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The authoritative, must-have guide to Visual Basic .NET for all Visual Basic programmers, straight from the author of the language spec!

° This praise from Bill Gates will be prominent on the front cover: "this book is the definitive language reference for VB."

° Practical - complete yet concise coverage, clear writing style, useful example code explaining all key points, and easy to follow organization

° Timely - recent studies indicate that the long-awaited migration from VB6 to VB .NET is about to occur

Description

  • Copyright 2004
  • Dimensions: 7x9-1/4
  • Pages: 432
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-321-16951-4
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-321-16951-8

Praise for The Visual Basic .NET Programming Language

“There is no substitute to getting the inside scoop directly from a book written by the father of a programming language such as Bjarne Stroustrup for C++, James Gosling for Java and Alan Cooper for the original version of Visual Basic. Paul Vick, the father of Visual Basic .NET, explains the whys and hows of this exciting new language better than any other human being on the planet.”

     —Ted Pattison, Barracuda.NET

The Visual Basic .NET Programming Language includes nuances that in all my use and study of VB .NET, I haven’t seen discussed anywhere else. For example, I learned that you can use the Imports statement to import an Enum name, so that you needn’t refer to the enum in all its uses. In addition, I learned that the dictionary lookup operator, ‘!’, works in VB .NET—I thought this one had been retired. In any case, if you’re searching for a book that covers all the language syntax issues, and more, Paul Vick’s book is a great place to look.”

     —Ken Getz, Senior Consultant, MCW Technologies, LLC

“This book is an excellent stepping stone for Visual Basic developers wanting to get their toes wet in the .NET waters. Paul’s presentation of the core topics all VB developers should tackle first is clear, concise, and unlike other books in the genre, does not overwhelm the reader. The VB6 vs. VB.NET task-oriented approach guides you through the new language and OO features, and then moves to basic threading and other CLR topics—as well as to the key points in the COM to .NET transition—in a well thought-out sequence. If you’ve been holding out on VB .NET, this is a great book to get you started.”

     —Klaus H. Probst, Sr. Consultant/Architect, Spherion Technology Services, Microsoft MVP

“There is no shortage of VB .NET books in the market, but this is the only book straight from the creators. While that is an excellent reason in itself for reading this book, it is the brevity and clarity of the content, along with the examples, that makes this book a must-have.”

     —Amit Kalani, Developer

“Overall, I liked this book and it definitely benefited me. I learned new things I didn’t see anywhere else and I’ll certainly put these to good use in the future. Paul’s book makes a great reference manual for intermediate and advanced VB .NET developers.”

     —Philip Williams, System Engineer, LDC Direct

“This book contains a lot of great information I have seen nowhere else and addresses issues that other books do not.”

     —Ethan Roberts, .NET Architect, General Casualty

“This book is full of useful information and provides a good historical background for the Visual Basic .NET Language.”

     —Dave Vitter, Technical Lead Developer and author of Designing Visual Basic .NET Applications (Coriolis, 2001)
The definitive Microsoft Visual Basic .NET reference—authored by Visual Basic .NET’s lead architect

If you want to leverage all of VB .NET’s immense power, get this book. It’s the definitive VB .NET reference and tutorial, and the first Visual Basic book written by one of VB .NET’s lead architects. No other book offers this much behind-the-scenes insight about why VB .NET works the way it does, how it evolved, and how you can make the most of it.

The Visual Basic .NET Programming Language is a superb learning tool for new VB .NET programmers and a must-have reference for developers at every level. Paul Vick presents precise language descriptions, essential reference materials, practical insights, and hundreds of code samples, straight from Microsoft’s VB .NET design team.

Just some of the features include:

  • A history and overview of Visual Basic’s evolution into VB .NET
  • Complete coverage of the language syntax
  • Transitioning from COM to the CLR and leveraging the .NET platform
  • Runtime functions
  • Taking full advantage of VB .NET’s object-oriented features
  • Notes on style, design, and compatibility throughout the text
  • Notes for the advanced user throughout the text

Vick exposes VB .NET’s most powerful capabilities with unprecedented depth and clarity, and packs this book with information you simply won’t find anywhere else. Whether you’re an experienced VB .NET programmer, upgrading from earlier versions of Visual Basic, or coming to Visual Basic and .NET for the first time, you’ll find this book indispensable.



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Table of Contents



Figures.


Tables.


Preface.


1. Language Overview.

Hello, World!

Fundamental Types.

Arrays.

Statements.

Exception Handling.

Memory Management.

Classes, Structures, and Modules.

Fields.

Methods.

Properties.

Events.

Namespaces.

Delegates.

Inheritance.

Interfaces.

Attributes.

Versioning.

Conclusion.



2. Basic Concepts.

Language Fundamentals.

Declarations and Names.

Accessibility.

The .NET Framework.

Conclusion.



3. Fundamental Types.

Boolean.

Integer Data Types.

Floating-Point Data Types.

Decimal Data Type.

Char and String Data Types.

Date Data Type.

Object Data Type.

Conversions.

Conclusion.



4. Arrays and Enumerations

Arrays.

Enumerations.

Conclusion.



5. Operators.

Precedence.

Operator Resolution.

Arithmetic Operators.

Comparison Operators.

Logical and Bitwise Operators.

Shift Operators.

String Operators.

Type Operators.

Constant Expressions.

Conclusion.



6. Statements.

Local Declaration Statements.

Assignment.

With Statement.

Conditional Statements.

Looping Statements.

Branching Statements.

Program Flow Statements.

SyncLock.

Conclusion.



7. Exceptions.

Throwing Exceptions.

Structured Exception Handling.

Unstructured Exception Handling.

Conclusions.



8. Modules and Namespaces.

Modules.

Namespaces.

Imports.

Preprocessing.

Conclusion.



9. Classes and Structures.

Memory Management.

Value Types and Structures.

Reference Types and Classes.

Shared versus Instance.

Constructors.

Nested Types.

Finalization and Resource Disposal.

Conclusion.



10. Methods.

Subroutines and Functions.

Parameters.

Method Invocation.

Overloading.

Declare Statements.

Conclusion.



11. Fields and Properties.

Fields.

Properties.

Conclusion.



12. Events and Delegates.

Defining and Raising Events.

Declarative Event Handling.

Handling Events Dynamically.

Delegates.

Delegates and Event Implementation.

Conclusion.



13. Inheritance.

Protected Accessibility.

Conversions.

The .NET Framework Type Hierarchy.

Overriding.

Abstract Classes and Methods.

Conclusion.



14. Interfaces.

Defining Interfaces.

Implementing Interfaces.

Consuming Interfaces.

Interface Inheritance.

Conclusion.



15. Attributes.

Applying Attributes.

Defining Attributes.

Storing and Reading Attributes.

Conclusion.



16. Versioning.

Shadowing.

Overloading.

Obsolete.

Conclusion.



Appendix A. Runtime Functions.

AppWinStyle Enumeration.

CallType Enumeration.

Collection Class.

ComClassAttribute Attribute.

CompareMethod Enumeration.

Constants Module.

ControlChars Class.

Conversion Module.

DateAndTime Module.

DateFormat Enumeration.

DateInterval Enumeration.

DueDate Enumeration.

ErrObject Class.

FileAttribute Enumeration.

FileSystem Module.

Financial Module.

FirstDayOfWeek Enumeration.

FirstWeekOfYear Enumeration.

Globals Module.

Information Module.

Interaction Module.

MsgBoxResult Enumeration.

MsgBoxStyle Enumeration.

OpenAccess Enumeration.

OpenMode Enumeration.

OpenShare Enumeration.

Strings Module.

TriState Enumeration.

VariantType Enumeration.

VbStrConv Enumeration.

VBMath Module.

VBFixedArrayAttribute Attribute.

VBFixedStringAttribute Attribute.



Appendix B. Making the Transition from COM to the CLR.

Type System Additions.

Type System Modifications.

Platform Changes.

Language Cleanup.



Index.

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