Visual Basic 2012 Unleashed, 2nd Edition
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Alessandro Del Sole, Microsoft MVP for Visual Basic, is well known throughout the global VB community. He is community leader on the Italian VB Tips and Tricks website that serves more than 42,500 developers, and a frequent contributor and blogger at MSDN’s Visual Basic Developer Center. He is the author of six books about .NET development with Visual Basic.
Fully updated for Windows 8 support, .NET 4.5, and Windows Phone development, this is the most comprehensive, practical reference to modern programming with Visual Basic 2012. Written by Visual Basic MVP Alessandro Del Sole, a long-time leader of the global VB community, this book illuminates the core of the VB language and demonstrates its effective use in many current programming scenarios.
Del Sole covers both Visual Basic 2012 Professional Edition for professional developers and the Express Edition for hobbyists, novices, and students. Writing for VB programmers at all levels of experience, he walks through using VB 2012 for data access, Windows desktop/Windows Phone user interface development, networking, communication, and much more.
For those moving from structured languages—including VB 6—Del Sole offers detailed guidance on building effective object-oriented code. He also demonstrates how to make the most of Microsoft’s updated .NET 4.5 platform to write more robust and powerful software.
Detailed information on how to…
¿ Understand the Visual Studio 2012 IDE, .NET Framework 4.5, and the anatomy of a VB 2012 application
¿ Debug VB applications and implement error handling and exceptions
¿ Build efficient object-oriented software with classes, objects, namespaces, and inheritance
¿ Work with advanced object-oriented features, including interfaces, generics, delegates, events, and collections
¿ Access data with LINQ—including LINQ to Objects, SQL, DataSets, Entities, XML, and Parallel LINQ
¿ Build modern Windows applications with WPF
¿ Develop web-centric applications using ASP.NET, Silverlight 5, and Windows Azure Services cloud computing
¿ Use advanced .NET 4.5 platform capabilities, including asynchronous programming, multithreading, parallel programming
¿ Build apps for Windows Phone
¿ Test code with unit tests, TDD, and code contracts
¿ Deploy apps efficiently with InstallShield for Visual Studio and ClickOnce
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A great resource for the experienced programmer to upgrade their VB skills,
This review is from: Visual Basic 2012 Unleashed (2nd Edition) (Paperback)Approximately every 18 months I am contacted by the local community college about a potential contract training job. In general a company or organization is looking to make a significant change in the way they perform one or more of their IT functions. In some cases, the company is in a hurry to get rolling and when that is the case the language they want to use is almost always Visual Basic. Therefore, VB is the one language in my repertoire that I never let lapse into a rusty state.
Like all other people in IT, when there is the need for an upgrade of one of my skills I want it fast and generally restricted to what is new in the latest iteration. In the area of VB, this book is an excellent solution for this need. While the explanation on the back cover states that it is "for VB programmers at all levels of experience", programming novices will struggle with the more advanced topics such as objects, interfaces, inheritance, generics, iterators, namespaces, LINQ, serialization,... Read more
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Table of Contents
Part I Learning the Basics of VB
1 Introducing the .NET Framework 4.5 1
2 Getting Started with the Visual Studio 2012 IDE 11
3 The Anatomy of a Visual Basic Project 63
4 Data Types and Expressions 89
5 Debugging Visual Basic 2012 Applications 179
6 Handling Errors and Exceptions 207
Part II Object-Oriented Programming with Visual Basic 2012
7 Class Fundamentals 225
8 Managing an Object’s Lifetime 269
9 Organizing Types Within Namespaces 283
10 Modules 301
11 Structures and Enumerations 305
12 Inheritance 323
13 Interfaces 347
14 Generics and Nullable Types 367
15 Delegates and Events 379
16 Working with Collections and Iterators 393
17 Creating Objects: Visual Tools and Portable Libraries 423
Part III Advanced Language Features
18 Manipulating Files and Streams 453
19 The My Namespace 477
20 Advanced Language Features 511
Part IV Data Access with ADO.NET and LINQ
21 Introducing ADO.NET and DataSets 539
22 Introducing LINQ 549
23 LINQ to Objects 557
24 LINQ to SQL 587
25 LINQ to DataSets 621
26 Introducing ADO.NET Entity Framework 629
27 Manipulating XML Documents with LINQ and XML Literals 671
Part V Building Windows Desktop Applications
28 Creating WPF Applications 693
29 WPF Common Controls 725
30 Brushes, Styles, Templates, and Animations in WPF 757
31 Manipulating Media and Documents 793
32 Introducing Data-Binding 811
33 Localizing Applications 841
Part VI Building Web Applications
34 Building ASP.NET Web Applications 851
35 Publishing ASP.NET Web Applications 883
36 Building Rich Internet Applications with Silverlight 5 893
37 Building and Deploying Applications for Windows Azure 929
38 Building Apps for Windows Phone 7.5 955
Part VII Networking and Exposing Data Through Networks
39 Creating and Consuming WCF Services 991
40 Implementing and Consuming WCF Data Services 1013
Part VIII Advanced .NET Framework with VB 2012
41 Serialization 1035
42 Processes and Multithreading 1057
43 Parallel Programming and Parallel LINQ 1069
44 Asynchronous Programming 1103
45 Working with Assemblies 1143
46 Reflection 1157
47 Coding Attributes 1181
48 Platform Invokes and Interoperability with the COM Architecture 1191
49 Documenting the Source Code with XML Comments 1207
Part IX Applications Deployment
50 Understanding the Global Assembly Cache 1221
51 Setup and Deployment Projects with InstallShield for Visual Studio 1229
52 Deploying Applications with ClickOnce 1245
Part X Mastering the Visual Studio 2012 IDE
53 Advanced IDE Features 1261
54 Introducing the Visual Studio Extensibility 1287
55 Advanced Analysis Tools 1309
56 Testing Code with Unit Tests, Test-Driven Development, and Code Contracts 1337
A Useful Resources and Tools for Visual Basic 1357
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