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Fluent Visual Basic

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  • Copyright 2012
  • Dimensions: 8" x 9-1/8"
  • Edition: 1st
  • eBook (Watermarked)
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-290060-2
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-290060-7

Based on the principles of cognitive science and instructional design, Fluent Visual Basic, part of the Fluent Learning series, is a true tutorial that will help you build effective working models for understanding a large and complex subject: developing .NET Framework applications in Visual Basic.

Most introductory books just talk at you and give you “exercises” that have more to do with taking dictation than actually learning. Fluent Visual Basic is different. It guides you through learning the way your mind likes to learn: by solving puzzles, making connections, and building genuine understanding instead of just memorizing random facts.


  • Write .NET applications in Visual Basic
  • Leverage the incredible power of the .NET Framework Class Library
  • Apply Object-Oriented principles, Design Patterns, and best practices to your code
  • Develop desktop applications using the powerful Windows Presentation Foundation user interface API

Sample Content

Table of Contents

Getting Started

Introduction.     1

Fluent Learning Because

This book isn’t for everyone

What you’ll learn

What you’ll need

How it works

1  Application Development     9

The development process

System design

Creating executables

2  The .NET Platform      43

.NET Components

Say hello

Say what?

3  The Visual Studio UI. 67

Solutions, projects and stuff

Take control

Get some help

4  Testing & Deployment     93

Errors & exceptions


The Language

5  Part 1: Nouns     121


Declared elements


Directives & Attributes

6  Part 2: Transitive Verbs     155

Literal expressions

Object expressions

7  Part 3: Intransitive Verbs      181

Control of flow commands

Exception handling commands

The .NET Framework Library

8  Classes in the .NET Framework 221

The Class Designer

Class definitions

Fields & properties


9  Other Framework Types      269




Working with types

10  The Class Library, Part 1     305


The Object Browser

Numeric data

Character data

Times & dates

11  The Class Library, Part 2     349


Specialized Sets


Best Practice

12  OOA & D.     381

Type relationships

OOP principles

Type modifiers

13  Programming Principles      425

The Single Responsibility Principle

The Open/Closed Principle

The Liskov Substitution Principle

The Law of Demeter

14  Patterns     457

The Strategy Pattern

The Observer Pattern

Architectural Patterns


15  XAML     501


WPF types

XAML & Visual Basic

16  WPF Controls     531

WPF panels

Control classes

Content controls

Items controls

17  Dependency Properties      591

The basics

Creating dependency properties

18  WPF Interactions      627

Routed events

WPF Commands

19  WPF Graphics      669






20  Resources      719

Resource dictionaries


Property triggerrs

Event triggers

21  Templates     765

Building controls

Building control templates

The VisualStateManager

22  WPF Binding     797

Creating bindings

Binding to collections

Working with collections

Index    846


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