Visual Basic 2005: A Developer's Notebook
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: April 2005
Pages: 264

When Microsoft introduced the Visual Basic .NET programming language, as part of its move to the .NET Framework two years ago, many developers willingly made the switch. Millions of others, however, continued to stick with Visual Basic 6. They weren't ready for such a radical change, which included an object-oriented environment similar to Java. They liked the old Visual Basic just fine.In an effort to win over those diehard VB6 developers, the company has included a new version of VB.NET in its upcoming next generation release of the Visual Studio .NET development platform. Visual Basic 2005 comes with innovative language constructs, new compiler features, dramatically enhanced productivity and an improved debugging experience. The language's new version is now available in beta release, and Microsoft is encouraging developers to give it a test drive.Visual Basic 2005: A Developer's Notebook provides the ideal test track. With nearly 50 hands-on projects, this practical introduction to VB 2005 will bring you up to speed on all the new features of this language by allowing you to work with them directly. The book summarizes the changes that VB 2005 brings, and tells you how to acquire, install and configure the beta version of VB 2005 SDK. Each project or experiment explores a different feature, with emphasis on changes that can increase productivity, simplify programming tasks, and help you add new functionality to your applications.This one-of-a-kind book also offers suggestions for further experimentation, links to on-line documentation and other sources of information, and practical notes and warnings from the author.The new Developer's Notebooks series from O'Reilly offers an in-depth first look at important new tools for software developers. Emphasizing example over explanation and practice over theory, they focus on learning by doing you'll get the goods straight from the masters, in an informal and code-intensive style. For those who want to get up speed with VB 2005 right away, this is the perfect all lab, no lecture guide.

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Great book to go from VB6 to VB2005

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As a Visual Basic 6 programmer for 8 years, this book quickly got me going in VB2005. I love the .Net 2.0 information and Matthew's examples and reference were right on with what I do. I will definately buy more of his books in the future.

 
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Visual Basic 2005: A Developer's Notebook - Very, Very Useful

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This book seems to be targeted at the experienced VB developer who would like to get up to speed with the new features of VB 2005 as quickly as possible. I really liked the style of the book, it allows you to dip into a particular feature that you would like to learn more about and get quickly up to speed with it. "How do I do that?" it asks and answers. Ohh and "What about..." and "Where can I learn more?". If you have used the O' Reilly cookbooks before then the principle will be familiar to you. If you are looking for a more in-depth approach then the nutshell range may suit you better.

The "notebook" moniker is perfect for this range because it is just that, it comes across as working notes rather than a comprehensive reference. Perfect for someone who wants to get started with these new technologies as soon as possible or just to know what new features are available so they can be called upon at a later date when required. I found it very readable.

The book explains how Visual Studio has been improved (e.g. the return of 'code, debug and continue') and how the language has changed (e.g. new My namespace). It then goes into detail about windows applications and web applications where it introduces the more intelligent grid control: DataGridView. Finally the book covers files, databases, XML and Platform Services.

I am very glad to have this book on my shelf. Not only has it made me aware of new features which are available but I am finding it useful for flicking open to find out more about a funky feature when I hear about it on a newsgroup.

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