Visual Basic 2005 in a Nutshell, 3rd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: January 2006
Pages: 768

When Microsoft made Visual Basic into an object-oriented programming language, millions of VB developers resisted the change to the .NET platform. Now, after integrating feedback from their customers and creating Visual Basic 2005, Microsoft finally has the right carrot. Visual Basic 2005 offers the power of the .NET platform, yet restores the speed and convenience of Visual Basic. Accordingly, we've revised the classic in a Nutshell guide to the Visual Basic language to cover the Visual Basic 2005 version and all of its new features.

Unlike other books on the subject, Visual Basic 2005 in a Nutshell, 3rd Edition doesn't assume you're a novice. It's a detailed, professional reference to the Visual Basic language-a reference that you can use to jog your memory about a particular language element or parameter. It'll also come in handy when you want to make sure that there isn't some "gotcha" you've overlooked with a particular language feature.

The book is divided into three major parts: Part I introduces the main features and concepts behind Visual Basic programming; Part II thoroughly details all the functions, statements, directives, objects, and object members that make up the Visual Basic language; and Part III contains a series of helpful appendices. Some of the new features covered include Generics, a convenient new library called My Namespace, and the operators used to manipulate data in Visual Basic.

No matter how much experience you have programming with Visual Basic, you want Visual Basic 2005 in a Nutshell, 3rd Edition close by, both as a standard reference guide and as a tool for troubleshooting and identifying programming problems.

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I found this book to be a book that you probably won't want to read cover to cover.

It doesn't tell a story, nor does it lead you through an entire development project assuming that you're a novice developer, but what it does do is provide one of the best reference sources on the VB 2005 language that I've yet to come across.

The TOC is easy to follow and well laid out and the index includes everything that I could think of to reference.

Each language element included the syntax for use, along with tips & warnings, details on the arguments & return values, as well as detailed coding examples clearly demonstrating the use.

The only fault I was able to find is that it wasn't autographed by the authors, since I value autographed copies, but hey, I guess I can't have everything.

Another "Brisk Wind" on the Lethbridge Wind scale

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