Programming Visual Basic 2008
Build .NET 3.5 Applications with Microsoft's RAD Tool for Business
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: May 2008
Pages: 784

Ever since Visual Basic was merged into .NET, it's become the core language for creating business applications with Windows. The latest version, VB 2008, is even more useful -- and provides even more incentive for migrating from VB 6. All it lacks is a good book on how to harness its power. Programming Visual Basic 2008 fills the void.

Written in a lively and engaging style by a developer who's grown up with Visual Basic, including both VB 6 and VB .NET, this hands-on guide addresses the core topics of the new VB, from basic to complex, with plenty of code examples.

Programming Visual Basic 2008 also examines .NET programming from the application level with a chapter-by-chapter plan for developing, documenting, and deploying a full data-driven application. You learn, step-by-step, how to build and deploy a library management system, complete with patron, inventory, and barcode support.

The book's broad range of topics include:

  • VB language and its syntax
  • An overview of the .NET Framework
  • Object-oriented development in VB and .NET
  • Generic objects, collections, and nullable types
  • Design and management of software projects
  • Integrating desktop features with Windows Forms
  • Database design with SQL Server 2008
  • Database interface design with ADO.NET
  • The new LINQ feature, and how to use it within VB and .NET
  • Embedding XML within application source code
  • Encryption and authentication in .NET
  • Interacting with data stored in files and directories
  • Web development using ASP.NET
  • Deploying an application to a user's workstation
  • And much more

Programming Visual Basic 2008 is ideal for VB 6 programmers who are ready to move to .NET, as well as VB.NET programmers who wish to improve their project-focused software development skills. Programming novices and developers coming from other languages will find the book valuable because of its language instruction and project design knowledge.

Once you finish the book, you will have a firm grasp of VB 2008's core concepts and language elements, and understand how to build VB projects as they were intended -- as complete, cohesive solutions.

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Finally, a definitive guide!

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    Comments about oreilly Programming Visual Basic 2008:

    I have tried to learn vb2008 many times, but always was confused by the complexity, I even tried microsoft's own tutorials, to no avail. Then I checked this book out from the library, and after the first few pages I knew this was it. Tim Patrick gives thorough explanations combined with witty humor. If you need to learn vb2008, this is the book for you.

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    This book is very easy to understand.

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      By the help of this book i am now able to develop a good applications on VB

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      This book is a keeper ...

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        Comments about oreilly Programming Visual Basic 2008:

        Tim Patrick is a savvy and witty writer.

        This book is a pleasure to read.

        His illustrations (tea cups) and examples are powerful teaching devices that commanded and held my attention with remarkable effectiveness.

        This is a MUST read for all novice and experienced developers.

        This book is a keeper... read it to believe!

        Kudos to Tim Patrick!

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        Best book to know Visual Basic

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          This is readly wonderful book for any VB Programmer of any level.

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