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.
Tim Patrick is a software architect and developer with 25 years of experience in designing and building custom software solutions. As a Microsoft MVP and Microsoft Certified Solution Developer, he spends his days writing Visual Basic applications. Tim has published five tutorial and reference books on Visual Basic development, along with several articles on Visual Basic and related technologies. His works include "Visual Basic 2005 in a Nutshell" and "Visual Basic 2005 Cookbook," both published by O'Reilly Media.
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Ranging in size from 13 to 16 inches and 9 to 22 ounces, buffleheads are the smallest diving ducks in North America. Unlike other diving ducks, they are able to take flight directly from the water without having to run along the surface. They live by lakes, rivers, and bays in Canada and the northern U.S., migrating to coastal water on the Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf coasts as far south as Mazatlan in the winter months. They nest in aspen and poplar cavities excavated by northern flickers and pileated woodpeckers.
The bufflehead diet consists of fresh- and saltwater insects, snails, crustaceans, and plants. They dive for their food and swallow it underwater. Bufflehead ducks tend to stay in a group, one or two of them feeding while the others stand watch for any potential danger. Although not prized among duck hunters, buffleheads are hunted for sport in the U.S. and Canada and comprise approximately two percent of North American waterfowl hunting. Their status is not currently threatened, but habitat degradation is an increasing concern. Because the ducks return to the same breeding ground each year, overharvesting and deforestation could have a devastating impact on their population if not carefully monitored.
Comments about O'Reilly Media 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.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend