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From the reviews: "This book explains what .Net is, then provides a comprehensive guide to retraining. The style is conversational and easy to read. ... Presentation is well structured, with plenty of notes, tips and cautions on matters such as registry editing. There are cross references to related topics covered in other chapters, and a copious index and relevant references are provided at the end of each chapter, with useful downloads." (Philip Ballinger, Computer Bulletin, March, 2004)

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strongChris L. Richardson/strong is a senior software engineer on a .NET web development project at a Fortune 500 company. Before making the transition to Windows and web programming, he held senior programmer/analyst positions on the mainframe platform. For the majority of his 20+ years in the information technology field, he has developed using COBOL, CICS, and DB2. Chris proudly reminds people of his mainframe background and jokingly refers to himself as a "reformed mainframe programmer." He divides his leisure time between entrepreneurial endeavors (such as his startup, California-based eClectic Software Solutions) and studying for his next Microsoft certification exam.
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  • Series: .Net Developer
  • Paperback: 1032 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (April 10, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590590481
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590590485
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 6.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,635,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 28, 2003
Format: Paperback
Someone finally built a bridge to help mainframe programmers understand Windows and the Windows programming arena. While this book targets the mainframe COBOL programmer, it is none-the-less and good reference for those of us who have worked in the Windows arena, specifically .NET.
Chris dove into the .NET Framework with the understanding that after having rad his book you would have a good general understanding of .NET, not an indepth, "let's drown'em with a firehose" manual. Chris provided me with enough information to enable me to learn about the Framework, COBOL and areas where additional information could be found. If I wanted to read further I knew where to look. Chris's style was witty, funny and kept me entertained while I learned.
The .NET Framework is a huge undertaking in programming. With over 5,000 namespaces Chris covered the essentials to getting going in the Framework, giving the reader enough knowledge to reduce his/her search times and find the information in the Microsoft help files they may need.
A good read for anyone starting out in the .NET COBOL environment.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tim Huckaby on October 23, 2003
Format: Paperback
Comparing / contrasting JES to the CLR, then Object Oriented to JCL...I love that! And it's so perfect and makes so much sense. This book is perfect as an introduction to the world of .NET for the Mainframe programmer.
I have written in a few books and hundreds of magazine articles, but I have always maintained I'm just a technology guy who writes. Clearly, Chris Richardson is a real writer. And his editor(s) have done a wonderful job. This book is written like a novel. Most technology books are written mostly as reference. This book makes for a very interesting read...especially for those of us with a mainframe background. After reading this book, the COBOL programmer has obtained enough foundation in .NET, related back to the world he/she is comfortable in (mainframes), to take the next step and dive into more generic .NET titles and some real .NET application programming.
For years my problem has been figuring out how to convert the fantastic amount of talent on the mainframe side of the world to the current technology set so that I can hire them. As everyone knows, this is a brutally tough transition and the learning curve is almost insurmountable. Well, this book is a must for the mainframe programmer who wants to learn application development in .NET and very entertaining for us old guys who love to look back at the way it was.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Cravens on July 13, 2004
Format: Paperback
I bought "COBOL and Visual Basic on .NET" in order to learn VB.NET, but ended up receiving formal training through my employer before completing this 1,000 page book. Nevertheless, I constantly find myself referring to various chapters whenever my old COBOL brain has trouble understanding .NET and object oriented concepts.
Mr. Richardson's clear writing (despite his well-intentioned attempts at humor) and numerous examples make me very glad that I made the purchase. As long as COBOL and .NET exist, this book is a must-have for programmers like me. Speaking of existence, I bet that COBOL will be with us long after Mr. Gates pulls the plug on .NET.
If you are or have been a mainframe programmer and whether or not you know anything about .NET, you will be hard pressed to find a book as useful as this or one that is so well written.
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I must say of all the books on programming over the years this has to be the biggest disappointment of all.
I know both Cobol and Visual basic and I just started working with a Cobol using ,NET and I have been searching for information on how to use the Print Tools in .NET and I would think that book that is 992 pages long that information would be there.
Of the 992 pages there is one page dedicated to these Print functions. Actually it consists of less than a half a page a a total of Ten lines.

Needless to say it was disappointment.
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