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Professional VB.NET 2003 Paperback – June 18, 2004

ISBN-13: 078-5555883727 ISBN-10: 0764559923 Edition: 3rd

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Aimed at the reader with some previous programming experience who wants to know VB.NET in detail, Professional VB.NET digs in deeply to the latest version of the popular tool, with plenty of coverage of advanced topics. With in-depth advice for using VB.NET as a true object-oriented language, plus coverage of the inner workings of the .NET Framework itself, this book delivers a thorough and wide-ranging tutorial.

The team authorship of this title shows up in a variety of writing styles. Some early sections contain more theoretical material with a tutorial for designing classes with VB.NET, including its full support for inheritance and "classic" object-oriented design concepts like polymorphism. As this text moves forward, it gets more momentum with somewhat less prose and more examples. Standout sections include some fine material on using Windows Forms, plus excellent coverage of properties and visual design options. Coverage of custom controls is very good here and might well justify the price of this book for experts who need to design their own controls. Much of the book zeroes in on standalone application mode, though three solid chapters on Web Forms, custom Web controls, and Web services will get you started with ASP.NET on the Internet. Short code excerpts, rather than whole programs, are the rule here.

With coverage of .NET assemblies and deployment, threading and COM interoperability, experts will find what they need to get legacy COM and ActiveX components to work with .NET, as well as to start deploying .NET applications in the field. This is a title that can be skimmed in stretches to find topics that really solve day-to-day problems, particularly with the thornier areas of object-oriented design in VB (on which it is excellent though somewhat diffuse), plus advanced object-deployment, security, and other low-level details of the new .NET platform. Clearly, the new version of Visual Basic means big changes for all VB developers, but Professional VB.NET can help experienced VB users negotiate this leap successfully and help them get the most out of this new language and platform. --Richard Dragan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book is primarily aimed at experienced Visual Basic developers who want to make the transition to VB.NET. It will also be of benefit to programmers with a good grounding in VB.NET who want to step up to a professional level. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1056 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 3 edition (June 18, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764559923
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764559921
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,403,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Yet another good Wrox book.
James Crowley
Mispelled words also are catching enough to say that this book was in a hurry to be printed.
Jonathan A. Claveria
Don't get me wrong, this book isn't so much bad as just not very good.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Karl L Houseknecht on January 31, 2002
Format: Paperback
...spoil the soup. The combined regurgitation of 17 authors, each with their own programming style and unorthodox naming conventions makes for a very confusing book. The proofing on this book is absolutely miserable. You had better be a professional developer to get past the myriad of errata in the sample code and text.
All in all, the book does provide a decent jumping off point from which to explore the world of VB.Net. Don't expect a definitive manual, though. If you want that, read the online documentation for Visual Studio.Net. In many ways it is far superior and certainly the last word. I did read this book cover to cover and worked through all the examples. Thankfully, I was able to pick out and fix the errors in the code. A less experienced developer may become quickly frustrated with this book.
The examples are often academic and rarely provide any real-world insight into the intricacies of application development. Another frustrating point is the continued use of the phrase "...we'll explain that later in chapter 'XX'...". In some cases this phrase is used several times in one paragraph. It points to a lack of organization and planning as to how the material should have been presented. You should rightly be very suspicious about a book that was written well before the actual release of the .Net SDK. I think it would be safe to say that as a result, none of the authors have written production .Net code. And from the look of some of their examples, God help their clients.
Overall rating: disappointing. Would I buy it? Probably not. I was able to get my hands on one of several copies floating around at one of my client sites. If you have the ability to borrow it, do so and save yourself the $40. Otherwise, just skip it and read the online documentation that comes with the product.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "asquare_from_flatland" on September 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
I use to love Wrox books but they are getting sloppier and sloppier and weaker and weaker in the mad rush to be first to market. Don't get me wrong, this book isn't so much bad as just not very good. Topics that I expect to be in a professional level book (like printing) aren't there and often chapters stop just when they could have gotten to the professional level (the chapter on multithreading is a good example of this, no real discussion of deadlock or race conditions). I would actually say as a result of this the level of this book is actually beginner+ and not professional!
I do believe this could have been a great book if it had another 3 months of development behind it, and I would be willing to bet the second edition of this book will be great and Wrox will recapture it's old glory. But, as of now this book is just half baked.
(I also found the order of this book very strange, the core programming chapters on OOP are introduced in the middle?)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By StephenKara on September 12, 2001
Format: Paperback
After reading "VB.NET For Developers" I was looking for something to take me the next step. This wasnt the book. It seamed that all of the authors did not work together to come up with a concise guide. There is a great deal of content on different topics but not meaty enough to merit the title and I felt lots of duplication (Should have expected with so many authors). My recommendation is to pick up either the "VB.NET For Developers" book or the Dan Appleman book. And wait for a true Professional VB.NET book in several months.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dxyz on August 24, 2004
Format: Paperback
First, this review DOES refer to the current edition:
Professional VB.NET 2003, 3rd Edition

I have purchased many, many books published by WROX. I have found them to, for the most part, to be GREAT books with a range of information. The books are in series, so you can choose either Beginner or Professional versions.

BUT the one thing I can't understand is their total disinterest in creating a decent index. This book has the worst INDEX of all. Not only is the index very skimpy (as most of the WROX books are,) but THIS book's index is FULL of mistakes. It seems virtually every listing sends the user to the WRONG page. I just don't understand what the problem with Wrox is. This index issue of skimpiness/mistakes is found throughout their catalog of books.

NOTE: As far as content, I would have given this book FIVE stars, but someone from WROX should start addressing the INDEX issues.

If you wish to see well done indices just look at books from Microsoft Press.

Again, please understand, the content of this book is excellent.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 6, 2001
Format: Paperback
In my opinion, I don't feel this was a very well written book. It is quite prevalent that the book was pieced together by many different authors (as the cover implies), and in the true spirit of WROX, I am somewhat disappointed. While I did like the code samples (being a visually motivated learner), the inconsistency between chapters and examples was somewhat perplexing.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Scott on December 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
As others have mentioned it is easy to see that there were 14 different authors for this book. Some chapters were good, but most were not. If you have taken out all of the redundancies the book would have been 1/3 smaller. In many cases the book introduced the concept, gave 1 example and then quit - web services and threading. I expect more from a professional level book. In fact I would say this is maybe a beginner+ book. Also, several sections were just left out such as file handling.
All in all this was a major disappointment.
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