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Professional Visual Basic 2012 and .NET 4.5 Programming [Paperback]

by Bill Sheldon, Billy Hollis, Rob Windsor, David McCarter, Gastón Hillar, Todd Herman
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January 4, 2013 111831445X 978-1118314456 1
Explore Visual Basic 2012 and .NET 4.5 with this fully updated resource

After a quick review of the of introductory topics of Visual Basic 2012 and .NET 4.5, this book moves quickly into advanced topics such as data access with ADO.NET, security, ASP.NET web programming with Visual Basic, Windows workflow, and threading. You'll explore the essential Visual Basic 2012 functions you need, including .NET features such as LINQ, WCF, and more. Plus, you'll examine exception handling and debugging, Visual Studio features, and deployment.

  • Puts the new Async keyword and Iterators to work
  • Explores new options and interfaces presented by Windows 8 development and WinRT
  • Continues strong coverage of core language elements and tools and creating componentized applications

This updated version of Professional Visual Basic 2012 and .NET 4.5 retains its expert author team, including one of the best-known and respected Microsoft Visual Basic MVPs, Bill Sheldon, and Microsoft Regional Director “Software Legend” Billy Hollis.

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Explore Visual Basic 2012 and .NET 4.5 with this updated resource

The new Visual Basic 2012 and its compatibility with .NET 4.5 require that programmers be familiar with all the latest subject matter. After a quick refresher of the basics, this must-have resource quickly dives into more advanced topics to examine the important topics, such as data access with ADO.NET, security, ASP.NET web programming with VB, Windows workflow, and threading. In-depth coverage looks at the new .NET features, including LINQ, WCF, XML, WPF, and more. Plus, you'll address exception handling and debugging, Visual Studio features, and deployment.

Professional Visual Basic 2012 and .NET 4.5 Programming:

  • Details the elements of a .NET application and discusses how to create your own namespace
  • Addresses implementing inheritance and creating an abstract base class
  • Highlights advanced language concepts such as lambdas, iterators, and async keywords
  • Reviews designer concepts and the Win8 client
  • Discusses assemblies and reflection, parallel programming using tasks and threads, and deployment
  • Looks at XAML syntax, using XAML to create a window, and creating a WinRT XAML application

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About the Author

Bill Sheldon, Visual Basic MVP for 8 years, is the Vice President of Information Technology for Rubio's Restaurants. He can be found at @NerdNotes.

Billy Hollis, MVP, is a developer and UX designer at Next Version Systems. He is also a well-known and prolific speaker and trainer.

Rob Windsor, MVP, is Lead SharePoint Consultant with Portal Solutions—a Microsoft Gold Partner.

David McCarter, MVP, is a principal software engineer/architect and editor-in-chief of

Gaston C. Hillar, MVP, is tech leader and architect at Bootsoft Inc. He contributes to Dr. Dobbs and blogs for Intel Software Network.

Todd Herman is a senior software engineer at Apx Labs focused on developing a library to support the XMPP standard.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 912 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (January 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 111831445X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118314456
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.4 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Still a great book but why was it downsized? March 6, 2013
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I am buying this series "Professional Visual" since Version 2005 I think and was always really happy about the book. These Wrox "monster" books cover so much knowledge in medium to high detail that it's always very helpful to read and for research when needing knowledge about the .Net features and if they are suitable for someone's development projects.

If you ever needed more than what's written in the book you would consult the internet or other book to dive deeper into the subject you are interested in.

These books were / are perfect in my opinion.

I was really looking forward in getting the newest version of that book for Visual Basic 2012. This book has been updated with new feature of .Net framework 4.5 which is great.

The problem I have is that so much was left out/removed.
The predecessor "professional Visual Basic 2010 and .Net 4.0 programming" had 34 chapters and about 1200 pages in very small print.

This one has only 850 pages and 20 chapters in a bigger font.

So much has been removed from that book. Chapters like UnitTesting, Sharepoint development, network programming, assemblies and reflection and many more have just been removed completley.

That's my only criticism, but it's a big one.

This book is still worth buying but I'm a bit disappointed. So 4 out of 5 stars.
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