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Visual Basic.NET How to Program, Second Edition Paperback – December 11, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0130293633 ISBN-10: 0130293636 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Series: How to Program
  • Paperback: 1517 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 2 edition (December 11, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130293636
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130293633
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,049,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

The authoritative DEITEL LIVE-CODE introduction to Windows®, .NET, Internet and World Wide Web programming in Visual Basic® .NET

This exciting new Second Edition of the Deitels' best-selling Visual Basic textbook carefully explains how to use Visual Basic .NET—a premier language in Microsoft's new .NET initiative—as a general-purpose programming language and how to program multi-tier, client/server, database-intensive, Internet- and Web-based .NET applications.

Dr. Harvey M. Deitel and Paul J. Deitel are the founders of Deitel & Associates, Inc., the internationally-recognized corporate-training and content-creation organization specializing in Visual Basic® .NET, C#, Visual C++® .NET, Java, C++, C, XML, Python, Perl; Internet, Web, wireless, e-business and object technologies. The Deitels are the authors of several worldwide #1 programming-language textbooks, including Java How to Program, 4/e, C++ How to Program, 3/e and Internet & World Wide Web How to Program, 2/e.

In Visual Basic .NET How to Program, 2/e, the Deitels and their colleague, Tem. R. Nieto, discuss topics you need to build complete .NET, Web-based applications, including:

  • .NET Introduction/IDE/Debugger
  • Control Structures/Procedures/Arrays
  • Classes/Data Abstraction/Strings
  • OOP/Inheritance/Polymorphism
  • Methods/Properties/Events/Delegates
  • Data Structures/Collections/Unicode®
  • Database/ADO.NET/SQL
  • Assemblies/Modules/Exceptions
  • GUI/Forms/Controls/Visual Inheritance
  • Web Services/ASP.NET/Web Forms
  • VoiceXML/Regular Expressions
  • Files/Streams/Multimedia/Graphics/GDI+
  • Multithreading/Client-Server/Networking
  • Session Tracking/Cookies/Accessibility
  • HTML 4/XHTML/COM Integration

Visual Basic .NET How to Program, 2/e includes extensive pedagogic features:

  • Hundreds of LIVE-CODE programs with screen captures that show exact outputs
  • Extensive World Wide Web and Internet resources to encourage further research
  • Hundreds of tips, recommended practices and cautions—all marked with icons

Visual Basic .NET How to Program, 2/e is the centerpiece of a complete family of resources for teaching and learning Visual Basic .NET, including several Web sites ( and with the book's source-code examples (which are also on the enclosed CD) and other information for faculty, students and professionals; an optional interactive CD (Visual Basic .NET Multimedia Cyber Classroom, 2/e) containing hyperlinks, solutions to half the book's exercises and audio walkthroughs of the book's code examples; and e-mail access to the authors at:

For information on worldwide Deitel on-site seminars and to subscribe to the Deitel Buzz e-mail newsletter, visit:

About the Author

Dr. Harvey Deitel is one of the world's leading computer science instructors and seminar presenters, and author of more than a dozen books. He worked on the pioneering operating system teams in industry and academia that developed many of the techniques at the heart of operating systems like UNIX®, Windows NT™ and OS/2™.

Paul Deitel has taught Visual Basic, Java, C and C++ at numerous hardware and software companies, including Sun Microsystems, Digital Equipment Corporation, IBM, Open Environment Corporation, Adra Systems, and Cambridge Technology Partners, and is himself an expert developer.

The Deitels are principals of Deitel & Associates, Inc., an international training organization specializing in Visual Basic, Java, C and C++, and object technologies.

More About the Author

I am CEO and Chief Technical Officer of Deitel & Associates, Inc. I graduated from MIT where I studied Information Technology. Through Deitel & Associates, Inc., I have delivered hundreds of programming courses to industry clients, including Cisco, IBM, Siemens, Sun Microsystems, Dell, Lucent Technologies, Fidelity, NASA at the Kennedy Space Center, the National Severe Storm Laboratory, White Sands Missile Range, Rogue Wave Software, Boeing, SunGard Higher Education, Stratus, Cambridge Technology Partners, One Wave, Hyperion Software, Adra Systems, Entergy, CableData Systems, Nortel Networks, Puma, iRobot, Invensys and many more. Our books are used worldwide and are translated into many languages.

Customer Reviews

The book uses color to enhance the text and full-color on every screen shot.
David Gurgel
Whether you're just beginning to learn programming or you're experienced, this book will get you wherever you want to go.
Mario Chavez
Not to mention that neither what a "method" is was explained in the first place!

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 19, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is simply a great book (and the best I have found for learning from scratch).
Unfortunately for me, I paid too much attention to the negative reviews on this book, as well as the higher (relative to other books) price. You get what you pay for, and this book is worth it, even though it is more expensive. I don't know the authors from adam, and I am not their friend. I simply want to help others who are learning from scratch, like me, and do not have the flexibility in their schedule to take a college course. (I already have an engineeing degree, I don't want more classroom time!)
I ended up buying this book almost last, after buying Visual by Petroutsos, the Microsoft press books ( Step by Step is a JOKE), bible, and Karl Moore's Tutorials. Dietel's books simply blow all of the above away. Also, Dietel's books are used in serious college courses, while none of the above are. Makes you think.
By the way, I ended up reselling many of the other books I mentioned on Amazon, and bought more books by Deitel.
I noticed that there are some Microsoft employees giving Deitel's books bad reviews. Can you say "COnflict of Interest" ??!!
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Todd I. Stark VINE VOICE on January 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book has a very distinctive layout seemingly intended to make it easier to read their extremely dense content. It is packed with useful introductory and moderate level VB.NET information, presented in a systematic teaching format more than a reference format, although it seems to be a compromise of both.
I recommend considering this book as a combination introduction and one-volume reference to VB.NET for those who are going to be primarily using that language for their work on the Dot Net framework, and especially for those who already have some programming experience. It covers programming basics well, but very concisely. The basics of Web Services, Web Forms, and various kinds of applications are covered in a solid fundamental way with useful but simple examples.
I also recommend peeking inside first to be sure that you don't find the distinctive layout too distracting. Their visually dramatic use of different colors and fonts (for example, they often use a larger font in addition to bolding, making the key terms jump out at you visually) makes it easier to find useful things quickly, but I think many people will find it tiresome when reading large portions of the book at once.
For those who find the layout too distracting but are impressed by the content and organization, another book in the same series, "Visual Basic .NET for Experienced Programmers" has much of the same content presented in a more subdued style more similar to most reference guides.
The book is a mixture of "how to" and textbook and contains a CD with code, and so will particularly appeal to those who want a strong formal background in the concepts but also want to get started immediately with programming.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By S. Howard on January 9, 2003
Format: Paperback
I am an experienced programmer from way back trying to figure out the .NET world. My list of competency includes over 30 applications including Excel VBA's and Authorware. I am in my 32nd year of teaching engineering. I purchase and read a considerable number of computer books including at least six VB.Net books. Each person has his own style. I find Deitel's book very useful and am grateful for their effort. I am intrigued by the either very positive or very negative reviews on their book. I think it speaks to the different ways people are wired to think.
The book is a very example oriented learning resource that explains step-by-step every facet of well-sequenced programs. I found it most useful even though I already had a simple .NET application running on the web. The book explained very nicely the intricacies of object oriented programming that is somewhat troublesome for me. I am a very verb oriented programmer whereas .NET is a noun oriented language. That orientation may well divide the reviewers of this book.
The visual layout of the book is very appealing and most likely the reason for the somewhat higher cost. However, it is well worth it.
For the record, I do not know nor have I any connection with the authors other than a reader of their wonderful book.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By David Gurgel VINE VOICE on January 18, 2002
Format: Paperback
Having worked through the Deitels' C++ book two years back, I was delighted to find their VB.NET book. Training programmers is the business of the Deitel family. This book, like the others, is finely detailed. The book uses color to enhance the text and full-color on every screen shot. It's up-to-date with Beta 2 of VB.NET and the .NET IDE.
The 1517 pages cover each topic from the ground up, but it is so well written (and beautifully printed) that it makes a great text for learning VB.NET even for programmers who are already expert in another language. Remember it's for learning, not for reference, and for those learning VB.NET from the ground up. Those with a good foundation in VB6 will want to look elsewhere unless they have the patience and desire to review fundamentals.
The book is loaded with code samples, which are on an enclosed CD, and chapters are followed with long problem sets. Solutions to some of the problems can be found on the web site. ASP.NET, SQL Server, ADO.NET, and Web Services - the other fundamental technologies in the huge Microsoft .NET initiative - are all covered in enough detail to permit completing simple real business applications.

Spend the extra $30 if you are serious about programming. The Deitel books are used on many college campuses for programming courses. If you are moving into programming from another technical area, you will be well grounded and ready to apply for entry-level jobs in the exciting world of .NET after you complete this book.
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