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The Book of Visual Basic 2005: .NET Insight for Classic VB Developers 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 1593270747
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Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

From the author of the highly acclaimed Book of VB .NET comes this comprehensive introduction to Visual Basic 2005, the newest version of Microsoft’s popular programming language. If you’re a developer who is new to the language, you will learn to use VB 2005 effectively. If you’re from the old school of VB but haven’t yet made the jump to .NET, you will be able to make the transition seamlessly. And you won’t have to wade through boring, unnecessary material before you get there.

This guide covers all the necessities, ditching jargon and getting right to the substance of how to:
• Implement object-oriented programming with classes, interfaces, and inheritance
• Design well-behaved multithreaded applications
• Work with XML, file streams, and ADO.NET, the .NET toolkit for relational databases
• Build code-driven web pages and rich Windows applications
• Deploy your applications with snazzy setup programs

Conversational in tone and eminently readable, this book tackles VB 2005’s hot new features and explains how to work with .NET, but it doesn’t water the information down for beginners. After a brief overview of changes from VB 6, you’ll get real-world examples in each chapter that will get you up to speed and ready to perform in the VB 2005 environment. Helpful code examples, references to additional online material, and tips on planning, design, and architecture round out The Book of Visual Basic 2005.

Professional developers who need to master VB 2005 will want this book by their side.

About the Author

Matthew MacDonald is a developer, author, and educator in all things Visual Basic and .NET. He's worked with Visual Basic and ASP since their initial versions, and written over a dozen books on the subject, including The Book of VB .NET (No Starch Press) and Visual Basic 2005: A Developer's Notebook (O'Reilly).


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (April 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593270747
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593270742
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,457,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Harold McFarland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 5, 2006
Format: Paperback
The focus of this book is to take a traditional Visual Basic developer who is already experienced writing Visual Basic programs and use that as a base to move them to the .NET platform. One of the problems of the traditional Visual Basic program has been that it has its own way of doing things and is built on a platform that is different from other object-oriented languages such as C++ and Java. Of course this is not the only problem but if you program in more than one language then Visual Basic's dlls would often replace and create problems for the other language and vice-versa. The vision of .NET was to create a common language runtime with common classes that can be used for all languages. The problem is that this meant a complete rewrite of Visual Basic and many of the expressions used before no longer work. This need to relearn how to do so many things has slowed the adoption of the .NET framework for Visual Basic. This book comes to the rescue by providing a convenient learning pathway that starts with the familiar for the Visual Basic 6 programmer and moves them from there to the correct use of the .Net framework to accomplish the same goal. For the Visual Basic programmer making the move to the .NET platform The Book of Visual Basic 2005 is highly recommended.
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I enjoyed reading this book, esp. on serialization and some topics on transitioning from VB 6 to .net. Not for beginners, but if you know how to program, it won't hurt to have this book and go through the topics, you will learn a lot from it. I'm given this 4 stars only as I'm looking for a book that will be able to answer my VB questions clearly.
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'The Book of Visual Basic 2005: .NET Insight for Classic VB Developers' by Matthew MacDonald is another fantastic book written by the busy author Matthew MacDonald. Presented in a very entertaining and fun format thanks to the No Starch line, this book will cover Visual Basic 2005 from top to bottom and show you why it's one of the most popular and easy languages to develop in. With ~500 pages of material and 14 chapters, this book doesn't skimp on any of the good stuff (plenty of whip cream and jimmies for everyone).

If you are a VB programmer and want to learn about how far it's come and why the .NET framework makes RAD ever more RAD than ever before, pick up this book, read it, and enjoy it.

Easy to read and even easier to recommend, this is a solid best buy.

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