The 2008 version of Visual Basic is tremendously enhanced and introduces dramatic new concepts, techniques, and features to this popular object–oriented language. Written by an elite author team who are sympathetic to the challenges of learning VB 2008, this comprehensive book provides a clear and concise approach to using VB 2008 in the ever–expanding .NET world.
This book focuses on using the latest and most powerful tools from the Microsoft arsenal within your Visual Basic solutions. Looking closely at LINQ, AJAX, a new Visual Studio® and more, you'll be able to take lessons from this book and apply them to what you are doing today. You'll examine everything from the .NET Framework to the best practices for deploying .NET applications to database access and integrating with other technologies, such as COM and XML.
What you will learn from this book
The core elements of VB 2008 as well as full syntax of all the new additions the language offers
Ways that the Common Language Runtime (CLR) is responsible for managing the execution of code compiled on the .NET platform
How VB is used in the creation, installation, running, and debugging of Windows® Services
How to work with the new SQL Server® 2008 along with your .NET applications
The many features of Windows Forms and Windows Presentation Foundation
Ways to take advantage of the abilities of LINQ
The new web technology introduced by SilverlightTM
Who this book is for
This book is for experienced developers who are looking to transition to the latest version of Visual Basic.
Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real–world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.
Chapter 1: Visual Basic 2008 Core Elements 1
Chapter 2: Object Syntax Introduction 49
Chapter 3: Object–Oriented Programming 101
Chapter 4: The Common Language 193
Chapter 5: Localization 219
Chapter 6: Generics 247
Chapter 7: Namespaces 271
Chapter 8: Exception Handling and Debugging 299
Chapter 9: Data Access with ADO.NET 3.5 327
Chapter 10: Using XML in Visual Basic 2008 379
Chapter 11: LINQ 437
Chapter 12: Security in the .NET Framework 481
Chapter 13: Visual Studio 2008 537
Chapter 14: Working with SQL Server 599
Chapter 15: Windows Forms 647
Chapter 16: Windows Forms Advanced Features 697
Chapter 17: Windows Presentation Foundation 727
Chapter 18: Integrating WPF and Windows Forms 779
Chapter 19: Working with ASP.NET 3.5 801
Chapter 20: ASP.NET 3.5 Advanced Features 839
Chapter 21: Silverlight Development 897
Chapter 22: Visual Studio Tools for Office 915
Chapter 23: Assemblies 955
Chapter 24: Deployment 977
Chapter 25: Working with Classic COM and Interfaces 1019
Chapter 26: Threading 1045
Chapter 27: Windows Workflow Foundation 1079
Chapter 28: XML Web Services 1105
Chapter 29: Remoting 1145
Chapter 30: Enterprise Services 1173
Chapter 31: Network Programming 1201
Chapter 32: Windows Communication Foundation 1235
Chapter 33: Windows Services 1267
Chapter 34: Visual Basic and the Internet 1297
Appendix A: The Visual Basic Compiler 1331
Appendix B: Visual Basic Power Packs Tools 1347
Appendix C: Visual Basic Resources 1361
Billy Hollis is an author and software consultant based in Nashville, Tennessee. Billy was co–author of the first book ever published on Visual Basic .NET, as well as many other books on software development. He is a member of the Microsoft Regional Director program and a Microsoft MVP. In 2002, Billy was selected as one of the original .NET Software Legends. He is heavily involved with consulting, training, and development on the .NET platform, focusing on architecture, smart–client development, commercial packages, and user–interface technologies. He regularly speaks on software development at major conferences all over the world, including Microsoft s PDC and TechEd events, DevConnections, VSLive, and architecture events such as the Patterns and Practices Architect Summit.
Bill Sheldon is a software architect and engineer, originally from Baltimore, Maryland. Holding a degree in computer science from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Bill has been actively employed as a software engineer since resigning his commission with the United States Navy. He is a Microsoft MVP for Visual Basic employed as a principal engineer with InterKnowlogy in Carlsbad, California, and works as an instructor for Visual Basic related courses at the University of California San Diego Extension.
In addition to writing books, Bill has published dozens of articles, including the Developer Update Newsletter, SQL Server Magazine feature articles, and other Penton publications. He is an established online presenter for MSDN and speaks at live events such as VSLive, DevConnections, Office Developers Conference, and community events such as user groups and code camp. Bill is an avid cyclist and is active in the fight against diabetes.
Kent Sharkey is an independent consultant who lives and codes in Comox, British Columbia. Before going solo, Kent worked at Microsoft as a technical evangelist and content strategist, promoting the use of .NET technologies. He lives with his wife, Margaret, and three children Squirrel, Cica, and Toffee.
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