Saturday, May 12, 2007

Pro VB 2005 And .NET 2.0 Platform 2nd Edition

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With the release of .NET 2.0, the Visual Basic .NET programming language has been officially renamed as Visual Basic 2005—perhaps in an attempt to highlight the fact that the BASIC language used with the .NET platform has nothing to do with the COM-centric VB 6.0. As you would guess, VB 2005 adds even more language features to a developer’s tool chest such as operator overloading, custom conversion routines, and generics. For all practical purposes, there really is no difference between VB 2005, C#, or any other .NET programming language. Now more than ever, an individual’s language of choice is based on personal preferences rather than the language’s overall feature set.

In any case, regardless of which group you identify with, I do welcome you to this book. The overall approach I will be taking is to treat VB 2005 as aunique member of the BASIC family. As you read over the many chapters that follow, you will be exposed to the syntax and semantics of VB 2005, dive into each of the major .NET code libraries (Windows Forms, ASP.NET, ADO.NET, XML web services, etc.), and have athorough grounding in object-oriented development.

Part 1 - Introducing Visual Basic 2005 and the .NET Platform
Part 2 - Visual Basic 2005 Language Fundamentals
Part 3 - Core Object-Oriented Programming Techniques
Part 4 - Advanced Object-Oriented Programming Techniques
Part 5 - Programming with .NET Assemblies
Part 6 - Exploring the .NET Base Class Libraries
Part 7 - Web Applications and XML Web Services

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