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Microsoft® Visual Basic® .NET 2003 Kick Start

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Visual Basic .NET Kick Start is a rapid-progression tutorial that presents Visual Basic .NET to working programmers already familiar with another programming language or tool. This book speeds through basic concepts and focuses on practical examples showing the advantages of Visual Basic .NET in ASP programming, application design and creation, and .NET Web Services development. Because previous versions of Visual Basic are so prevalent, this book pays special attention to issues developers face when moving from VB to VB.NET. Although Visual Basic .NET Kick Start assumes no knowledge of the .NET Framework, it skips the handholding and basic programming instruction associated with entry-level tutorials. Full of code examples, tips, and professional insights, this book is about maximum payoff with minimum effort for the working programming who wants to use Visual Basic .NET now.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. About the Author
  3. About the Contributors
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. We Want to Hear from You!
  6. Introduction
  7. What Is .NET?
  8. What has Changed from Visual Basic 6 to Visual Basic .NET?
  9. What This Book Covers
  10. Introducing Visual Basic .NET 2003
    1. Getting Ready to Code
    2. Introducing the New IDE
    3. Creating Your First Windows Application
    4. In Brief
  11. Visual Basic .NET Language Changes
    1. Key Changes
    2. New and Changed “Option” Statements
    3. Changes to Variable Declaration
    4. Arrays
    5. Data Type Changes
    6. Miscellaneous Changes
    7. References, Namespaces, and Imports
    8. Should You Use Existing Visual Basic Syntax or the New .NET Equivalents?
    9. In Brief
  12. Building Windows Applications
    1. The Way Things Were
    2. The Windows Forms Model
    3. Handling Events in .NET
    4. Coding Without Control Arrays
    5. Configuring Your Form for Resizing
    6. Programming Without Default Form Instances
    7. Working with Multiple Forms in VB .NET
    8. In Brief
  13. Working with Files
    1. The Way Things Were
    2. Using Streams
    3. Reading and Writing to Streams
    4. Reading and Writing to a Text File
    5. Working with the File System
    6. Using Structured Exception Handling Instead of On Error
    7. In Brief
  14. Data Binding
    1. Working with Data
    2. What's New in ADO.NET?
    3. Retrieving Data
    4. Data Binding in Windows Forms
    5. Using the CurrencyManager to Manage your Data Binding
    6. Formatting Bound Data
    7. In Brief
  15. Data Without the Binding
    1. Data: What's Next?
    2. Learning the Inner Workings of ADO.NET
    3. Updating Data
    4. Advanced Data Topics
    5. In Brief
  16. Object-Oriented Programming in Visual Basic .NET
    1. What Is Object-Oriented Programming and Why Is it Important?
    2. New OOP Features in Visual Basic .NET
    3. In Brief
  17. Building Custom Controls
    1. Control Development Changes in .NET
    2. Extending Through Inheritance
    3. Combining Controls
    4. Drawing Your Own Interface
    5. Creating Non-Visual Controls
    6. In Brief
  18. Integrating with COM
    1. COM and .NET Interoperability
    2. Important COM Interop Concepts
    3. Accessing COM Objects from Visual Basic .NET
    4. Using ActiveX Controls on VB .NET Forms
    5. Exposing VB .NET Objects to COM Clients
    6. Some Additional Considerations
    7. In Brief
  19. Advanced Topics
    1. What Makes These Topics Advanced?
    2. Introducing ASP.NET and Web Forms
    3. Using XML in Visual Basic .NET
    4. Learning About Web Services
    5. In Brief
  20. The Upgrade Challenge
    1. Deciding Whether to Upgrade
    2. Planning Your Upgrade
    3. The Code Advisor for Visual Basic 6.0
    4. Resolving Architectural Issues
    5. Upgrading
    6. Summary
  21. Index