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  Visual Basic 2008 Programmer's Reference  
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Rod Stephens
$39.99, 1248 pages, 2008
ISBN 978-0-470-18262-8

From the back cover:

This revised and updated tutorial and reference will help you quickly get up to speed on the latest features in Visual Basic 2008.

The tutorial section walks you through VB.NET from scratch, providing you with in-depth descriptions of the development environment, basic program syntax, and standard controls. It also explores fundamental concepts in object-oriented programming with VB.

The comprehensive reference section provides easy-to-use summaries of key Visual Basic syntax and techniques. The appendexes let you quickly fill in the details when you know what you want to do but don't remember the exact syntax.


IMPORTANT: This page contains information about the third edition of this book: Visual Basic 2008 Programmer's Reference. Other editions:

This edition provides full coverage of new Visual Basic features including:

  • LINQ
  • Extension Methods
  • Anonymous Types
  • Object Initializers
  • Lambda or Inline Functions
  • Partial Methods
  • Relaxed Delegates
  • If Function
  • Nullable Types
  • IntelliSense Changes
  • Formatting Changes
  • Improved Designers
  • Improved .NET Framework

What you will learn from this book

  • Extension methods for adding new features to existing classes
  • How to select and use Windows Forms Controls for a specific purpose
  • Tips for using subroutines and functions to break a program into manageable pieces
  • Techniques for error handling and debugging
  • Various important classes and objects to use when building an application
  • How to use the graphics device interface routines to draw images in VB
  • Ways an application interacts with its environment

Who this book is for

This book is for programmers at all levels who either want to learn Visual Basic 2008 or have already mastered it and want some useful tips, tricks, and language details.

Wrox Programmer's References are designed to give the experienced developer straight facts on a new technology, without hype or unnecessary explanations. They deliver hard information with plenty of practical examples to help you apply new tools to your development projects today.

Reviewers Say of the first edition

Alan Fisher, VBUG (UK)
...I found that Visual Basic 2005 - Programmer's Reference is a well-written and organised reference book. It is suitable for programmers at all levels of ability, and as such it does not just concentrate on the program features and function syntax, but also on the underlying concept and intent of the feature... Full review.
Geoffrey R. Stokeld
...For me this book is just the right level. It doesn't assume your are an idiot or waste time on Windows basics. The 1058 pages (I have the electronic version) are full of concise explanations, just the right level of detail and hardly a page goes by without a relevent screen shot or code example (code is king!). There is a 6.7M zipped file of code samples that are full of really useful examples... Amazon reviews.

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