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  Visual Basic 2005 with .NET 3.0 Programmer's Reference  
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Rod Stephens
$39.99, 1200 pages, 2007
ISBN 0-470-13705-3

From the back cover:

With this completely up-to-date tutorial and reference, you'll quickly learn how to develop Visual Basic (VB) programs that leverage the latest features of Vista and .NET 3.0. 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. You'll also explore the fundamental concepts in object-oriented programming with VB.

In the comprehensive reference section, you'll find out how to take advantage of specific VB features. Expert Rod Stephens shows you how to draw images, use GDI+ routines, and generate printed output. You'll also discover how to build an application that interacts with its environment, save and load data in external sources, and use standard dialog controls. This approach makes it easier than ever to learn this powerful language and create your own dynamic programs.


IMPORTANT: This page contains information about the second edition of this book: Visual Basic 2005 with .NET 3.0 Programmer's Reference. Other editions:

What you will learn from this book

  • The best methods for mastering the new features of VB.NET
  • Steps for implementing custom controls and drag and drop
  • Ways to use trickier class issues such as private class scope, declaring events, and shared variables and methods
  • Strategies for creating new classes designed to work with specific data types
  • How to define an interface using XAML
  • Techniques for building service-oriented applications using the Windows Communication Foundation (WCF)

Who this book is for

This book is for programmers at all levels who are either looking to learn Visual Basic .NET 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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