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Murach's Beginning Visual Basic .NET

Murach's Beginning Visual Basic .NET

Author: Anne Prince
Publisher: Murach

Review

I had reviewed this book's predecessor, "Murach's Visual Basic 6", and therefore had high hopes for the new .NET version. I was once again very impressed with Murach.

The book is aimed at developers with no previous programming experience with Visual Basic but who have some prior programming experience in some other programming language.

The book is divided into five sections. The first section consists of seven chapters that provide you with a solid foundation that allows you to quickly begin writing your own applications. Section two teaches how to build professional graphical user interfaces. Section three covers the .NET classes and object oriented programming. The fourth section covers ADO.NET, the latest Microsoft data access technology. You will learn how to develop real world database applications. In the final section you will learn how to build web applications using ASP.NET and XML Web Services.

The book provides many real world sample applications and end of chapter exercises which allow the reader to better absorb and understand all of the concepts being presented. One great aspect of the book is the paired pages format. With this format, all the code, diagrams, and figures are on the right hand page, while the text is on the left hand page. With this method there is no need to constantly be flipping pages.

I highly recommend this book to anyone wishing to get a quick start on this latest .NET version of Visual Basic. You may read other reviews for this book at Amazon.com.

Table of Contents

SECTION 1 THE ESSENCE OF VISUAL BASIC.NET PROGRAMMING
Chapter 1 How to get started with Visual Basic .NET
Chapter 2 How to develop a Windows Forms application
Chapter 3 Visual Basic language essentials (part 1)
Chapter 4 Visual Basic language essentials (part 2)
Chapter 5 Visual Basic language essentials (part 3)
Chapter 6 How to develop object-oriented applications
Chapter 7 How to test and debug an application

SECTION 2 HOW TO WORK WITH WINDOWS FORMS AND CONTROLS
Chapter 8 How to work with Windows controls
Chapter 9 How to develop a multi-form application
Chapter 10 How to enhance the user interface

SECTION 3 MORE LANGUAGE ESSENTIALS
Chapter 11 How to work with dates and strings
Chapter 12 How to work with arrays and collections
Chapter 13 How to work with structures and files
Chapter 14 How to use XML with files
Chapter 15 More skills for object-oriented programming

SECTION 4 DATABASE PROGRAMMING ESSENTIALS
Chapter 16 An introduction to database programming
Chapter 17 How to develop a database application with ADO.NET
Chapter 18 How to work with bound controls and parameterized queries

SECTION 5 WEB PROGRAMMING ESSENTIALS
Chapter 19 How to develop a Web Forms application
Chapter 20 How to create and use web services

APPENDIXES
APPENDIX A How to install and use the software and files for this book
APPENDIX B Coding and syntax conventions

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