Sebastopol, CA--All Visual Basic .NET programmers have one thing in
common--they're learning a new language. But those who have previous
programming experience, especially with Visual Basic or an
object-oriented language, will find the learning curve much more
accessible than those who have chosen VB.NET for their first language.
A dearth of good instructional books geared toward the novice has left
the latter group feeling like outsiders--until now. Jesse Liberty,
author of the best-selling books "Programming C#" and "Programming
ASP.NET," has written Learning Visual Basic .NET (O'Reilly, US
$34.95), an entry-level guide to learning the VB.NET language. Written
in Liberty's characteristically warm and friendly style, this new book
assumes no prior programming experience and provides an easy
introduction to Microsoft's newest version of VB.
"This book is targeted at the novice programmer and provides an
in-depth introduction not only to .NET programming and VB.NET syntax,
but also to object-oriented programming," says Liberty. "I've written
for programmers with very little object-oriented experience, script
programmers, beginning VB6 programmers, or readers with no prior
programming experience at all. But it's not intended for experienced
C++, Java, or advanced VB6 programmers."
"Learning Visual Basic .NET" introduces the reader to fundamentals like
Visual Studio .NET, object-oriented programming principles, and the
Visual Basic .NET language itself. Readers will learn about the syntax
and structure of the Visual Basic .NET language, including operators,
classes and interfaces, structs, arrays, and strings. Liberty then
demonstrates how to develop various kinds of applications--including
those that work with databases--and web services. Among the topics
- Variables and constants
- Logging and branching
- Classes and objects
- Inheritance and polymorphism
- Structures and interfaces
- Arrays, indexers, and collections
- String objects and regular expressions
- Exceptions and debugging
This book also introduces the Virtual Studio .NET Integrated
Development Environment (IDE), a tool designed to help in writing .NET
Once they have mastered the subjects in "Learning Visual Basic .NET,"
readers will be ready to move on to more advanced books in VB.NET and
.NET programming, with an aim to developing Windows and web
applications. This book includes pointers to many print and online
resources that will help readers in that pursuit. In the meantime,
readers will find Liberty's book a lively and approachable introduction
to Visual Basic .NET programming.
Learning Visual Basic .NET
ISBN 0-596-00386-2, 303 pages, $34.95 (US), $54.95 (CAN)
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