April 18, 2003
Migration and Mastery: An Experienced Programmer's Guide to VB.NET--O'Reilly Releases "Programming Visual Basic .NET, Second Edition"
Sebastopol, CA--While many Visual Basic 6 programmers have so far
avoided the switch to Visual Basic .NET, the fact that Microsoft has
demonstrated its commitment to .NET as the development platform of the
future argues that it is only a matter of time before some such
transition must take place. The VB programmer's choice then is either
Visual Basic .NET or C#, the two .NET programming languages. Both are
equally worthy and the choice is primarily one of personal taste, but
because of its familiar syntax, many VB6 programmers will turn
naturally to VB.NET. When they do, Programming Visual Basic .NET,
Second Edition by Jesse Liberty (O'Reilly, US $39.95) will help them
make the transition as smoothly and painlessly as possible.
"It is my guess that hundreds of thousands of VB6 programmers will be
making the transition to Visual Basic .NET over the next few years when
they begin new development projects," explains Liberty. "It would be
irresponsible to begin a new Windows or web application in VB, in view
of Microsoft's clear commitment to .NET."
Liberty adds, "The thing that new .NET programmers must understand when
choosing a .NET language is this: the real .NET language is called
Intermediate Language or IL. C# and VB.NET are just 'synthetic sugar'
layered on top of IL to make programming easier. Whether you program in
C# or VB.NET is no longer a technical choice, but Microsoft urges you
to choose the syntax you are most familiar with."
"Programming Visual Basic .NET, Second Edition" is the complete guide
to application development using Visual Basic .NET. Entirely rewritten
by .NET expert Jesse Liberty, the new edition of this tutorial will be
essential reading for millions of Visual Basic programmers. The book
covers topics of greatest concern to VB6 programmers who must learn to
straddle two worlds--that of traditional Visual Basic Windows
programming, and the new object-oriented, component-based world of .NET
Framework programming. Thorough, entertaining, and easy to follow, this
book provides a comprehensive and detailed overview of the language,
object-oriented programming, and framework, and goes even
further--readers will learn how to create their own applications using
The first part of the book introduces Visual Basic .NET fundamentals,
then goes on to explain:
- Classes and objects
- Inheritance and polymorphism
- Structures and interfaces
- Arrays, indexers, and collections
- String objects and regular expressions
- Exceptions and bug handling
- Delegates and events
The second part of "Programming Visual Basic .NET" focuses on the
development of desktop and internet applications, using such tools as
Windows Forms, ASP.NET, and ADO.NET. ASP.NET includes both Web Forms,
for rapid development of web applications, and Web Services, for
creating web objects without user interfaces to provide services over
The third part gets to the heart of the .NET Framework, focusing on
attributes and reflection, remoting, and threads and synchronization.
Jesse Liberty's books have successfully guided thousands of new and
experienced programmers alike into the world of .NET programming, and
"Programming Visual Basic .NET, Second Edition" will be no exception.
This book is sure to become a key component of developers' .NET
Programming Visual Basic .NET, Second Edition
ISBN 0-596-00438-9, 541 pages, $39.95 (US), $61.95 (CAN), 28.50 (UK)
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