Pro VB 2008 and the .NET 3.5 Platform

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Apress, Mar 30, 2008 - Computers - 1377 pages

Whether you’re moving to .NET for the first time, or you’re already writing applications on .NET 2.0 or .NET 3.0, Pro VB 2008 and the .NET 3.5 Platform will provide you with a solid grounding in this technology and serve as a comprehensive reference throughout your coding career:

  • Explore five new chapters of content—including the grammar of the common intermediate language (CIL), .NET generics, and object serialization services.
  • Discover all the new .NET 3.5 features—nullable types, delegate covariance, ASP.NET 2.0 master pages, the new Windows Forms “Strip” controls, and much more.
  • Get a professional foothold—targeted to appeal to experienced software professionals and/or graduate students of computer science (so don’t expect three chapters on iteration or decision constructs!).
  • Gain a rock–solid foundation in programming using Visual Basic.
  • Get comfortable with all the core aspects of the .NET platform—including assemblies, remoting, Windows Forms, Web Forms, ADO.NET, XML web services, and much more.

Once you’ve digested the information contained in the 25 chapters of this 1000+ page book, you’ll be ready to apply this knowledge to your specific programming assignments and well equipped to explore the .NET universe on your own.

What you’ll learn
  • Everything you need to put .NET 3.5 and Visual Basic 2008 to use in your professional workbefore anyone else!
  • Insights and techniques from the author’s experience since .NET 1.0
  • Complete coverage of .NET 3.5—WPF, WCF and WF
Who this book is for

Anyone with some software development experience interested in the new .NET 3.5 platform and the Visual Basic language. Whether you’re moving to .NET for the first time or you’re already writing applications on .NET 2.0 or .NET 3.0, this book will provide you with a solid grounding in this new technology and serve as a comprehensive reference throughout your coding career.

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This is the best book on Visual Basic programming I have come across so far. And I have had a look at a few already!. I had no previous background in either Visual Basic nor the .NET platform, although I had already knowledge on object oriented programming.
This book goes into detail, so that you learn how to get the most of the language and the tools, namely Visual Studio. It teachs you what the different features of the language are meant for, how and when to use them, and how do they map into the .NET framework.
Buy this book you are willing to really become a proficient VB 2008 programmer, and get a sound understanding of the .NET framework.

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The author has written a very wonderful book; which is very easy to understand & full of easily understandable programming examples.! Not only this book; but also C#.NET book of same author is a remarkable piece of work.!They will be like an asset to your personal programming library.
I would really like to thank the writer for these 2 valuable books..!

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About the author (2008)

Andrew Troelsen is a partner, trainer, and consultant at Intertech Inc., and is a leading authority on both .NET and COM. His book Pro C# 2005 and the .NET 2.0 Platform won the prestigious 2003 Referenceware Excellence Award and is in its third edition. Also of note are his earlier five-star treatment of traditional COM in the bestselling Developer's Workshop to COM and ATL mirrored in his book, COM and .NET Interoperability, and his top-notch investigation of VB .NET in Visual Basic .NET and the .NET Platform: An Advanced Guide. Troelsen has a degree in mathematical linguistics and South Asian studies from the University of Minnesota, and is a frequent speaker at numerous .NET-related conferences. He currently lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Amanda, and spends his free time investigating .NET and waiting for the Wild to win the Stanley Cup. You can check out his blog at