January 22, 2002
Programming Visual Basic .NET--New O'Reilly Book Shows How to Quickly Become Productive in the .NET Framework
Sebastopol, CA--On the eve of the release of Visual Studio .NET, the
full implementation of Microsoft's .NET strategy approaches with the
inevitability of tax day. As Dave Grundgeiger, author of
Visual Basic .NET (O'Reilly, US $39.95) says, "In a year or two, .NET
languages will be the only game in town on the Windows platform."
Millions of Visual Basic programmers, comfortable until now in their
mastery of the world's most popular programming language, anticipate
the shift to Visual Basic .NET with mixed feelings. Although coming to
grips with a new technology that is dramatically different from the old
is not an easy feat, the new Visual Basic .NET promises to be a better
language and, more importantly, an equal player in the .NET world.
"Visual Basic .NET is critically important," says Grundgeiger, who has
used Visual Basic since Version 4. "It really is a beautiful,
intuitive, and powerful language. Applications that in the past were
difficult and cumbersome to write, such as web services, are trivially
easy using Visual Basic .NET."
At first glance, experienced Visual Basic 6 developers will feel
comfortable with the Visual Basic .NET code and will recognize most of
its constructs. But Grundgeiger explains that with its release for the
.NET platform, the Visual Basic language has undergone significant
changes. The language is now fully object-oriented. Applications and
components written in Visual Basic .NET have full access to the .NET
Framework, and extensive class library that provides system and
application services. And finally, all applications developed using
Visual Basic .NET run within a managed runtime environment, the .NET
Common Language Runtime.
Programming Visual Basic .NET is a programmer's complete guide to the
new VB. The book begins with a discussion of the two basic building
blocks of any .NET application built with Visual Basic--the Visual
Basic .NET programming language itself, and the .NET Framework.
Grundgeiger covers the Visual Basic language elements, its
object-oriented features, programming with attributes, the Common
Language Runtime, and programmatically reading from and writing to the
.NET configuration files.
The remainder of the book focuses on the three major kinds of
applications that can be developed with the .NET Framework: Windows
forms applications, ASP.NET applications, and web services. In each
case, Programming Visual Basic .NET shows how to build an application
using Visual Studio .NET as well as using a text editor and the Visual
Basic command-line compiler.
"The fact is that there is no single most important thing to learn
about .NET or about Visual Basic .NET," Grundgeiger says. "This
technology is broad and deep, and has taken hundreds of designers and
developers years to invent. The challenge in writing a book like
Programming Visual Basic .NET is finding the right mix of material to
teach the developer how to do ninety-nine percent of her job and
pointing her in the right direction for the other one percent, all the
while trying not to produce a thousand-page brick."
Programming Visual Basic .NET will provide experienced software
developers with the means to quickly become productive in Microsoft's
Visual Basic .NET development environment. Targeted at developers with
prior programming experience, particularly in Visual Basic, the book
will be a key component of developers' .NET libraries.
Visual Basic .NET
By Dave Grundgeiger
ISBN 0-596-00093-6, 446 pages, $39.95 (US), $59.95 (CAN)
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