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Building Applications and Components with Visual Basic .NET is the Visual Basic developer's guide to the .NET framework and object-oriented programming.
The authors introduce the basic architecture of the .NET Framework and explore Visual Basic .NET's new OOP features, the syntax required to use them, and the effect that syntax has on code behavior. Readers gain skills essential to creating well-designed applications and component libraries for the .NET Framework.
Among the topics explored in depth are:
Building Applications and Components with Visual Basic .NET is the definitive guide to a quick and smooth transition to this new language, and an indispensable tool for becoming comfortable and productive with Visual Basic .NET.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Francesco Balena.
Foreword by Rocky Lhotka.
About the Authors.
1. The .NET Framework.
The Road to the .NET Framework.
The Architecture of the .NET Framework.
The Common Language Runtime Environment
The Framework Class Library.
Migration to .NET.
2. Developing with Visual Basic .NET.
The Visual Basic .NET Compiler.
Developing with Visual Studio .NET.
Fundamental Changes to Visual Basic.
3. The Common Type System.
Motivation for the Common Type System.
The Common Language Specification.
Fundamental CTS Concepts.
Core CTS Types.
Programming with Arrays.
Encapsulating Types and Members.
Shared Members versus Instance Members.
Inheriting from a Class.
Polymorphism and Type Substitution.
Replacing Methods in a Derived Class.
6. Abstract Classes and Interfaces.
The Callback: A Simple Design Pattern.
A Trip Down Memory Lane with C++ Function Pointers.
A Short History of Event-Based Programming.
Programming with Events.
Handling Events Raised by the .NET Framework.
9. Structured Exception Handling.
The Fundamentals of Structured Exception Handling.
10. Values and Objects.
Creating User-Defined Value Types.
Garbage Collection and Object Lifetimes.
Learning from the Past.
12. COM Interoperability.
A Brief History of COM.
Accessing COM from Visual Basic .NET.
Creating Visual Basic .NET DLLs for COM Clients.
Further Reading for Visual Basic .NET Developers.