Moving to VB.NET: Strategies, Concepts and Code
Daniel Appleman, Dan Appleman
In his book, Moving to VB .NET: Strategies, Concepts, and Code, Visual Basic guru Dan Appleman takes aim at VB .NET, exposing the reality behind the hype, and showing you how to evaluate this technology in the context of your specific problems.
The book is divided into three parts: Strategies, Concepts, and Code. In Strategies, you'll learn how VB .NET is perfect for new development of web and other server side applications - but that porting existing code may be disastrous - and how economics and human nature will play as strong a role as technology in how .NET is deployed. In Concepts, you'll learn key concepts such as inheritance and multithreading, and why they are over-hyped. You'll learn why Microsoft is killing COM. And you'll learn other important concepts that are unfamiliar to most VB6 programmers but crucial to VB .NET programmers. In Code, you'll learn the VB .NET language and many of its features - all based on your current knowledge of VB6.
Along the way, Appleman not only explains the technology features of VB .NET, but the reasons for them, and the controversies around some of those choices. Evaluating VB .NET from the perspective of the developer, you'll find material that will infuriate VB traditionalists and Microsoft marketing staff alike. But whether you agree with his judgments or not, you'll end up learning to write good quality VB .NET code in well-designed applications. Because, above all, Appleman brings to Moving to VB .NET: Strategies, Concepts, and Code what he has brought to all his past books - a solid understanding of technology and the needs of real developers, and an ability to explain it all in a clear, straightforward, and entertaining manner.
- Part I: Strategies
Chapter 1: Where Should You Begin?
Chapter 2: Facing VB .NET without Fear or Panic
Chapter 3: Adoption Strategies
Part II: Concepts
Chapter 4: .NET in Context
Chapter 5: Inheritance
Chapter 6: Memory Management in .NET
Chapter 7: VB .NET Multithreading
Part III: Code
Chapter 8: Data Types and Operators
Chapter 9: Language Syntax
Chapter 10: Objects In-Depth
Chapter 11: Reflection and Attributes
Part IV: The Wonderful World of .NET
Chapter 12: .NET NamespaceS--The Grand Tour
Chapter 13: Windows Applications
Chapter 14: Internet Applications and Services
Chapter 15: COM Interop and Accessing the Win32 API
Chapter 16: Living With .NET