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VB.NET Language in a Nutshell (old edition - refer to isbn 0596003080)

by: Steven Roman; Ron Petrusha ; Paul Lomax

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Publisher: O'REILLY,August 2001

Category: VB.NET Level: B/I/A

ISBN: 0596000928
ISBN13: 9780596000929

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Need to make sense of the many changes to Visual Basic for the new .NET platform? VB .NET Language in a Nutshell introduces the important aspects of the language and explains the .NET framework. An alphabetical reference covers the functions, statements, directives, objects, and object members that make up the VB .NET language. To ease the transition, each language element includes a 'VB .NET/VB 6 Differences' section.

  Related O'Reilly Titles:

.NET Framework Essentials

  The extensive changes to Visual Basic and the newness of the .NET platform call for a VB .NET reference guide oriented toward professional developers--those deeply experienced in Visual Basic and those adding VB .NET to their list of mastered languages. VB .NET Language in a Nutshell answers the call. As a reference book, it doesn't waste space on simple concepts, but documents, using practical examples, how language elements work, alternative approaches, optimal usage, and potential pitfalls.

  As a quick introduction, the first section of VB .NET Language in a Nutshell leads you through the important areas of programming VB .NET, including:

  Variables and Data Types

Introduction to Object Oriented Programming

The .NET Framework: General Concepts

The .NET Framework Class Library

Delegates and Events

Error Handling

The meat of the book is the alphabetical reference to the functions, statements, directives, objects, and object members that make up the VB .NET language. As an experienced developer, you can quickly get the whole story on a language element that interests you or seems to be behaving unexpectedly in your code. To ease your transition to .NET, there's a 'VB .NET/VB 6 Differences' section for each language element.

  A hefty appendix section includes:

  What's New and Different in VB .NET

Language Elements by category


Constants and Enumerations

The VB .NET Command Line Compiler

VB 6 Language Elements Not Supported by VB .NET

No matter how much experience you have programming with VB, this is the kind of book you'll want to have close by, both as your standard reference guide and as a tool for troubleshooting and identifying programming problems.


Table of Contents


  Part I. The Basics

  Chapter 1. Introduction

          Why VB .NET?

          What Is VB .NET?

          What Can You Do with VB .NET?

  Chapter 2. Variables and Data Types


          Declaring Variables and Constants

          Data Types


          Object Variables and Their Binding

          The Collection Object

          Parameters and Arguments

  Chapter 3. Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming

          Why Learn Object-Oriented Techniques?

          Principles of Object-Oriented Programming

          Classes and Objects


          Interfaces, Abstract Members, and Classes

          Polymorphism and Overloading

          Scope and Accessibility in Class Modules

  Chapter 4. The .NET Framework: General Concepts


          Common Language Runtime (CLR), Managed Code, and Managed Data

          Managed Execution


          Assemblies and VB .NET

  Chapter 5. The .NET Framework Class Library

          The System Namespace

          Other Namespaces

  Chapter 6. Delegates and Events


          Events and Event Binding

  Chapter 7. Error Handling in VB .NET

          Error Detection and Error Handling

          Runtime Error Handling

          Dealing with Logical Errors

          Error Constants

  Part II. Reference

  Chapter 8. The Language Reference

  Part III. Appendixes

  Appendix A. What's New and Different in VB .NET

  Appendix B. Language Elements by Category

  Appendix C. Operators

  Appendix D. Constants and Enumerations

  Appendix E. The VB .NET Command-Line Compiler

  Appendix F. VB 6 Language Elements Not Supported by VB .NET