What Is .NET?
What has Changed from Visual Basic 6 to Visual Basic .NET?
What This Book Covers.
1. Introducing Visual Basic .NET 2003.
Getting Ready to Code. Introducing the New IDE. Creating Your First Windows Application. In Brief.
2. Visual Basic .NET Language Changes.
Key Changes. New and Changed 'Option' Statements. Changes to Variable Declaration. Arrays. Data Type Changes. Miscellaneous Changes. References, Namespaces, and Imports. Should You Use Existing Visual Basic Syntax or the New .NET Equivalents? In Brief.
3. Building Windows Applications.
The Way Things Were. The Windows Forms Model. Handling Events in .NET. Coding Without Control Arrays. Configuring Your Form for Resizing. Programming Without Default Form Instances. Working with Multiple Forms in VB .NET. In Brief.
4. Working with Files.
The Way Things Were. Using Streams. Reading and Writing to Streams. Reading and Writing to a Text File. Working with the File System. Using Structured Exception Handling Instead of On Error. In Brief.
5. Data Binding.
Working with Data. What's New in ADO.NET? Retrieving Data. Data Binding in Windows Forms. Using the CurrencyManager to Manage your Data Binding. Formatting Bound Data. In Brief.
6. Data Without the Binding.
Data: What's Next? Learning the Inner Workings of ADO.NET. Updating Data. Advanced Data Topics. In Brief.
7. Object-Oriented Programming in Visual Basic .NET.
What Is Object-Oriented Programming and Why Is it Important? New OOP Features in Visual Basic .NET. In Brief.
8. Building Custom Controls.
Control Development Changes in .NET. Extending Through Inheritance. Combining Controls. Drawing Your Own Interface. Creating Non-Visual Controls. In Brief.
9. Integrating with COM.
COM and .NET Interoperability. Important COM Interop Concepts. Accessing COM Objects from Visual Basic .NET. Using ActiveX Controls on VB .NET Forms. Exposing VB .NET Objects to COM Clients. Some Additional Considerations. In Brief.
10. Advanced Topics.
What Makes These Topics Advanced? Introducing ASP.NET and Web Forms. Using XML in Visual Basic .NET. Learning About Web Services. In Brief.
Appendix A: The Upgrade Challenge.
Deciding Whether to Upgrade. Planning Your Upgrade. The Code Advisor for Visual Basic 6.0. Resolving Architectural Issues. Upgrading. Summary.