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Visual Basic 2008 Programmer's Reference

ISBN: 978-0-470-28179-6
1225 pages
February 2008
Visual Basic 2008 Programmer


Providing programmers and developers of all skill levels with a comprehensive tutorial and reference to Visual Basic (VB) 2008, Microsoft MVP Rod Stephens presents a broad, solid understanding of essential topics on the latest version of VB. He explains the forms, controls, and other objects that VB furnishes for building applications in a modern windows environment. Plus, he examines the powerful development environment that makes VB such a productive language, and he delves into the VB language itself to show you how to use it to perform an array of important development tasks.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Introduction xxvii

Part I: IDE 1

Chapter 1: Introduction to the IDE 3

Chapter 2: Menus, Toolbars, and Windows 15

Chapter 3: Customization 43

Chapter 4: Windows Form Designer 49

Chapter 5: WPF Designer 61

Chapter 6: Visual Basic Code Editor 71

Chapter 7: Debugging 87

Part II: Getting Started 101

Chapter 8: Selecting Windows Forms Controls 103

Chapter 9: Using Windows Forms Controls 121

Chapter 10: Windows Forms 149

Chapter 11: Selecting WPF Controls 175

Chapter 12: Using WPF Controls 187

Chapter 13: WPF Windows 223

Chapter 14: Program and Module Structure 237

Chapter 15: Data Types, Variables, and Constants 261

Chapter 16: Operators 307

Chapter 17: Subroutines and Functions 327

Chapter 18: Program Control Statements 353

Chapter 19: Error Handling 377

Chapter 20: Database Controls and Objects 401

Chapter 21: LINQ 457

Chapter 22: Custom Controls 493

Chapter 23: Drag and Drop, and the Clipboard 519

Chapter 24: UAC Security 537

Part III: Object-Oriented Programming 545

Chapter 25: OOP Concepts 547

Chapter 26: Classes and Structures 563

Chapter 27: Namespaces 605

Chapter 28: Collection Classes 619

Chapter 29: Generics 647

Part IV: Graphics 659

Chapter 30: Drawing Basics 661

Chapter 31: Brushes, Pens, and Paths 697

Chapter 32: Text 727

Chapter 33: Image Processing 745

Chapter 34: Printing 761

Chapter 35: Reporting 781

Part V: Interacting with the Environment 803

Chapter 36: Configuration and Resources 805

Chapter 37: Streams 837

Chapter 38: File-System Objects 849

Chapter 39: Windows Communication Foundation 873

Chapter 40: Useful Namespaces 885

Part VI: Appendices 909

Appendix A: Useful Control Properties, Methods, and Events 911

Appendix B: Variable Declarations and Data Types 923

Appendix C: Operators 931

Appendix D: Subroutine and Function Declarations 939

Appendix E: Control Statements 943

Appendix F: Error Handling 949

Appendix G: Windows Forms Controls and Components 951

Appendix H: WPF Controls 1035

Appendix I: Visual Basic Power Packs 1043

Appendix J: Form Objects 1047

Appendix K: Classes and Structures 1063

Appendix L: LINQ 1067

Appendix M: Generics 1077

Appendix N: Graphics 1081

Appendix O: Useful Exception Classes 1095

Appendix P: Date and Time Format Specifiers 1099

Appendix Q: Other Format Specifiers 1103

Appendix R: The Application Class 1109

Appendix S: The My Namespace 1113

Appendix T: Streams 1131

Appendix U: File-System Classes 1139

Appendix V: Index of Examples 1157

Index 1177

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Author Information

Rod Stephens started out as a mathematician, but while studying at MIT, discovered the joys of programming and has been programming professionally ever since. During his career, he has worked on an eclectic assortment of applications in such fields as telephone switching, billing, repair dispatching, tax processing, wastewater treatment, concert ticket sales, cartography, and training for professional football players.
Rod is a Microsoft Visual Basic Most Valuable Professional (MVP) and ITT adjunct instructor. He has written 18 books that have been translated into half a dozen different languages, and more than 200 magazine articles covering Visual Basic, Visual Basic for Applications, Delphi, and Java. He is currently a regular contributor to DevX ( www.DevX.com ).
Rod ’ s popular VB Helper web site www.vb-helper.com receives several million hits per month and contains thousands of pages of tips, tricks, and example code for Visual Basic programmers, as well as example code for this book.
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