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Mastering Microsoft Visual Basic 2008

ISBN: 978-0-470-33541-3
1118 pages
May 2008
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This expert guide covers what you need to know to program with Visual Basic 2008, employ the latest Visual Studio 2008 tools, and operate efficiently within the .NET Framework. In an easy-to-follow style, the book moves from in-depth explanations to practical instruction to real-world examples. Explore basic coding in VB 2008 and learn to build interfaces without coding by using Visual Studio 2008's drag-and-drop visual tools. You ll get up to speed on LINQ and handle key tasks such as programming TreeView controls, and more.
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Chapter 1: Getting Started with Visual Basic 2008.

Chapter 2: Variables and Data Types.

Chapter 3: Programming Fundamentals.

Chapter 4: GUI Design and Event-Driven Programming.

Chapter 5: The Vista Interface.

Chapter 6: Basic Windows Controls.

Chapter 7: Working with Forms.

Chapter 8: More Windows Controls.

Chapter 9: The TreeView and ListView Controls.

Chapter 10: Building Custom Classes.

Chapter 11: Working with Objects.

Chapter 12: Building Custom Windows Controls.

Chapter 13: Handling Strings, Characters, and Dates.

Chapter 14: Storing Data in Collections.

Chapter 15: Accessing Folders and Files.

Chapter 16: Serialization and XML.

Chapter 17: Querying Collections and XML with LINQ.

Chapter 18: Drawing and Painting with Visual Basic 2008.

Chapter 19: Manipulating Images and Bitmaps.

Chapter 20: Printing with Visual Basic 2008.

Chapter 21: Basic Concepts of Relational Databases.

Chapter 22: Programming with ADO.NET.

Chapter 23: Building Data-Bound Applications.

Chapter 24: Advanced DataSet Operations.

Chapter 25: Building Web Applications.

Chapter 26: ASP.NET 3.5.

Chapter 27: ASP.NET Web Services.

Appendix A: "The Bottom Line".

Appendix B: "Debugging and Error Handling".


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Evangelos Petroutsos is a computer engineer who has worked for the California Institute of Technology and MCI. Currently, he writes computer books and articles, teaches networking and programming courses, and works as a computer communications consultant. He wrote the bestselling Mastering Visual Basic 6 as well as numerous other books from Sybex, including Mastering Visual Basic .NET, Visual Basic .NET Developer's Handbook, Mastering Visual Basic .NET Database Programming, Mastering Microsoft Visual Basic 2005, and Mastering Microsoft Visual Basic 2005 Express Edition.
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