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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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Introduction xxix

Chapter 1 • Getting Started with Visual Basic 2008 1

Chapter 2 • Variables and Data Types 35

Chapter 3 • Programming Fundamentals 85

Chapter 4 • GUI Design and Event-Driven Programming 123

Chapter 5 • The Vista Interface 151

Chapter 6 • Basic Windows Controls 173

Chapter 7 • Working with Forms 217

Chapter 8 • More Windows Controls 267

Chapter 9 • The TreeView and ListView Controls 305

Chapter 10 • Building Custom Classes 349

Chapter 11 • Working with Objects 395

Chapter 12 • Building Custom Windows Controls 429

Chapter 13 • Handling Strings, Characters, and Dates 461

Chapter 14 • Storing Data in Collections 499

Chapter 15 • Accessing Folders and Files 541

Chapter 16 • Serialization and XML 591

Chapter 17 • Querying Collections and XML with LINQ 621

Chapter 18 • Drawing and Painting with Visual Basic 2008 649

Chapter 19 • Manipulating Images and Bitmaps 693

Chapter 20 • Printing with Visual Basic 2008 717

Chapter 21 • Basic Concepts of Relational Databases 753

Chapter 22 • Programming with ADO.NET 805

Chapter 23 • Building Data-Bound Applications 845

Chapter 24 • Advanced DataSet Operations 885

Chapter 25 • Building Web Applications 901

Chapter 26 • ASP.NET 3.5 937

Chapter 27 • ASP.NET Web Services 981

Appendix A • ’’The Bottom Line’’  997

Appendix B • ’’Debugging and Error Handling’’ 1045

Index 1075

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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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