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Professional Visual Basic 2010 and .NET 4

ISBN: 978-0-470-93036-6
1320 pages
July 2010
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Intermediate and advanced coverage of Visual Basic 2010 and .NET 4 for professional developers

If you've already covered the basics and want to dive deep into VB and .NET topics that professional programmers use most, this is your book. You'll find a quick review of introductory topics-always helpful-before the author team of experts moves you quickly into such topics as data access with ADO.NET, Language Integrated Query (LINQ), security, ASP.NET web programming with Visual Basic, Windows workflow, threading, and more.

You'll explore all the new features of Visual Basic 2010 as well as all the essential functions that you need, including .NET features such as LINQ to SQL, LINQ to XML, WCF, and more. Plus, you'll examine exception handling and debugging, Visual Studio features, and ASP.NET web programming.

  • Expert author team helps you master the tools and techniques you need most for professional programming
  • Reviews why Visual Basic 2010 will be synonymous with writing code in Visual Studio 2010
  • Focuses on .NET features such as LINQ, LINQ to SQL, LINQ to XML, WPF, workflow, and more
  • Discusses exception handling and debugging, data access with ADO.NET, Visual Studio features for Visual Basic developers, Windows programming with Windows Forms, ASP.NET web programming with VB, communication interfaces, Windows workflow, and threading

This Wrox guide presents you with updated coverage on topics you need to know now.

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INTRODUCTION xxxv

PART I: LANGUAGE CONSTRUCTS AND ENVIRONMENT

CHAPTER 1: VISUAL STUDIO 2010 3

CHAPTER 2: OBJECTS AND VISUAL BASIC 67

CHAPTER 3: CUSTOM OBJECTS 137

CHAPTER 4: THE COMMON LANGUAGE RUNTIME 211

CHAPTER 5: DECLARATIVE PROGRAMMING WITH VISUAL BASIC 253

CHAPTER 6: EXCEPTION HANDLING AND DEBUGGING 267

CHAPTER 7: TEST-DRIVEN DEVELOPMENT 287

PART II: BUSINESS OBJECTS AND DATA ACCESS

CHAPTER 8: ARRAYS, COLLECTIONS, AND GENERICS 311

CHAPTER 9: USING XML WITH VISUAL BASIC 341

CHAPTER 10: ADO.NET AND LINQ 389

CHAPTER 11: DATA ACCESS WITH THE ENTITY FRAMEWORK 437

CHAPTER 12: WORKING WITH SQL SERVER 457

CHAPTER 13: SERVICES (XML/WCF) 507

CHAPTER 14: WINDOWS FORMS 541

CHAPTER 15: ADVANCED WINDOWS FORMS 575

CHAPTER 16: USER CONTROLS COMBINING WPF AND WINDOWS FORMS 599

CHAPTER 17: WPF DESKTOP APPLICATIONS 617

CHAPTER 18: EXPRESSION BLEND 3 667

CHAPTER 19: SILVERLIGHT 679

CHAPTER 20: SILVERLIGHT AND SERVICES 699

CHAPTER 21: WORKING WITH ASP.NET 719

CHAPTER 22: ASP.NET ADVANCED FEATURES 751

CHAPTER 23: ASP.NET MVC 787

CHAPTER 24: SHAREPOINT 2010 DEVELOPMENT 807

CHAPTER 25: VISUAL STUDIO TOOLS FOR OFFICE 843

CHAPTER 26: WINDOWS WORKFLOW FOUNDATION 881

CHAPTER 27: LOCALIZATION 905

CHAPTER 28: COM-INTEROP 929

CHAPTER 29: NETWORK PROGRAMMING 949

CHAPTER 30: APPLICATION SERVICES 981

CHAPTER 31: ASSEMBLIES AND REFLECTION 1001

CHAPTER 32: SECURITY IN THE .NET FRAMEWORK 1021

CHAPTER 33: PARALLEL PROGRAMMING USING TASKS AND THREADS 1051

CHAPTER 34: DEPLOYMENT 1101

APPENDIX A: THE VISUAL BASIC COMPILER 1137

APPENDIX B: VISUAL BASIC POWER PACKS TOOLS 1151

APPENDIX C: WORKFLOW 2008 SPECIFICS 1165

APPENDIX D: ENTERPRISE SERVICES 1185

APPENDIX E: PROGRAMMING FOR THE CLOUD 1205

INDEX 1233

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Bill Sheldon is a Microsoft MVP for Visual Basic and a Principal Engineer with InterKnowlogy.

Billy Hollis is MSDN Regional Director of Developer Relations for Microsoft in Nashville, Tennessee.

Kent Sharkey is an independent software consultant and former content strategist for MSDN.

Jonathan Marbutt is Vice President of Development for WayCool Software, Inc.

Rob Windsor is a Microsoft MVP and a Senior Consultant with ObjectSharp.

Gastón C. Hillar is an independent software consultant, specialized in parallelism and multicore.

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