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Book Review: Building Applications and Components with Visual Basic.NET
by Ged Mead | Published  04/09/2006 | Book Reviews | Rating:
Book Content

 As it is traditional to list a summary of the contents in these kind of book reviews, I’ll give you my potted version.   You could of course cut out the middleman and go directly to the publishers web site

Addison-Wesley

or 

Amazon

 and check out the official versions for yourself.

    By the way if you do follow the link above and visit the book display on Amazon, my advice would be to ignore completely the review of the misguided person who tells you that this book is worthless without a download of the code samples.   I don't think he can have read much (any?) of the book before firing off that complaint   Admittedly, the Barracuda site does seem to have gone the way of the dodo and the dinosaur, but the truth is that the code snippets are almost all quite short and only intended to demonstrate one particular teaching point at a time.  So the fact that you can't download them (instead of simply reading them as part of the narrative, as the authors obviously intended)   is absolutely not a problem .
 

  • Chapter 1         The .NET Framework.   What it is, how it is structured, what it contains, how you can use it, why you should use it and problems you may encounter when you do use it.
  • Chapter 2     Developing with VB.NET.   The Compiler, Namespaces, References, major changes and improvements from Classic VB in VB.NET
  • Chapter 3    The Common Type System explained in great detail and very clearly.   Arrays demystified.
  • Chapter 4    Classes.  Aha!   Class members, Shared members, Instance members, nested types, Encapsulation.
  • Chapter 5   Inheritance, Polymorphism and Type Substitution, Static and Dynamic Binding, Shadowing, Overridable, NotOverridable, Overloading.
  • Chapter 6   Abstract classes, Interfaces.   (I despaired of ever really grasping the topic of Interfaces, but this book finally flicked the switch for me!)
  • Chapter 7   Delegates, Multicasting.
  • Chapter 8   Defining and Raising Events.   Event Handlers.
  • Chapter 9   Exception Handling – the .NET Structured way.
  • Chapter 10   User Defined Types – Enumerations, Structures.  Object cloning.  Garbage Collection and object lifetime.
  • Chapter 11   Assemblies – Building, Deploying, Versioning.
  •  Chapter 12    COM Interop

  (You can also view small excerpts from the start of each section via the Addison-Wesley link above or look into the book via Amazon).

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