Visual Basic 2005 Programmer’s Reference



Visual Basic 2005 Programmer s Reference

Visual Basic 2005 Programmer s Reference by Rod Stephens is aimed at Visual Basic .NET 2005 developers of all levels. With 28 chapters and 19 appendixes totaling more than 1,000 pages, it s an indispensable reference for VB.NET developers working on Windows-based applications. In a smart move by the author, the book does not attempt to cover ASP.NET development, thereby providing a focused and complete look at Windows development in VB.NET.


Overall, I was impressed by the number of topics covered. As I flipped through the chapters I was unable to think of a single aspect of VB.NET development the book didn t cover. Packing all of this information into more than 1,000 pages means the book reads more like a reference text than a tutorial (as you would expect from the title). Each chapter is completely self-contained and written in classic Wrox style, with a brief introduction to the subject, followed by code samples, then delving into advanced information for experienced developers and those who want to more thoroughly understand the subject.


The book is divided into five parts:

  • Part 1 explains the basics of VB.NET programming, including the VS.NET IDE, controls, data types, operations, subroutines and functions, controlling program flow, error handling, Windows Forms controls, working with databases, and custom controls.
  • Part 2 explores object-oriented programming with VB.NET: classes and structures, namespaces, collection classes, and generics.
  • Part 3 discusses graphics, printing, and reporting.
  • Part 4 explores how applications interact with their environment, including: configuration, resources, streams, file system objects, and commonly used namespaces.
  • The appendixes provide an exhaustive 236-page reference of the VB.NET language, including: useful controls, variable declarations, operators, subroutine and function declarations, control statements, error handling, classes and structures, generics, graphics, date and time format specifiers, the application class, the My namespace, streams, and file system classes.


Despite the title, Visual Basic 2005 Programmer s Reference goes beyond a simple programmer s reference, with each chapter providing code samples and the appendixes providing brief, no-nonsense reference to many of the same subjects. In the end, the book does an excellent job at its intended purpose.


For new developers I recommend looking to a book that takes a step-by-step approach, such as Wrox s Beginning Visual Basic 2005 by Thearon Willis and Bryan Newsome. But for developers familiar with VB.NET development and looking to make the leap from 1.x to 2.0, this is likely the only book you ll need to get up to speed on the new features VB.NET 2005 Windows Forms development has to offer.


Rob Walling



Title: Visual Basic 2005 Programmer s Reference

Author: Rod Stephens

Publisher: Wrox

ISBN: 0-7645-7198-2

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Price: US$39.99

Page Count: 1,022



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