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by Example
How does the
by Example
series make you a better programmer? The
by Example
series teaches programming using the best method possible. After aconcept is introduced, you’ll see one or more examples of that concept in use.The text acts as a mentor by figuratively looking over your shoulder and show-ing you new ways to use the concepts you just learned. The examples arenumerous. While the material is still fresh, you see example after exampledemonstrating the way you use the material you just learned.The philosophy of the
by Example
series is simple: The best way to teach com-puter programming is using multiple examples. Command descriptions, formatsyntax, and language references are not enough to teach a newcomer a pro-gramming language. Only by looking at many examples in which newcommands are immediately used and by running sample programs canprogramming students get more that just a feel for the language.
Who Should Use This Book
 Anyone who wants to learn Visual Basic .NET should read this book. The pre-requisites include having a basic understanding of Microsoft Windows. As longas you understand some of the simple concepts such as files and directories,the Internet, and applications and programs, you should not have a problemreading this book.The book covers some of the essential background material necessary for devel-oping Visual Basic .NET applications. This includes an overview of the develop-ment environment, the language itself, object-oriented concepts, databaseconcepts, and XML.This book is for you if you can answer true to one of the following statements:I know how to use Microsoft Windows (95, 98, NT, or 2000) and want tolearn how to program.I am a C++ and/or Java developer and I want to learn how to developapplications for Microsoft .NET.I am a Visual Basic 6.0 developer and want to learn the new Visual Basic.NET language.I design and build enterprise applications and want to learn a languagethat can help me.
This Book’s Organization
This book is presented in six parts. The first part gives a basic overview of Microsoft .NET and Visual Studio .NET. This sets the context for the readerin developing Visual Basic .NET applications. The reader is then presentedwith his/her first view of a very simple application. This application is thenbuilt and executed to acquaint the user with building an application using Visual Studio .NET.The second part covers the Visual Basic .NET language basics. This is thefirst step in understanding the language itself and covers such things asdata types, variables, and language statements.The third part moves into object-oriented concepts. This is necessary due tothe language improvements of Visual Basic .NET. Prior versions of VisualBasic do not require any object-oriented knowledge. With this new version,it is a must and this book tries to present the material in order to make youa very good Visual Basic .NET developer.The fourth part covers user interface development using Visual Basic .NET.This includes developing forms and controls as part of your application.The fifth part covers data access. Most applications today deal with someform of data. ADO.NET and XMLare popular ways of dealing with data. Asa result, these technologies are covered to show how these can be used from Visual Basic .NET. This part also includes a basic overview of SQL, whichis used in database access provided by ADO.NET.The sixth part covers developing Web applications using Web Forms. Herewe discuss the issues involved in developing Web applications and actuallyhow to do it using Visual Basic .NET. At the end of the book, there is an appendix that covers UML(UnifiedModeling Language) in a quick crash course. The Web site includes migrat-ing Visual Basic 6.0 to Visual Basic .NET applications, XML(eXtensibleMarkup Language), and a reference of the Visual Basic .NET language.
Conventions Used in This Book
Examples are indentified by the icon shown at left of this sentence.The source code listing is printed in a monospace font, for example:
Module Module1Sub Main()
System.Console.Out.WriteLine(“An Example”)
End SubEnd Module