How does the
series make you a better programmer? The
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
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.