XML is a tool for interacting with, describing, and transportingdata between machines across networks and across theInternet-perfectly suited for Microsoft's .NET plan to fullyintegrate the Internet into distributed computing. By usingreal-world and fully-functional examples, this book quickly bringsVisual Basic programmers and developers up to speed on XML forenterprise application development. The authors include an overviewof XML and how it works with VB.NET, then explain how to use it tomanipulate data in distributed environments.
Companion Web site at www.vb-helper.com features the completeworking code for all the examples built in the book.
.NET Platform: The next big overhaul to Microsoft'stechnologies that will bring enterprise distributed computing tothe next level by fully integrating the Internet into thedevelopment platform. This will allow interaction between anymachine, on any platform, and on any device.
Visual Basic.NET: The update to this popular visualprogramming language will offer greater Web functionality, moresophisticated object-oriented language features, links toMicrosoft's new common runtime, and a new interface.
ASP.NET: A programming framework (formerly known asActive Server Pages) for building powerful Web-based enterpriseapplications; can be programmed using VB.NET or C#.
C#: Microsoft's new truly object-oriented programminglanguage that builds on the strengths of C++ and the ease of VisualBasic; promises to give Sun's Java a run for its money.