Visual Basic.Net (an Abc Approach)

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VB .NET Language in a Nutshell
Steven Roman Ron Petrusha Paul Lomax Publisher: O'Reilly First Edition August 2001 ISBN: 0-596-00092-8, 654 pages Need to make sense of the many changes to Visual Basic for the new .NET platform? VB .NET Language in a Nutshell introduces the important aspects of the language and explains the .NET framework. An alphabetical reference covers the functions, statements, directives, objects, and object members that make up the VB .NET language. To ease the transition, each language element includes a "VB .NET/VB 6 Differences" section.

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Preface................................................................................................................................ 14 Why Another VB Book? ........................................................................................... 26 Who This Book Is For............................................................................................... 26 Readers New to Visual Basic............................................................................. 26 VB and VBScript Developers New to VB .NET............................................ 26 Existing VB .NET Developers ............................................................................ 27 How This Book Is Structured ................................................................................ 27 The Format of the Language Reference ....................................................... 28 Conventions Used in This Book............................................................................ 29 How to Contact Us .................................................................................................... 30 Acknowledgments ..................................................................................................... 30 Part I: The Basics .............................................................................................................. 33 Chapter 1. Introduction ..................................................................................................... 33 1.1 Why VB .NET? ..................................................................................................... 34 1.2 What Is VB .NET? .............................................................................................. 37 1.2.1 Object Orientation..................................................................................... 37 1.2.2 A Common Type System ........................................................................ 38 1.2.3 Access to System Services: The Framework Class Library ...... 39 1.2.4 A Common Runtime Environment ...................................................... 41 1.3 What Can You Do with VB .NET?................................................................. 42 Chapter 2. Variables and Data Types............................................................................ 43 2.1 Variables ............................................................................................................... 43 2.1.1 Variable Scope............................................................................................ 43 2.1.2 Variable Lifetime ........................................................................................ 45 2.2 Declaring Variables and Constants............................................................. 47 2.3 Data Types ........................................................................................................... 48 2.3.1 Value and Reference Types ................................................................... 49 2.3.2 VB Data Types: A Summary ................................................................. 51 2.3.3 Simple Data Types in Visual Basic...................................................... 54 2.3.4 Data Type Conversion ............................................................................. 62 2.4...
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