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Murach's Beginning Visual Basic .NET Ms. Prince's goal in writing this book is to teach beginners how to develop simple but complete Windows applications. She shows users how to code, test, and debug their applications as well. The book is divided into five sections. The first section teaches you how to code and test object-oriented programs. The second section teaches you how to develop graphical user interfaces. The third section introduces you to .NET classes, arrays, structures, and XML. The fourth section touches upon database development using ADO.NET. For the examples in this section, you will need SQL Server or MSDE. The fifth section introduces you to Web Forms and Web services. This book uses the Murach style of "paired pages," which I really like. Each page is twinned with a facing page that reinforces with additional information the idea presented on the ... (more)

Programming ASP.NET 2nd Edition

Now that ASP.NET has hit its stride, the number of books out that deal with it on an intermediate level has increased nicely. The problem, though, is that if the books all cover the same topics, how do you decide which one to buy? I have several criteria that I look at in making that decision. Firstly, how does the book read? Is the writing crisp and clear or does it plod along? Does the author have a sense of humor? Are the examples offered full-bodied? Is this a book that you'll be able to use as a reference book as you develop your own applications in ASP.NET? Are the code lis... (more)

Regular Expression Recipes for Windows Developers

One of the most powerful tools that a developer can use for validating data is the regular expression. A regular expression makes use of pattern matching to determine if an item fits within the definition of the pattern. Some validation that might take many lines of code to validate can be simply validated by building the correct pattern. However, many developers are put off by the feeling that regular expressions are too hard to master. Several months ago, I started reading a book called Regular Expression Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach by Nathan Good. It became quite clear... (more)

.NET Book Review — Best Kept Secrets in .NET

Lately, it seems that every computer book that you find is a weighty tome of at least 500 or 600 pages. You groan just thinking about having to schlep another monster-size book around. It is so nice then to inform you that sometimes good things do come in small packages. This book, while only 200 pages, contains lots of nuggets that will appeal to all levels of developers. Chapter one covers an exhaustive list of navigation short cuts that you will find in Visual Studio 2003. If you want to master getting around in Visual Studio, this is a great chapter to have nearby. I would urg... (more)

.NET Book Review: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Stored Procedure Programming in T-SQL and .NET

With the release of a major new version of SQL Server, it's incumbent on developers to take time to refresh and enhance their knowledge of this new version of T-SQL (Transact SQL) and stored procedure programming. The challenge is to find a good book that will cover the highlights but not give you a hernia in the process. Dejan Sunderic's book fits this bill. The book consists of 21 chapters and three appendices. The first 10 chapters provide a nice review of current and new features of the T-SQL found in SQL Server 2005. There is a review of the new SQL Server environment as well... (more)