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101 Microsoft Visual Basic .NET Applications Buy this book! I know you haven't even read the review yet, but take my word, if you are a VB.NET developer - particularly a beginning or intermediate developer - then you are going to want to have this book on your bookshelf. The book is divided into 16 chapters with 101 VB.NET applications grouped by topics. The majority of the book deals with VB.NET in a client/server environment, but there is some discussion of VB.NET in a Web environment as well. These topics cover a great deal of information, such as: Working with VB.NET Data access Building Windows Forms user interfaces Building Web applications Working with console applications Interacting with the operating system Working with the .NET Framework Advanced .NET Framework GDI+ Building enterprise services applications COM Interop/PInvoke Creating a VS.NET add-in Cod... (more)

Maximizing ASP.NET: Real World, Object-Oriented Development

After reading this book, I spent a great deal of time trying to figure out where it fits in the ASP.NET scheme of things. The author states that the book was written because "a lot of smart developers are having some problem making the transition to the object-oriented world of ASP.Net." He says that this book is written for those developers who have worked with ASP.NET for a while who now want a book to help them understand "the underlying concepts." The book is divided into three sections. The first section gives a nice introduction to the concepts of object-oriented programming... (more)

Book Review: Professional ASP.NET MVC 1.0

In recent years there has been a growing interest in applying design patterns to various aspects of programming. One of the more well-known patterns is the Model-View-Controller pattern or MVC. This pattern has a great deal of appeal in the web design environment because it offers the developer more control and a greater separation between the major aspects of web design - the presentation layer (View), the business layer (Controller), and the data layer (Model). In fact the pattern should probably have been called MCV as the controller portion really serves as the glue that hold... (more)

Book Review: Murach's SQL Server 2012 for Developers

Murach's SQL Server 2012 for Developers by Brian Syverson and Joel Murach is an introduction to SQL Server 2012 and to developing key T-SQL (Transaction SQL) skills to become a successful developer. T-SQL is the language used by SQL Server to communicate with SQL Server databases. This book continues the Murach philosophy of using twinned pages to enhance the learning experience by repeating and enhancing the information on the first page with information on the facing page. I like this approach as it helps to reinforce the concepts being presented. The book contains 23 chapters... (more)

.NET Gotchas

You might be wondering what this book is all about. As the author explains, the dictionary's definition of a gotcha is "an unexpected usually disconcerting challenge, revelation, or catch". Mr. Subramaniam defines the gotchas in his book as "those things that pop up unexpectedly when you're programming in .NET. … In this book I focus on the .NET framework and features that have consistently exhibited behavior that was not obvious to me." Mr. Subramaniam explains that the purpose of his book is not just to explain how to use a technology "but how to use it well and do thing... (more)