Visual Basic 2008 For Dummies

  • 5h 15m
  • Bill Sempf
  • John Wiley & Sons (US)
  • 2008

Write code, develop programs, and build Vista and Web applications

Build Windows apps, Web services, and develop Web pages with Visual Basic 2008

Visual Basic is a popular and accessible programming language, so if you're new to programming, it's a great place to start. Here's the fun and easy way to begin creating applications right away (in Chapter 1!) while you get the hang of using the Visual Studio environment. Soon you'll be building all sorts of useful stuff with VB 2008!

Discover how to:

  • Install the Visual Studio environment
  • Use Web forms, Windows forms, and Web services
  • Establish good programming practices
  • Write secure applications
  • Leverage new features of the .NET framework

About the Author

I am Bill Sempf, and you'll notice that I don't write in third person. I have spent an inordinate amount of time in the last several years writing about, thinking about, and coding in VB.NET. I am a coauthor of Professional Visual Studio.NET, Effective Visual Studio.NET, Professional ASP.NET Web Services and Professional VB.NET (among others), and a frequent contributor to the Microsoft Developer Network,, Hardcore Web Services, Inside Web Development Journal, and Intranet Journal. I have recently been an invited speaker for DevEssentials, the International XML Web Services Expo, and the Association of Information Technology Professionals. As a graduate of Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Microsoft Certified Professional, Certified Internet Business Strategist, and Certified Internet Webmaster, I have developed over one hundred Web applications for startups and Fortune 500 companies alike.

I began my career in 1985 by helping my father (also named Bill) manage Apple IIe systems for the local library. Since then, I have built applications for the likes of Lucent Technologies, Bank One, the State of Ohio, Nationwide Insurance, and Sears, Roebuck and Co. I specialized in data-driven Web applications of all types, both public and private. Currently, I am the Senior Technology Consultant at Products of Innovative New Technology in Grove City, Ohio, a Microsoft Certified Partner, working on a Learning Management System for OmniPath, inc.

In this Book

  • Wading into Visual Basic
  • Using Visual Studio 2008
  • Designing Applications in VB 2008
  • Building Windows Applications
  • Building Web Applications
  • Building Class Libraries
  • Building Web Services
  • Debugging in VB 2008
  • Interpreting Strings and Things
  • Making Decisions in Code
  • Getting Loopy
  • Reusing Code
  • Making Arguments, Earning Returns
  • Writing Secure code
  • Accessing Data
  • Working with the File System
  • Accessing the Internet
  • Creating Images
  • Ten Tips for Using the VB User Interface
  • Ten Ideas for Taking Your Next Programming Step
  • Ten Resources on the Internet