Visual Studio 2008 All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies

  • 10h 7m
  • Rick Leinecker, Vanessa L. Williams
  • John Wiley & Sons (US)
  • 2008

Your one-stop guide to more efficient and flexible software development

Visual Studio 2008 is packed with features that help you create better software and do it with less repetition and drudgery. Here's how to make the most of this cool suite of tools! From installing Visual Studio to building applications for Vista, Office 2007, and mobile devices; using AJAX and LINQ; or testing and debugging — it's all here.

Discover how to:

  • Work with .NET languages
  • Develop applications for Vista
  • Build smart client user interfaces
  • Use the visual data designer
  • Add Ajax controls
  • Streamline application deployment

About the Authors

Rick Leinecker has held a number of prestigious positions in companies such as IntraCorp, MCI, and Landmark Communications. He has written more than 20 books on technical subjects such as C++, C#, ASP.NET, and computer security. He has a thriving consulting practice in North Carolina's Triad area and innovates in fields such as imaging, podcasting, and artificial intelligence.

Vanessa L. Williams is a consultant and author specializing in Microsoft's Share Point and .NET technologies. Through her Midwest consulting business, Vanessa Williams Business Solutions, she provides custom development, systems implementation, hosting, and training services for SharePoint, .NET, and Visual Studio Team System. She has ten years of business information systems experience spanning several industries including transportation, petroleum marketing, manufacturing, retail, and motor-sports entertainment. Her nontechnical experience — including jobs as a shipping clerk, accounting clerk, and forklift driver — gives her the unique ability to view systems implementations from an end-user's perspective.

Vanessa grew up in Indianapolis, where she graduated from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and Computer Information Systems.

In this Book

  • Introduction
  • What is Visual Studio?
  • Exploring .NET
  • Modern Software Development
  • The Languages of .NET
  • The Many Editions of Visual Studio 2008
  • Installing Visual Studio Professional
  • Browsing Visual Studio
  • Making Connections with Visual Studio
  • Upgrading .NET
  • Getting Smart about Smart Clients
  • Building Smart Client User Interfaces
  • Building Visual C++ Applications
  • Building Web Applications
  • Using AJAX for Rich Web Pages
  • Laying Out Your Site
  • Exploring ASP.NET Services
  • Building a Mobile Application
  • Accessing Data with Visual Studio
  • Show Me the Data
  • Working with Strongly Typed DataSets
  • Working with XML
  • Under the Hood with ADO.NET
  • Using Visual Studio with SQL Server
  • LINQ
  • Programming with Visual Studio 2008
  • Understanding Data Types
  • Get Some Class
  • Wiring up Events in the User Interface
  • Getting Productive with Visual Studio 2008
  • Exploring Web Services
  • Handling Exceptions and Debugging
  • Testing Code with Visual Studio
  • Building Solutions and Projects
  • Deployment Options
  • Checking Out Source Control
  • Building Professional Reports with Crystal Reports
  • Exploring Visual Studio Extensions
  • Being a Team Player with Visual Studio Team System
  • Using Visual Studio with Vista and Office 2007