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Now that Visual Studio 2005 has been released for a month, more books are starting to hit the shelves, training classes are popping up, and a lot of articles are (still) being written.  Below is a roadmap I have laid out to bring experienced Visual Basic .NET programmers up to date.  Visual Basic 6er's will probably be okay too.

Video Tutorials

There are two video series available for free from the MSDN site.  One covers Visual Basic and Windows Forms, the other ASP.NET.  These are very basic and will provide only a high level overview of what is possible.  If you like videos, check them out, otherwise it is safe to skip ahead.  NOTE: Both of these videos were created by the guys at LearnVisualStudio.NET.  Sign up for their pay service (very reasonably priced) and you will find a lot more videos.

Books To Get You Started

There are three books, all published by O'Reilly and available on Safari, that provide a good place to start.  Visual Basic 2005 JumpStart will walk you through the basic language features and build a working Windows Forms application and ASP.NET application along the way.  Then move on to Visual Basic 2005: A Developer's Notebook and ASP.NET 2.0: A Developer's Notebook.  These two books do a great job introducing you to the new features.

Books To Keep You Going

Finally add all three Core Reference books (Visual Basic 2005, ASP.NET 2.0 and ADO.NET 2.0) to your library.  You may only want to read these cover to cover if you do not have much experience with .NET.  But they make great reference material.  Only the ASP.NET 2.0 Core Reference is available at this time, but the other two will be available shortly.  I am basing my assessment on the quality of the previous editions.

Sample Applications

As I said early, Visual Basic JumpStart 2005 contains a Windows Form and ASP.NET application.  WindowsForms.NET has quite a few sample applications for 2.0, including Outlook and Messenger clones.  The two video tutorials, mentioned above, end by building working applications. And ASP.NET (the site) has several Starter Kits available.  Be sure to check out the listing of Starter Kits on MSDN, for some reason the ASP.NET site does not list the Portal Starter Kit, even though they host the download.  You can also work your way through the Visual Web Developer 2005 Exress Guided Tour to build a working app.


I recommended subscribing to RSS feeds from the following sites to stay up date:

And finally, keep an eye on the progress of Atlas.  .NET's integrated answer to AJAX.

Posted on Thursday, December 8, 2005 10:52 AM .NET , ASP.NET | Back to top

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