Learning .NET: Application development resources for the .NET Framework

Whether you're learning .NET or consider yourself a .NET Framework pro, these resources will augment your skills in areas like Ajax, Visual Studio and .NET 3.0.

Whether you're learning .NET or consider yourself a .NET Framework pro, SearchVB.com's Learning Guides will augment your skills in areas like Ajax, Visual Studio and .NET 3.0. These resources offer an array of articles, tips, downloads and other resources on topics that matter to .NET developers. These Learning Guides are updated regularly, so be sure to visit this page often for the latest information.



  Mobile and Wireless Development
If you're learning .NET and you're ready to expand your developer skills to mobile and wireless applications, then this updated learning guide is for you. It's chock full of articles, tutorials, tools, sample code and much more. Browse the resources below to help transfer your existing skills beyond the desktop.


  ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit
One main ASP.NET AJAX selling point is its extensibility. Another is its level of community involvement. These ideas come together in the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit. This learning guide links to resources that will help you get started with toolkit development and to a variety of controls that you can plug right into your ASP.NET applications.


  Choosing VB.NET or C#
One of the biggest questions facing Visual Basic 6 developers is whether to make the jump to C# or to VB.NET. The languages are very similar, but there are enough differences that one should think carefully before choosing one or the other -- or both. This Learning Guide aims to make the process of choosing your next .NET Framework language easier.


  Visual Studio 2005 Team System
Is your software team drowning in process complexity and cumbersome reporting? Learn about team collaboration tools in Visual Studio 2005 Team System for managing and tracking the entire development lifecycle. No matter if you're a project manager, architect, developer, tester or database professional, this updated learning guide has you covered.


  ASP.NET AJAX (Atlas)
ASP.NET AJAX, until recently known by its code name, Atlas, marks Microsoft's foray into the ever-growing Ajax framework market. Simply put, this new environment for building Web applications puts Ajax at the front and center of the .NET Framework. This Learning Guide introduces developers to ASP.NET AJAX with a plethora of tips, tutorials and webcasts.


  Object-Oriented Programming in VB.NET
Object-oriented programming, which focuses on objects and data rather than actions and logic, is a major element of Visual Basic .NET development. This learning guide offers article, tips, book excerpts and tutorials that focus on general object-oriented programming best practices and on the four main characteristics of OOP -- abstraction, encapsulation, polymorphism and inheritance.


  Vista Series
Vista may be on the horizon but it's inching nearer to your IDE each day. As a savvy developer, or even as someone who's just learning .NET, you know to start preparing now. We're here to help with a three-part series on the major development tools for Windows Vista.


  .NET Migration
This learning guide provides experienced Visual Basic 6 developers with a one-stop source for .NET migration information. If you haven't made the move to .NET yet, now is the time to pump new life into your existing Visual Basic skills. Learn what the .NET Framework is all about and extend your skills with our collection of primers, FAQs, guides, articles, book chapters, webcasts and much more.


Are you a Web developer? The time has come to rethink your entire approach to developing Web applications. Find out about the Ajax approach (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) and learn how Web developers are not only enriching the user interface but also making it more responsive.


  ASP.NET 2.0
ASP.NET 2.0 provides a hefty number of enhancements, including over 50 new controls that significantly reduce coding. Learn about the new simplified data-binding model, membership and role services, master pages and themes, navigation improvements and much more. Get ahead of the curve by understanding tomorrow's Web programming today.


  ASP to ASP.NET Migration
This Learning Guide examines the migration from ASP to ASP.NET and the upgrade to ASP.NET 2.0. You'll find articles, tutorials, tips, white papers and Webcasts to bring you up to speed on the differences between ASP and ASP.NET and what to expect in Version 2.0. Themes for the upgrade include improved developer productivity (thanks to code reductions) and a fully extensible platform.
  Building Datacentric Applications
Learning .NET and interested in creating datacentric applications? Drag-and-drop data binding in Visual Basic 2005 makes connecting to data sources easier than ever. Explore our huge collection of targeted resources to quickly get started and moving in the right direction.


After long gestation, RSS has risen to the fore in mere months as a means to share information using software standards. This learning guide offers articles, tips, tutorials, downloads and other resources for .NET Framework developers who want to learn more about harnessing the power of RSS.


  Testing and Debugging
Discover the testing tools included in Visual Studio Team System and start whipping your application into shape today. The content in our guide is arranged by task and test type to help you quickly understand how to create, manage and run your own tests.


  Visual Basic 2005
Get prepared for Visual Basic 2005 today with this extensive collection of resources. Learn about the new features, download the software and get your hands dirty with our huge list of tutorials.


   Visual Basic Mini-Guides
Mini-Guides offer a quick look at topics important to SearchVB.com readers who are learning .NET.


  Visual C# 2005
Ready to try your coding skills on Visual C#? There's no better time than now with the recent release of Visual C# 2005. Whether you're coming from another Microsoft language, or even Java, this learning guide provides a wealth of resources designed to get you up-to-speed quickly.


  Visual Studio Tools for Office
Visual Studio 2005 Tools for Office isn't your father's VBA. The line between Windows and Office development continues to blur with Word and Excel now integrated within the Visual Studio IDE. Developers can use new host controls to extend Office objects, use managed code to add business logic to forms and make calls into the .NET Framework class library. There is also welcome support for IntelliSense and more robust debugging.


  Visual Studio 2005
The formal announcement of Visual Studio 2005 heralds the start of .NET Framework 2.0 programming in earnest. As Visual Studio bolts from the blocks, the overall view is impressive.
This was last published in May 2007

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