In Start-to-Finish Visual Basic 2005, Tim Patrick covers the whole VB.NET application development life cycle. Along the way he addresses topics such as ADO.NET data access, Web development with ASP.NET 2.0, object-oriented programming and the use of generics, error processing and other new Visual Basic features.
Chapter 1, Introducing .NET, lives up to its title. Patrick begins with the underlying concepts that .NET introduced to the world in 2002, like a unified programming environment enhanced Web development and better deployment of finished applications. From there the author dives into the main characteristics of .NET -- the object, the Common language Runtime, class libraries, metadata and so on. Patrick ends the chapter with a look at what's new in Visual Studio 2005 and what that means to VB 2005 developers.