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|Below you will find a group of links to some of the best VB, ASP.NET, and C# books in their respective categories. All of the books listed have been carefully chosen on the basis of their quality, popularity, and rating by the Visual Basic community.
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||Murach's Visual Basic 2015|
Whether you're a beginner or experienced programmer, Murach's Visual Basic 2015 will quickly teach you to develop and deploy professional object oriented database applications.
In section one you will be introduced to the .NET Framework and you will learn how to develop a simple Windows application using the form designer and the code editor.
Section two presents the various data types, control structures, as well as the core .NET classes. You will learn data validation and how to create your own business and database classes.
In section three you will learn how to develop professional database applications with the help of the new data sources feature and the new DataGridView control. You will also learn to directly access a database using ADO.NET code.
Section four will teach you the object oriented features of Visual Basic. You'll learn how to use inheritance, polymorphism, interfaces, and more.
The final section shows you how to work with text, binary, and XML files. You'll also learn how to work with multiple document interface(MDI), menus, toolbars, status bars, help, and Windows application deployment.
Murach Visual Basic 2015 is a must read for both beginner and experienced programmers who wish to quickly learn to build Visual Basic 2015 applications at a professional level. With detailed coverage of IDE best practices, end of chapter exercises, non-trivial sample applications, Windows Store apps, and the unique paired-page format, Murach Visual Basic 2015 will have you building professional level real world applications in no time.
||Start Here! Learn Microsoft Visual Basic 2012|
Publisher: Microsoft Press
This book assumes no previous Visual Basic knowledge and offers a perfect introduction to programming with VB 2012 and Windows 8. Concepts and techniques are introduced with easy to follow code examples, exercises, and complete applications.
The book starts of slowly by teaching you the basics of VB 2012 and creating your first simple VB application. You will then quickly learn more advanced topics such as using controls, design user interfaces with XAML, debugging your applications, managing your data with arrays and LINQ, and finally, delivering your applications to the Windows Store.
Michael Halvorson has written yet another great beginner VB book. If you're new to VB and are looking to build a solid foundation in VB 2012 programming, then start here.
||Murach's SQL Server 2016 for Developers|
Murach's SQL Server 2016 is written for professional application developers who need to work with SQL Server databases. It's also a good choice for anyone needing to learn SQL, since SQL is the standard scripting language for any database management system.
You will learn how to use SQL Server 2016 and Management Studio interface to run SQL statements on your computer. You'll learn how to retrieve data from the database, as well as how to add, edit, and delete data.
Later you will learn how to design and create a database by using either SQL statements or the Management Studio interface.
In the final section you will learn the advanced skills that give your database much of it's power. These features include, views, scripts, stored procedures, functions, triggers, and transactions. Also included in this section is database security, XML,BLOBs, and CLR integration.
If you're looking for one book that will provide you will a solid foundation and reference to working with SQL Server, then Murach's SQL Server 2016 is the book for you.
||Murach's ADO.NET 4 Database Programming with VB 2010|
Murach's ADO.NET 4 is the only book you will need to develop ADO.NET 4 database applications at the professional level.
With the help of 23 complete real world applications, end of chapter exercises, and Murach's paired page format, with code/syntax on the right and explanations on the left, you will have all the tools you need to develop your own real world database applications using ADO.NET 4 and VB 2010.
||Murach's Oracle SQL and PL/SQL|
This book is for developers who wish to create database applications using Oracle and PL/SQL.
You will learn how to use the free SQL Developer tool, which is a GUI that allows to create and run queries more efficiently than with older command line tools.
You'll learn essential SQL syntax skills to retieve data and update a database, as well as database design skills such as creating tables, indexes, views, and managing security.
The book will teach you more advanced topics such as using PL/SQL to manage transactions and locking, create stored procedures, functions, and triggers. You'll also learn how to work with advanced data types such as timestamps and intervals.
If you use Oracle as a backend database to your VB, C# or ASP.NET database applications, then Murach's Oracle SQL and PL/SQL should be the next addition to your developer library.