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VB.NET Core Classes in a Nutshell

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O'Reilly VB.NET Core Classes in a Nutshell for Visual Studio .NET. Version 1.0

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VB.NET Core Classes in a Nutshell for Visual Studio .NET is a special online version of the .NET Core Classes Quick Reference section of VB.NET Core Classes in a Nutshell (O'Reilly, 2002), by Budi Kurniawan and Ted Neward (ISBN 0-596-00257-2). Once installed, the Quick Reference is available as a fully integrated member of Visual Studio .NET Dynamic Help and continuously available to you as you use the Visual Studio .NET development environment.

By making VB.NET Core Classes in a Nutshell a part of your on-line development environment, you gain the ability to:
  • directly access the .NET Core Classes Quick Reference at any time as you work in the Visual Studio.NET development environment
  • browse the table of contents of the Quick Reference and select a topic using the Visual Studio .NET Help Contents window
  • receive links in the Visual Studio .NET Dynamic Help window to suggested Quick Reference entries as you code your application
  • search for Quick Reference topics using the Visual Studio .NET Help Search facility or interactive Index
  • use the Quick Reference as a portal to MSDN documentation by making use of embedded links on Quick Reference topic pages
  • link to the O'Reilly web site, www.oreilly.com, for additional books and articles on Visual Basic .NET and the .NET Framework

To preview the features of the on-line version of VB.NET Core Classes in a Nutshell, you might try the following:

1. Tour the Quick Reference TOC:

To display the table of contents of VB.NET Core Classes in a Nutshell, first select Help then Contents… on the Visual Studio .NET menu. Once the Contents window is open, select Visual Basic or Visual Basic and Related from the Filtered by: drop down list. Double-click on the O'Reilly Help icon when it appears. VB.NET Core Classes in a Nutshell appears as a volume in the O'Reilly Help collection.

The TOC is sorted alphabetically by .NET namespace name (e.g., Win32, System, and so on) and within each namespace by type name (e.g., Activator, AppDomain, and so on). A complete alphabetical listing of all types in the reference is available by selecting Complete Alphabetical Listing at the end of the TOC.

As an exercise, find and read the entry for the System.Array in the Nutshell TOC.

2. Get context sensitive links to the Quick Reference while you're coding:

Because VB.NET Core Classes in a Nutshell is fully integrated with Visual Studio .NET, you can use the Dynamic Help feature to display links to pertinent Quick Reference topics as you code. To use Dynamic Help, select Help then Dynamic Help from the Visual Studio .NET menu.

As an exercise, open a Visual Basic Windows project, and use the Imports directive to import the System and the System.Collection namespaces. As you type each keyword, first System and then Collection, links to Quick Reference descriptions for each namespace will appear in the Dynamic Help window. Note that all links to Quick Reference pages appear in a separate link group in the Dynamic Help Window that is labeled O'Reilly Help.

3. Use the Visual Studio .NET Help Index to find Quick Reference information on a topic:

The Visual Studio .NET Help system includes an index to all Help files, including those from VB.NET Core Classes in a Nutshell. To search the Help index, first open the Index window by selecting Help then Index… from the Visual Studio .NET menu. Use the Look For: box to jump to index entries that most closely match what you have in mind. The specific Help pages related to an index entry are displayed in a separate Index Results window. You open an Index Results window by selecting then Index Results… from the Visual Studio .NET menu.

As an exercise, open the Index window and an Index Results window and enter "format specifiers" into the Index Look for: box. Double-click on the Index entry for "format specifiers" and observe the results displayed in the Index Results window. Double-click on any entry whose Location name is VB.NET Core Classes in a Nutshell to see a corresponding page from the Quick Reference.

4. Search the entire Help collection for information on a specific .NET namespace or type:

To search for information on a particular topic in the Quick Reference, as well as MSDN and other documentation, select Help then Search from the Visual Studio .NET menu. Enter your search keywords in the Search Look for: box, use the Filter box and check boxes to restrict your search, and then click on the Search button. The specific Help pages most closely related to your search keywords are displayed in a separate Search Results… window. You open a Search Results window by selecting Help then Search Results… from the Visual Studio .NET menu.

As an exercise, use the Search window to find information on the Collections namespace. Type the word "Collections" into the Search Look for: text box, select the Visual Basic and Related filter and click on the Search button. Double-click on any entry in the Search Results window whose Location is VB.NET Core Classes in a Nutshell.

VB.NET Core Classes in a Nutshell for Visual Studio .NET Release History
Version 1.0: May, 2002

Version 1.0 of VB.NET Core Classes in a Nutshell for Visual Studio .NET is the first release of this software and is based on VB.NET Core Classes in a Nutshell, (O'Reilly, 2002), by Budi Kurniawan and Ted Neward. It will work with any version commercial release of Visual Studio .NET or Visual Basic .NET, with or without Service Pack 1 (SP1).

Known Issues

Customers upgrading from VS.Net 2002 to 2003 should be sure to uninstall the 
plug-ins before uninstalling VS.Net 2002.

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