When you purchase VB.NET Language in
a Nutshell, 2nd Edition, you will receive a special CD-ROM version
(1.0) of the book's language reference sections. Once installed, this
special online version runs as a fully integrated member of the Dynamic
Help system inside the IDE, where it complements official Microsoft
By making VB.NET Language in a Nutshell a part of your on-line
development environment, you gain the following benefits:
continuous access to reference sections of the book as you
work in the Visual Studio .NET development environment
ability to interactively browse the contents of the book
through the Visual Studio .NET Help Contents window
constantly refreshed links to relevant entries in the book
that appear in the Help -> Dynamic Help window as you write your
Microsoft Visual Basic .NET code
links to both VB.NET Language in a Nutshell topics as well
as Microsoft documentation topics when you use either the Help Search
facility or interactive index
access 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
Language in a Nutshell, you might try the following:
Tour the TOC: To display the table of contents of
VB.NET Language in a Nutshell, first select Help-Contents on
the Visual Studio .NET menu. Once the Contents window is open, select Visual
Basic on the Filtered by: drop down list. VB.NET Language
in a Nutshell is a volume in the O’Reilly Help collection.
Double-click on O’Reilly Help. The TOC is sorted by type of
language element (e.g., Attributes, Classes, Directions, Functions and
so on). A complete alphabetical listing of all elements in the
reference is available by selecting Complete Alphabetical Listing
at the end of the TOC. As an exercise, find and select the entry for theDim
Statement in the TOC.
Get dynamic Help while you’re coding: Because VB.NET
Language in a Nutshell is fully integrated with Visual Studio .NET, you
can use the dynamic Help feature to display relevant links to the book
as you code. To enable the dynamic Help feature, select Dynamic
Help from the Visual Studio .NET Help menu. As an exercise, open a
Visual Basic project, and define a class. As you type the keywords Public
Class, links to relevant material will appear in the Dynamic Help
window. Links to pages in VB.NET Language in a Nutshell appear under
the link group in the Dynamic Help window named O’ Reilly Help.
Search for Help on a Visual Basic .NET language element:
To search for information in VB.NET Language in a Nutshell on a
particular VB.NET language element, select Search from the
Visual Studio .NET Help menu. Enter the name of a VB.NET keyword, such
as Dim, in the Look for: box of the Search window, and then
click on the Search button. In the Search Results window, look
for Titles with a Location listed as VB.NET Language in a Nutshell.
Double-click on any entry that meets this criterion to see the related
pages from VB.NET Language in a Nutshell. As an exercise, find
and double-click on the entry in the Search window with the title Dim
Statement and with the location VB.NET Language in a Nutshell.
Search the Visual Studio .NET Help Index: The Visual
Studio .NET Help system includes an integrated index with pointers to
all Help files installed in the IDE, including those from VB.NET
Language in a Nutshell. To search for index entries related to a
VB.NET language element, first select Index from the Visual
Studio .NET Help menu. When you enter the name of a keyword or concept
in the Look For: box of the Index window, the Help system
jumps to the index entry that most closely matches yours. As an
exercise, enter the keyword Dim into the Look for:
box of the Index window. Double-click on the Dim statement
entry and observe the results displayed in the Index Results
window. Double-click on the entry whose location name is VB.NET
Language in a Nutshell to see the corresponding page from the book.
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If you received the promotional CD from Microsoft Tech-Ed, you
may need to follow these steps to activate the installation process:
Place the CD in the drive. AutoRun should bring up an
Explorer window. If not, use Explorer to browse the CD drive.
There are two files: VBNETLang ReadMe.htm and
Copy both files to hard drive (drag & drop) or cut and
Rename VBNetLanguageInANutshell-10011.9476-msi by right
clicking on it and selecting Rename. Rename to
Install by double clicking on VBNetLanguageInANutshell.msi.
When installation is complete, delete VBNETLang ReadMe.htm
and VBNetLanguageInANutshell.msi from the location saved during step 3.
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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