VB SIG: Dan Appleman on "Moving to VB.NET"



  • One of VB's pre-eminent authors and tool creators discusses what VB developers need to succeed in .NET


    Dan Appleman, Desaware

    Presentation Overview

    Microsoft's forthcoming VB.Net represents a major change for Visual Basic developers. How best can you move from your current VB skills level to work effectively in this new environment?

    Dan Appleman, best known to VB developers as the author of Spyworks and for his Windows API guides, has just released Moving to VB.NET: Strategies, Concepts and Code to help address just this problem. At our September meeting, he'll discuss highlights from the book, which covers:

    • Strategies: how VB.Net is perfect for new development of web and other server side applications – but that porting existing code may be disastrous – and how economics and human nature will play as strong a role as technology in how .NET is deployed.
    • Concepts: such as inheritance and multithreading, and why they are over-hyped. Why Microsoft is killing COM. Other important concepts that are unfamiliar to most VB6 programmers but crucial to VB.Net programmers.
    • Code: the VB.Net language and features, along with the concepts underlying many parts of the .NET framework (from ADO.NET to code access security).

    Dan also will talk some about the topics covered in his e-book Visual Basic .NET or C#: Which to Choose?, as well as preview of some of Desaware's plans for .NET. An open-ended discussion on Visual Basic and .NET will follow.

    As usual, the pre-meeting Tips and Tricks session will feature pizza, networking and the opportunity to discuss Visual Basic 'how-to' and other issues.


    Cubberley Community Center
    4000 Middlefield, Room H-1
    Palo Alto, CA


    6:30-7:00pm Pizza/Tips & Tricks
    7:00-9:00pm Main Program


    $10 for non-SDForum Members
    No charge for SDForum members and students with ID
    No registration required