Visual Basic 2005 will be available as part of Microsoft's Visual Studio 2005 suite of developer tools, which is due to be released sometime in the first half of 2005. Now that the second generation of the .NET technologies is being released, we should see a much quicker adoption of the platform as compared with the first version of .NET in 2001. Sams Teach Yourself Visual Basic 2005 in 24 Hours, Complete Starter Kit provides readers with 24 structured lessons with step-by-step guidance to real-world programming tasks for developing Windows applications. Each chapter includes practice exercises, tips, notes, and cautions providing easy-to-understand advice on how to start programming quickly. Sidebars provide more experienced readers with tips that will ease their migration from Visual Basic 6 to Visual Basic .NET.
James Foxall, MCSD, is VP of Tigerpaw Software, Inc. a Microsoft Certified Solution Provider (MCSP) specializing in commercial database applications. He is responsible for management of all Windows application development, and is an authority on application interface and behavior standards of applications for the Microsoft Windows and Office environments. In addition to being a well-known book author, he contributes to several journals and magazines, speaks internationally, teaches college level courses on Visual Basic, and has been featured in news shows, trade publications, and newspaper articles for his technology expertise.