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  1. #1
    Jerry Guest

    Advice on best .NET resources!


    Greetings all!

    I am new to programming .NET and, to be perfectly honest, I'm not really
    an experienced programmer. I'm an engineer that is going to have to be doing
    some development. So, I'm looking for the best resources available for learning/developing
    in .NET. Where do you go for on-line information, add-ons... those things
    that make development time easier? I've been hearing about "communities".
    Do you really use those and are they valuable, or do you spend more time
    in discussion forums like this? What are the best forums?

    Any information would be valuable. I appreciate your time!

    Jerry

  2. #2
    Patrick Troughton Guest

    Re: Advice on best .NET resources!


    Hi Jerry,

    This list should keep you busy....

    General Websites....
    ....MSDN Home Page
    http://www.msdn.microsoft.com
    ....VB.NET Official Web Site
    http://www.msdn.microsoft.com/vbasic/
    ....VB.NET Upgrade Guide
    http://www.msdn.microsoft.com/vbasic...rade/guide.asp
    ....Windows Forms.NET Official Website
    http://www.windowsforms.net/
    ....ASP.NET Official Website
    http://www.asp.net
    ....GotDOTNET
    http://www.gotdotnet.com

    Instructional Videos...
    ....LearnVisualStudio.NET
    http://www.learnvisualstudio.net/DesktopDefault.aspx
    ....Microsoft Online Seminars...
    http://www.microsoft.com/seminar/
    ....Support WebCasts
    http://support.microsoft.com/default...;EN-US;pwebcst
    .....NET Show
    http://www.msdn.microsoft.com/theshow/
    ....VBTV
    http://www.msdn.microsoft.com/vbtv/

    News...
    .....dotNETWire
    http://www.dotnetwire.com/

    Newsgroups:
    http://news.devx.com/cgi-bin/dnewswe...tnet.technical
    http://www.gotdotnet.com/community/m...oard/Home.aspx

    Magazines...
    ....Visual Studio Magazine
    http://www.fawcette.com/vsm/
    ....MSDN Magazine
    http://www.msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/default.aspx
    ....Windows and .NET Magazine
    http://www.winnetmag.com/Magazine/
    ....aspnetPRO
    http://www.aspnetpro.com/
    .....net Magazine
    http://www.fawcette.com/dotnetmag/
    ....Inside Microsoft Visual Basic
    http://www.elementkjournals.com/prod...T+Professional

    Reporting Tools...
    ....Crystal Reports for .NET
    http://www.crystaldecisions.com/prod...alreports/net/
    ....ActiveReports for .NET
    http://www.datadynamics.com/beta/betaagreement.htm
    ....ComponentOne Reports for .NET
    http://www.componentone.com/cmd.boa?product=N-reports

    Installation Tools...
    ....Wise for Visual Studio .NET
    http://www.wise.com/visualstudio.asp
    ....InstallShield and .NET
    http://www.installshield.com/products/dotnet.asp

    Controls....
    ...ComponentOne Studio for .NET (FlexGrid, True DBGrid, chart, data objects,
    list, input, zip, menu, toolbars, spellchecker)
    http://www.componentone.com/cmd.boa?product=n-studio
    ....Infragistics NetAdvantageSuite (grid, treeview, schedule, list bar, toolbar,
    chart)
    http://www.infragistics.com/sections/dotnet.asp
    ....ChartFX for .NET (chart)
    http://www.softwarefx.com/SFXNetProducts/CFXforNET/
    ....IP*Works! .NET Edition (30 controls, too many to list)
    http://www.nsoftware.com/products.asp?part=IPN5-A
    ....Desaware (SpyWorks)
    http://www.desaware.com/DotNet.htm
    ....Sax.net (barcode, compression, toolbar, status bar, serial port, model,
    terminal...too many to list)
    http://www.sax.net/
    ....FarPoint .NET (spreadsheet)
    http://www2.fpoint.com/FarPointDOTNET/index.aspx
    ....DeveloperExpress (printing, grid, tree list...too many to list)
    http://www.devexpress.com/index.shtm
    ....E-Mail Solutions (smtp, pop3, imap4 and parsing)
    http://www.quiksoftcorp.com/emdotnet
    ....SyncFusion (chart, edit)
    http://www.syncfusion.com/
    ....Adberaware (mail, mime, outlook bar)
    http://www.abderaware.com/

    Alternative Code Editors/IDEs....
    ....SharpDevelop
    http://www.icsharpcode.net/OpenSource/SD/default.asp
    ....Visual SlickEdit
    http://www.slickedit.com/products/pr_products.php
    ....Macromedia
    http://www.macromedia.com/macromedia...framework.html
    ....Sapien Techologies PrimalScript
    http://www.sapien.com/primalscript.htm

    /Pat

    "Jerry" <austinlive@hotmail.com> wrote:
    >
    >Greetings all!
    >
    >I am new to programming .NET and, to be perfectly honest, I'm not really
    >an experienced programmer. I'm an engineer that is going to have to be

    doing
    >some development. So, I'm looking for the best resources available for

    learning/developing
    >in .NET. Where do you go for on-line information, add-ons... those things
    >that make development time easier? I've been hearing about "communities".
    > Do you really use those and are they valuable, or do you spend more time
    >in discussion forums like this? What are the best forums?
    >
    >Any information would be valuable. I appreciate your time!
    >
    >Jerry



  3. #3
    Constance J. Petersen Guest

    Re: Advice on best .NET resources!

    Hi Jerry,

    "Jerry" <austinlive@hotmail.com> wrote in message news:3d6a4dd3$1@10.1.10.29...
    > I am new to programming .NET and, to be perfectly honest, I'm not really
    > an experienced programmer. I'm an engineer that is going to have to be doing
    > some development. So, I'm looking for the best resources available for

    learning/developing
    > in .NET. Where do you go for on-line information, add-ons... those things
    > that make development time easier? I've been hearing about "communities".
    > Do you really use those and are they valuable, or do you spend more time
    > in discussion forums like this? What are the best forums?


    Along with all the good Web material, listservs, and newsgroups, be sure to get
    a good book or two--focused on your language of choice (e.g., Visual Basic .NET,
    C#) and your target "platform" (e.g., Windows desktop, Web browser). Books tend
    to take you through an organized approach to learning a subject, where the other
    resources are great for finding solutions to specific problems.

    If you explain a bit about the type of programming you will be doing, the
    language you plan to use, and what languages you currently have any experience
    with, then I could make some book suggestions.
    --
    Constance Petersen, DevX newsgroup section leader
    New look; new content: http://www.smartisans.com/
    Hot off the press!
    "Programming the Web with Visual Basic .NET"
    http://amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1...tancepeterseA/
    --
    Please reply in the newsgroup so everyone can benefit



  4. #4
    Jerry Guest

    Re: Advice on best .NET resources!


    Patrick -

    That list is awesome! Thanks so much. Out of curiosity, are there a couple
    that you would say are consistent resources that everyone uses... besides
    the general websites that you have listed?

    Thanks!

    Jerry

    "Patrick Troughton" <Patrick@Troughton.com> wrote:
    >
    >Hi Jerry,
    >
    >This list should keep you busy....
    >
    >General Websites....
    >....MSDN Home Page
    >http://www.msdn.microsoft.com
    >....VB.NET Official Web Site
    >http://www.msdn.microsoft.com/vbasic/
    >....VB.NET Upgrade Guide
    >http://www.msdn.microsoft.com/vbasic...rade/guide.asp
    >....Windows Forms.NET Official Website
    >http://www.windowsforms.net/
    >....ASP.NET Official Website
    >http://www.asp.net
    >....GotDOTNET
    >http://www.gotdotnet.com
    >
    >Instructional Videos...
    >....LearnVisualStudio.NET
    >http://www.learnvisualstudio.net/DesktopDefault.aspx
    >....Microsoft Online Seminars...
    >http://www.microsoft.com/seminar/
    >....Support WebCasts
    >http://support.microsoft.com/default...;EN-US;pwebcst
    >.....NET Show
    >http://www.msdn.microsoft.com/theshow/
    >....VBTV
    >http://www.msdn.microsoft.com/vbtv/
    >
    >News...
    >.....dotNETWire
    >http://www.dotnetwire.com/
    >
    >Newsgroups:
    >http://news.devx.com/cgi-bin/dnewswe...tnet.technical
    >http://www.gotdotnet.com/community/m...oard/Home.aspx
    >
    >Magazines...
    >....Visual Studio Magazine
    >http://www.fawcette.com/vsm/
    >....MSDN Magazine
    >http://www.msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/default.aspx
    >....Windows and .NET Magazine
    >http://www.winnetmag.com/Magazine/
    >....aspnetPRO
    >http://www.aspnetpro.com/
    >.....net Magazine
    >http://www.fawcette.com/dotnetmag/
    >....Inside Microsoft Visual Basic
    >http://www.elementkjournals.com/prod...T+Professional
    >
    >Reporting Tools...
    >....Crystal Reports for .NET
    >http://www.crystaldecisions.com/prod...alreports/net/
    >....ActiveReports for .NET
    >http://www.datadynamics.com/beta/betaagreement.htm
    >....ComponentOne Reports for .NET
    >http://www.componentone.com/cmd.boa?product=N-reports
    >
    >Installation Tools...
    >....Wise for Visual Studio .NET
    >http://www.wise.com/visualstudio.asp
    >....InstallShield and .NET
    >http://www.installshield.com/products/dotnet.asp
    >
    >Controls....
    >...ComponentOne Studio for .NET (FlexGrid, True DBGrid, chart, data objects,
    >list, input, zip, menu, toolbars, spellchecker)
    >http://www.componentone.com/cmd.boa?product=n-studio
    >....Infragistics NetAdvantageSuite (grid, treeview, schedule, list bar,

    toolbar,
    >chart)
    >http://www.infragistics.com/sections/dotnet.asp
    >....ChartFX for .NET (chart)
    >http://www.softwarefx.com/SFXNetProducts/CFXforNET/
    >....IP*Works! .NET Edition (30 controls, too many to list)
    >http://www.nsoftware.com/products.asp?part=IPN5-A
    >....Desaware (SpyWorks)
    >http://www.desaware.com/DotNet.htm
    >....Sax.net (barcode, compression, toolbar, status bar, serial port, model,
    >terminal...too many to list)
    >http://www.sax.net/
    >....FarPoint .NET (spreadsheet)
    >http://www2.fpoint.com/FarPointDOTNET/index.aspx
    >....DeveloperExpress (printing, grid, tree list...too many to list)
    >http://www.devexpress.com/index.shtm
    >....E-Mail Solutions (smtp, pop3, imap4 and parsing)
    >http://www.quiksoftcorp.com/emdotnet
    >....SyncFusion (chart, edit)
    >http://www.syncfusion.com/
    >....Adberaware (mail, mime, outlook bar)
    >http://www.abderaware.com/
    >
    >Alternative Code Editors/IDEs....
    >....SharpDevelop
    >http://www.icsharpcode.net/OpenSource/SD/default.asp
    >....Visual SlickEdit
    >http://www.slickedit.com/products/pr_products.php
    >....Macromedia
    >http://www.macromedia.com/macromedia...framework.html
    >....Sapien Techologies PrimalScript
    >http://www.sapien.com/primalscript.htm
    >
    >/Pat
    >
    >"Jerry" <austinlive@hotmail.com> wrote:
    >>
    >>Greetings all!
    >>
    >>I am new to programming .NET and, to be perfectly honest, I'm not really
    >>an experienced programmer. I'm an engineer that is going to have to be

    >doing
    >>some development. So, I'm looking for the best resources available for

    >learning/developing
    >>in .NET. Where do you go for on-line information, add-ons... those things
    >>that make development time easier? I've been hearing about "communities".
    >> Do you really use those and are they valuable, or do you spend more time
    >>in discussion forums like this? What are the best forums?
    >>
    >>Any information would be valuable. I appreciate your time!
    >>
    >>Jerry

    >



  5. #5
    Patrick Troughton Guest

    Re: Advice on best .NET resources!


    "Jerry" <austinlive@hotmail.com> wrote:
    >
    >Patrick -
    >
    >That list is awesome! Thanks so much. Out of curiosity, are there a couple
    >that you would say are consistent resources that everyone uses... besides
    >the general websites that you have listed?


    Yes, MSDN Home and GotDotNET are very popular. I try to visit DotNETWire
    once a day just to find out what's new.

    /Pat


  6. #6
    Howard Kaikow Guest

    Re: Advice on best .NET resources!

    While there is indeed much information available online, it is a lot easier
    to find answers if one first gets a background by reading a book.

    The information in a good book will be organized so that you can learn/look
    up certain things easily.
    The online Help in VS .NET, IMHO, is poorly organized.

    I'd recommend starting with books from www.apress.com, www.ora.com and
    mspress.microsoft.com.
    Apress has a book titled Visual Basic and Visual Basic .NET for Scientists
    and Engineers (http://www.apress.com/book/bookDisplay.html?bID=49).
    Obviously, you are part of the intended audience. I've never seen the book,
    but most Apress books are good, so it might be worth a shot.
    --
    http://www.standards.com/; Programming and support for Word macros,
    including converting from WordBasic to VBA; Technical reviewing; Standards;
    Product functional/design/specifications
    ------------------------------------------------
    "Jerry" <austinlive@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:3d6a4dd3$1@10.1.10.29...
    >
    > Greetings all!
    >
    > I am new to programming .NET and, to be perfectly honest, I'm not really
    > an experienced programmer. I'm an engineer that is going to have to be

    doing
    > some development. So, I'm looking for the best resources available for

    learning/developing
    > in .NET. Where do you go for on-line information, add-ons... those things
    > that make development time easier? I've been hearing about "communities".
    > Do you really use those and are they valuable, or do you spend more time
    > in discussion forums like this? What are the best forums?
    >
    > Any information would be valuable. I appreciate your time!
    >
    > Jerry




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