.NET Enterprise Design with Visual Basic and SQL Server 2000

Book Review

.NET Enterprise Design with Visual Basic and SQL Server 2000
By Jimmy Nilsson
Copyright 2002
Sams Publishing

.NET Enterprise Design with Visual Basic .NET and SQL Server 2000 Find out more about this book,
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Let’s face it. Writing scalable, high-performing, enterprise-wide, mission-critical software is no cake walk. It’s hard work. And it demands keeping in touch with the latest technology. And there is no better way to help get up to speed with the cutting-edge of .NET, VB .NET, and SQL Server 2000 enterprise-wide design than the book, .NET Enterprise Design with Visual Basic and SQL Server 2000.

The book focuses more on the “big picture” of enterprise-wide application design. It explores how Visual Basic .NET, SQL Server 2000, and .NET enterprise design can be used to build N-tier applications in the real world. The book teaches strategies for solving the major issues faced by today’s developer.

Besides covering the big picture of design, it also covers the importance of producing quality code, which of course if of paramount interest to designers of enterprise-wide code.

Here’s what the book covers:

  • Introduction

  • Factors to Consider in Choose a Solution to a Problem

  • Testing

  • Adding Debugging Support

  • Architecture

  • Transactions

  • Business Rules

  • Data Access

  • Error Handling and Concurrency Control

Because the book is focused on design, don’t expect to learn how to code for Visual Basic .NET or for SQL Server 2000, you will need other books for this. 

As a high-level design book, I would have hoped to see more discussion of scalability and performance than was included. But this is a common problem in most books of this type. This is not to say that these topics are not mentioned, they are, but I personally feel that high-level design often leaves out the realities of real-world performance issues, and that these should be considered more in the design stage.

If you are responsible for designing enterprise-wide applications, or even if you are just a developer who wants a better understanding of the “big picture” of .NET technology, then you should give this book a read.




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