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cobol and visual basic on .net: a guide for the reformed mainframe programmer
COBOL and Visual Basic on .NET: A Guide for the Reformed Mainframe Programmer
by Chris Richardson   ISBN:1590590481
Apress © 2003

This book is designed as a comprehensive guide to help intermediate to advanced mainframe programmers successfully complete a .NET retraining effort and leave the mainframe.

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COBOL and Visual Basic on .NET”A Guide for the Reformed Mainframe Programmer
Part I - The Mainframe Paradigm Shift
Chapter 1 - Your Future with COBOL
Chapter 2 - What Is .NET?
Chapter 3 - .NET Retraining Prerequisites, Part 1
Chapter 4 - .NET Retraining Prerequisites, Part 2
Part II - .NET Programming Essentials
Chapter 5 - Inside the .NET Integrated Development Environment
Chapter 6 - The Nuts and Bolts of .NET Programming
Chapter 7 - The .NET Framework
Chapter 8 - The .NET Common Language Runtime
Chapter 9 - Creating and Using Objects
Part III - Reading, Writing, and Describing Data
Chapter 10 - A New Perspective Toward Data
Chapter 11 - Database Programming with .NET
Chapter 12 - XML in a Managed Environment
Part IV - Interfacing and Interacting with the User
Chapter 13 - Windows Forms, Web Forms, and No Forms
Chapter 14 - Adding Value to Your Interface
Chapter 15 - Managing Cache and State for ASP.NET
Chapter 16 - Reporting and Information Delivery
Chapter 17 - Deploying Your .NET Application
Part V - Advanced .NET Technologies
Chapter 18 - Configuration for .NET Applications
Chapter 19 - Using Enterprise Services (COM+)
Chapter 20 - Developing for the Enterprise
Part VI - Appendixes
Appendix A - Debugging and Testing
Appendix B - A Sharp Primer: C# and J#
Appendix C - Religion, Landmines, and Distractions
Appendix D - Fujitsu's NetCOBOL for .NET
List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Listings
List of Sidebars

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COBOL and Visual Basic on .NET is a comprehensive guide to help mainframe programmers successfully complete a .NET retraining effort. This book is intended for the COBOL/CICS mainframe community of programmers making the transition from the mainframe to .NET, and also for those who simply wish to broaden their .NET knowledge base.

Starting with a complete set of .NET retraining prerequisites and a full chapter answering the question What is .NET? Richardson skillfully takes you through such essential topics as the .NET Framework, database access, Windows, the Web, and web services. Additional topics include printing with Crystal Reports, using XML and HTML, .NET configuration, and security for Web services.

Richardson also includes information to help the mainframe programmer with infrastructure setup issues, often faced when deploying modules using Internet Information Server and COM+. He provides you with the tools to learn both COBOL.NET and Visual Basic .NET, illustrated by extensive code samples in the book.

Drawing upon many legacy mainframe analogies , Richardson's conversational writing style makes this book both informative and an enjoyable read. COBOL and Visual Basic on .NET: A Guide for the Reformed Mainframe Programmer is a complete and definitive .NET guide for the mainframe programmer.

About the Author

Chris Richardson has over 20 years experience in the information technology field. Over half of his career has been on the mainframe platform developing using COBOL, CICS, and DB2. Chris says that his mainframe background has served as a sound foundation for his Windows, Web, and .NET programming transition ”a transition that has included becoming proficient in Visual Basic. Chris likes to point out that he has had the pleasure of being a senior programmer analyst, a lead developer, a systems architect, and a senior software engineer. With a smile, he explains that under each job title, the primary assigned and assumed duty has remained constant: to develop and optimize business solutions using technology as needed. Currently, he is a programming supervisor at a Fortune 500 company, offering his services to a team of Windows, Web, and .NET developers. He proudly reminds people of his mainframe background and jokingly refers to himself as a reformed mainframe programmer.

Chris divides his leisure time between entrepreneurial endeavors (such as his recent start-up, California-based eClectic Software Solutions), and studying for his next Microsoft certification exam.