VBTrain.Net™: Creating Computer and Web Based Training with Visual Basic® .NET

The book is now available from this site! It is also available at the major online bookstores and in many local bookstores as well. One advantage of purchasing the book here, though, is that Jeff will be happy to sign your copy and write a short note.

Sale Price: $9.95 (List is $49.95)
Number of Pages: 440


The advent of Microsoft®'s .NET framework offers tremendous new opportunities for training developers. Inheritance, classes, encapsulation, properties, and methods are not terms normally associated with training, but in this book you'll learn how these concepts and many more apply to creating world-class training with unprecedented productivity. This book shows all aspects of developing training with the author's preferred .NET language, Visual Basic .NET.

In VBTrain.Net, learn to:
  • Create and deploy training projects via both Windows Forms and ASP.NET
  • Apply Object-Oriented Programming principles to the training world
  • Use Visual Inheritance to define your user interface in changeable layers
  • Include the Windows Media™ Player, Flash™, and Microsoft Agent™
  • Incorporate graphics (external and embedded), hyperlinks, text, and more
  • Connect to a database for instantaneous updating of your training content
  • Create your own questions and other custom training controls
  • Exploit GDI+ for graphical text, sophisticated gradients, and antialiasing
About the Author

Jeff Rhodes is the Chief Technical Officer and co-owner of Platte Canyon Multimedia Software Corporation, a leader in developing commercial software that Improves the Lives of Training Developers™. He graduated at the top of his class at the Air Force Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Jeff received a Master’s degree in Economics from the London School of Economics, which he attended under a British Marshall Scholarship. He has over nine years of experience creating CBT and add-on products. Jeff co-wrote The ToolBook® Companion and has published many articles on training development. He is a frequent presenter at technical conferences. Jeff lives in Colorado Springs with his wife, Sue, and sons, Derek and Michael.

User Comments

  • The book has been an excellent read! I'm halfway through it and I have already changed one of my kiosk apps to use visual inheritance. It's a great book. I'm look forward to finishing and applying it.
  • Jeff's too modest. His book is a good place to start. If you want to start creating e-Learning content using a page scripting language then you have a huge amount of work to do. Jeff's book doesn't have the solutions to all these things but it does solve some of the initial time wasting challenges and point you in a sensible direction. So, to sum up, Jeff's book may not be all you need but it will get you started and, unlike the Java route, you can always hassle Platte for help.
  • I have before me Jeff's VBTrain.Net book and have been making my way slowly through it. I like the book because it cuts straight to how professional developers of training can use VB.NET. Being well-versed in the ToolBook model of development, it is nice to be shown the similarities and differences. I can see how VB.NET can be used for training.
  • I just wanted to give you my gratitude. Your code worked awesome and has saved my butt big time. 1) I had a deadline relying on this code today. 2) My vacation would have been cancelled without getting this running. You rock!
  • I very much enjoyed your style of writing and found it a very good introduction (with enough depth to satisfy most advanced-but-new-to-VB readers while being clear enough for those with less experience). Your enthusiasm for the product (and creating training materials) is clear throughout and this is always important in getting this type of material across to your readership. Put in brief, in modern British English, "Nice one mate!"
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