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Question About Learning VB.Net and Threading

I am taking an "advanced" VB.Net course via web at a state university
toward an information science degree. This is my second VB class and
I am kind of disappointed in it. This week we covered threading. The
instructor is of the opinion that threading is not very useful and
glossed over the subject. At least he admitted that he was glossing
it over. I've noticed that many of the postings on this board have to
do with threading and I have until now ignored them because I thought
that threading was beyond my skill set, which at this point it is.

I want to learn more about threading so that I can at least have an
intelligent conversation about it. Can anyone recommend a good book
or other resource that covers this topic in greater detail? TIA.

-Steve

Feb 18 '07 #1
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If I were you I would be tackling the tutor as to whether he has covered
Threading as set out in the curriculum or not.

If not then I would be taking the matter further with the University
authorities. Tutors are paid to teach what is in the curriculum rather what
than they feel like teaching.
"Steven" <st*********@gmail.comwrote in message
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>I am taking an "advanced" VB.Net course via web at a state university
toward an information science degree. This is my second VB class and
I am kind of disappointed in it. This week we covered threading. The
instructor is of the opinion that threading is not very useful and
glossed over the subject. At least he admitted that he was glossing
it over. I've noticed that many of the postings on this board have to
do with threading and I have until now ignored them because I thought
that threading was beyond my skill set, which at this point it is.

I want to learn more about threading so that I can at least have an
intelligent conversation about it. Can anyone recommend a good book
or other resource that covers this topic in greater detail? TIA.

-Steve
Feb 18 '07 #2
Steven wrote:
I am taking an "advanced" VB.Net course via web at a state university
toward an information science degree. This is my second VB class and
I am kind of disappointed in it. This week we covered threading. The
instructor is of the opinion that threading is not very useful and
glossed over the subject. At least he admitted that he was glossing
it over. I've noticed that many of the postings on this board have to
do with threading and I have until now ignored them because I thought
that threading was beyond my skill set, which at this point it is.

I want to learn more about threading so that I can at least have an
intelligent conversation about it. Can anyone recommend a good book
or other resource that covers this topic in greater detail? TIA.

-Steve
I would recommend Chapter 22 of "Professional VB 2005". There are 30 or
so pages on this topic, which I'm sure will provide a good insight into
Threading. The book also provides some excellent assistance on VB in
general.

http://www.amazon.com/Professional-V.../dp/0764575368

If I may add a comment - In my opinion, threading is becoming more and
more relevant everyday, particularly with the advent of multi-core
CPU's. The subject is not nearly as difficult to comprehend as many
people may have you believe and, once mastered, can deliver outstanding
performance benefits to your applications. It's a shame your lecturer
is not keeping abreast of such developments.

ShaneO

There are 10 kinds of people - Those who understand Binary and those who
don't.
Feb 18 '07 #3
When people say something isn't useful, it's probably because they
themselves don't understand it. I wish Windows were single threaded. ;)

"Steven" <st*********@gmail.comwrote in message
news:11**********************@h3g2000cwc.googlegro ups.com...
>I am taking an "advanced" VB.Net course via web at a state university
toward an information science degree. This is my second VB class and
I am kind of disappointed in it. This week we covered threading. The
instructor is of the opinion that threading is not very useful and
glossed over the subject. At least he admitted that he was glossing
it over. I've noticed that many of the postings on this board have to
do with threading and I have until now ignored them because I thought
that threading was beyond my skill set, which at this point it is.

I want to learn more about threading so that I can at least have an
intelligent conversation about it. Can anyone recommend a good book
or other resource that covers this topic in greater detail? TIA.

-Steve

Feb 18 '07 #4

Buy yourself the book "Programming Microsoft Visual basic .Net " it covers
all topics of programming in visual basic .Net as it is the official core
reference guide

Multithreading is verry important ( on MP and SP systems ) if you want to
be able to create programs that can run long running tasks while stil be
repsonsive to the UI on a MP system there is also the probability of the
Boost in perfomance

Michel
"Steven" <st*********@gmail.comschreef in bericht
news:11**********************@h3g2000cwc.googlegro ups.com...
>I am taking an "advanced" VB.Net course via web at a state university
toward an information science degree. This is my second VB class and
I am kind of disappointed in it. This week we covered threading. The
instructor is of the opinion that threading is not very useful and
glossed over the subject. At least he admitted that he was glossing
it over. I've noticed that many of the postings on this board have to
do with threading and I have until now ignored them because I thought
that threading was beyond my skill set, which at this point it is.

I want to learn more about threading so that I can at least have an
intelligent conversation about it. Can anyone recommend a good book
or other resource that covers this topic in greater detail? TIA.

-Steve

Feb 18 '07 #5

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