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  • Paperback: 912 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; Original edition (May 5 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470191341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470191347
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 19 x 5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #327,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Craig Sexton on March 12 2009
Format: Paperback
Every good book at walking you through the basics of vb.net and changes from vb6. If you already have some knowledge with vb.net, I also recommend Professional VB2008 (pub: Wrox).
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Falls far short of a good book July 6 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have to say, overall I'm very disappointed in this book. Here are the main problems that I see:

1. It does not explain a lot of important concepts, instead it just tells you to do something this way, and that's that. At times, I felt like I was just typing the program in, letting it run, and on to the next program.

2. It's one of those books that uses a lot of concepts from later chapters in the early chapters, creating a total confusion at times. For example, classes aren't explained until chapter 11, but several concepts are used in chapter prior to that, without much of an explanation.

3. The book is written from the perspective of: let's build Windows Forms (and WPF at the same time!) program, then explain the controls a bit, then move on. As such, you don't get a good programming foundation at first. I actually liked this approach in the beginning, which is why I picked the book up. Unfortunately it became difficult to understand "why" things are happening, and what's behind the scenes.

4. The style of writing could not be more dry and boring. Would it hurt to throw one or two lighter comments here or there, etc?

5. And finally, almost complete lack of exercises. Each chapter has one or two, really basic ones, that most of the time are just rehashes of the same program in the chapter. I like books that give multiple exercises of varying difficulty, to spend some time on the subject.

All in all, this book could've been so much better. I have now found a used copy of the Visual Basic 2008 How to Program by Dietel and Dietel (new is crazy expensive), and while not perfect, is a much better book to learn from.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Best Beginner's Book For Visual Basic I've Found July 3 2009
By Cort Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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Programming is not my cup of tea. I've been forced into it through my decision to use asp.net to develop my website. This stuff is difficult. I've tried several VB books and this is clearly the best for me. It provides plenty of exercises, is well written and it provides alot of information. Given the languages complexity I think you're better off with a nice hearty text and this is.

It's not perfect - I have yet to find a book that doesn't quickly plunge the reader into the deep end - but it gives a laymen like me my best chance of mastering this subject.

I must agree with the other reviewer, though; this book introduces important concepts far too late in the book. For instance you're already using classes and objects long before you have any idea what they are or how to form them. This means you are essentially just copying the text - making it mind bendingly difficult to figure out what's going on.

However it seems to me that every VB book I've read does this! And that this is the best of the bunch with regards to clarity - as muddled as it often was. I think most authors forget that the most difficult part of learning to program is simply figuring out what to put next. One you figuring what kind of code should go next (function, method, constructor, etc.) learning how to write actually write it is fairly simple. I'm really surprised at how little most authors anticipate the needs of their readers. All the books I've read have failed fairly miserably in this regard.

The vaunted Murach books with their rather regimented structure and large print simply don't provide the room to walk you through a series of examples. They're fine organizational tools but for me, at least, they really lack as teaching manuals. This book is more about training and I'm surprised the Murach books get so much more attention than it does.

I would love to check out Deitel - they're just too expensive for me.
Visual Basic 2008 One great book April 18 2013
By mindank - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I chose this book becuse itbis for first timers.I liked it be cause it gives projects to do and explains step by step .
Also it give some info on how microsoft became such a big guy.This book is great biginners and those that already
know how program.Thanks to the writers.
Read better April 7 2011
By bsharpe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
After using this book to brush up on my skills I got to thinking about how useful it is. In all reality it wasn't really that helpful. I've had better books in the past and if I had them here with me now I would type the subject. This book seemed to talk in circles a bit. It really wasn't worth my money.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
easy to fallow July 7 2009
By J. J. Ponce - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
To start learning visual basic 2008 it is very useful,easy to fallow for the beginner point of view. This book it is complete with topics and examples of the language, it is all you need to make it to the next level.

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