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Beginning Microsoft Visual Basic 2008 [Paperback]

Thearon Willis , Bryan Newsome
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Book Description

May 5 2008 Wrox Beginning Guides

Beginning Microsoft Visual Basic 2008 is designed to teach you how to write useful programs in Visual Basic 2008 as quickly and easily as possible.

There are two kinds of beginners for whom this book is ideal:

  • You’re a beginner to programming and you’ve chosen Visual Basic 2008 as the place to start. That’s a great choice! Visual Basic 2008 is not only easy to learn, it’s also fun to use and very powerful.

  • You can program in another language but you’re a beginner to .NET programming. Again, you’ve made a great choice! Whether you’ve come from Fortran or Visual Basic 6, you’ll find that this book quickly gets you up to speed on what you need to know to get the most from Visual Basic 2008.

Visual Basic 2008 offers a great deal of functionality in both tools and language. No one book could ever cover Visual Basic 2008 in its entirety—you would need a library of books. What this book aims to do is to get you started as quickly and easily as possible. It shows you the roadmap, so to speak, of what there is and where to go. Once we’ve taught you the basics of creating working applications (creating the windows and controls, how your code should handle unexpected events, what object-oriented programming is, how to use it in your applications, and so on), we’ll show you some of the areas you might want to try your hand at next. To this end, the book is organized as follows:

  • Chapters 1 through 9 provide an introduction to Visual Studio 2008 and Windows programming.

  • Chapter 6 provides an introduction to XAML and Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) programming.

  • Chapter 10 provides an introduction to application debugging and error handling.

  • Chapters 11 through 13 provide an introduction to object-oriented programming and building objects.

  • Chapter 14 provides an introduction to creating Windows Forms user controls.

  • Chapter 15 provides an introduction to graphics in Windows applications.

  • Chapters 16 and 17 provide an introduction to programming with databases and covers Access, SQL Server, ADO.NET and LINQ.

  • Chapters 18 and 19 provide an introduction to ASP.NET and show you how to write applications for the Web.

  • Chapter 20 provides a brief introduction to XML, a powerful tool for integrating your applications—regardless of the language they were written in.

  • Chapter 21 introduces you to web services and the Windows Communication Foundation (WCF).

  • Chapter 22 introduces you to sequential workflows using the Windows Workflow Foundation (WF).

  • Chapter 23 introduces you to building applications for mobile devices using the Compact Framework classes.

  • Chapter 24 introduces you to deploying applications using ClickOnce technology.

  • Chapter 25 provides some insight on where to go next in your journey to learn about VisualBasic 2008.

  • Appendix A provides the answers to chapter exercises.

  • Appendix B introduces the Microsoft Solution Framework.

  • Appendix C provides some background on security.

  • Appendix D provides insight into Windows CardSpace.

  • Appendix E compares the differences between the latest versions of the .NET Framework.

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Beginning Microsoft Visual Basic 2008

If you want to learn Visual Basic 2008 so you can create powerful, database-driven applications, then this is the book for you. It walks you through this robust programming language and shows you how to build a variety of different Windows® applications and web services. Along the way you'll discover how to utilize object-oriented techniques as well as create your own business objects and Windows controls.

After a brief introduction to Visual Studio® 2008 and the .NET 3.5 Framework, you'll explore the fundamentals of the Visual Basic language. Exercises at the end of each chapter provide you with a deeper understanding of how to use these features to build rich and professional-looking applications for Microsoft Windows, intranet and Internet use, and mobile devices. The concepts covered are invaluable and will take your Visual Basic development skills to the next level.

What you will learn from this book

  • All about the features of Visual Studio 2008 and Windows programming

  • Techniques for incorporating error handling in your application

  • How to create and use Windows Forms controls

  • Strategies for accessing databases using Microsoft Access® and Visual Basic 2008

  • Tips for incorporating XML in Visual Basic 2008

  • How to write applications for mobile devices using Windows Presentation Foundation

Who this book is for
This book is for beginning programmers who have chosen to start with Visual Basic 2008 and the .NET 3.5 Framework.

Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think, providing a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.

About the Author

Thearon Willis currently works as a senior developer and builds Windows applications and add - ins for Microsoft Office products using Microsoft Visual Basic 2008. Over the years, Thearon has worked on a variety of systems from mainframe to client - server development.

Bryan Newsome works as a director for a custom software solutions company specializing in Microsoft applications. Since starting his career building Visual Basic 5 solutions, he has embraced each new version Visual Basic and now creates all new solutions leveraging the .NET platform and VB.NET. He provides clients with solutions and mentoring on leading - edge Microsoft technologies. For VB.NET, Bryan is a Microsoft Certified Application Developer.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent starter book for VB2008 March 12 2009
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Falls far short of a good book July 6 2009
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars 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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Visual Basic 2008 One great book April 18 2013
By mindank - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
3.0 out of 5 stars Read better April 7 2011
By bsharpe - Published on Amazon.com
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars easy to fallow July 7 2009
By J. J. Ponce - Published on Amazon.com
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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