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Thearon Willis , Bryan Newsome
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March 15 2010 Wrox Programmer to Programmer
Visual Basic 2010 offers a great deal of functionality in both tools and language. No one book could ever cover Visual Basic 2010 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.

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A thorough introduction to the basics of Visual Basic 2010

Synonymous with writing code in Visual Studio 2010, Visual Basic is an incredibly popular programming language. Its speed and ease of use make it a frequent first choice for new programmers, as well as a heavily favored choice for the more experienced set eager to learn Visual Basic's latest iteration. This beginning guide provides you with a solid foundation, unlocking the power and possibilities of Visual Basic 2010 and giving detailed steps for quickly and easily writing useful programs.

Beginning Microsoft Visual Basic 2010:

  • Details the process for creating Windows Forms applications, WPF Windows applications, web applications, WPF browser applications, mobile device applications, and Web Services

  • Discusses application debugging, error handling, and dealing with unexpected events

  • Addresses object-oriented programming and how to use it in your applications

  • Reviews dynamic data web sites and ASP.NET

  • Introduces XML and shows how it can be used to integrate your applications with others

  • Explains deploying applications using ClickOnce technology

  • Covers Access, SQL Server, and ADO.NET

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.

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About the Author

Thearon Willis is an author or coauthor of nearly a dozen books and a senior consultant who develops intranet applications using ASP.NET, DHTML, XML, JavaScript, VBScript, VB COM components, and SQL Server.

Bryan Newsome is an author or coauthor of many books and works for a Microsoft Partner in Charlotte specializing in Custom Software Solutions. He provides clients with solutions and mentoring on leading-edge Microsoft technologies.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Sept. 21 2014
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Very good book, step by step instructions are clear and precise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Use it! Aug. 10 2010
By JustMe - Published on
This is an excellent guide to learning VB 2010.NET for several reasons.

1) It provides many "try it yourself" exercises which give you ample opportunities to use what you read about.
2) It provides "exercises" at the end of each chapter, where you have the opportunity to write simple programs on your own, rather than simply copying code from the book. Answers are provided in an appendix.
3) The book provides the user exposure to a very large number of classes, properties, etc., while, at the same time, clearly explaining what classes, methods, etc. are - as well as their differences. Examples are also provided and are very clear.
4) This book is a step above the 'Step by Step' books, and if you have gone through the 'Step by Step' book, this is a great next book to go through because it provides so much exposure to the methods, classes, modules, etc. which the 'Step by Step' book introduces, but does not give the user much, if any, practical experience. (Personally, I found the 'Step by Step' book to be very useful simply because I am a complete novice .NET programmer - so I am NOT saying the STEP by STEP book is junk! It is most definitely NOT!).
5) If you have some experience with scientific programming languages like IDL or Matlab, but do not have any experience with a .NET language (which is my specific experience), this is a great book to help 'bridge the gap', so to speak, as the two types of programming are very different and it can be very difficult for a Matlab or IDL user to switch to a .NET language (or vice-versa).
6) If you learn by doing, which is probably most of you, buy this book! You will benefit!!!


P.S. I never would have thought learning to program could be fun - but it is with this book!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very hard to read and very unclear March 4 2013
By STEVE MONTEYNE - Published on
If you're new in programming, keep away from this book. It isn't for beginners.

There are a lot of try out's exercises in the book, but they aren't well explained.
For a beginner some essiantal parts are missing.
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good on the basics for VB 2010 Nov. 29 2010
By Goritmo - Published on
In this book you will be able to find all the necessary tools on learning the VB 2010 language, very different from that of Visual Basic 6 editions. The author is much better dedicated on delivering a more sound methods on teaching this new Visual Basic 2010, he is sincere on talking that "Visual basic 2010 is a kind of version of Java", "more than 3 million people use it" (because of easiest way to programming applications). In my opinion Visual Basic would never disappear because of their fundamentals on teaching how to program to build the easiest and more powerful applications, ever to be created in a Windows environment. This book makes a good approach on teaching code, that lacked earlier versions on the "Wrox Book Publishing". The only thing I think this book lacks much is about teaching about graphics, WPF and XAML. Although Visual Basic 2010 is not basically a good graphics developing environment, I think It can benefit from most of the applications with graphics made for the Windows OS. Excellent book for starters, like me.
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2.0 out of 5 stars get something else Jan. 16 2012
By BarryTN - Published on
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Yuk. This book is really terrible for anyone who wants to learn VB programming. Too little explanation, and a really horrible excuse for an index.
If you want something far better that will also serve as a reference for future use, try Murach's Visual Basic 2010.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Difficult for a beginners book Sept. 25 2011
By saserfrac - Published on
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I made the slow crawl to chapter 6 before I finally surrendered. It's been a long time since I've let a book get the best of me, but with this author's terribly illogical way of approaching the subject I could waste my time no longer. Chalked it up as a loss and made sure I wrote this review to deter any other VB beginners from making the same mistake I made.
It's laughable how the author thanks god for "the many talents that he has blessed me with" in the Acknowledgments. Well, Mr. Willis I can assure you god didn't bless you with the ability to teach.
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