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Programming Microsoft® Visual Basic® .NET (Core Reference) Hardcover – May 20 2002


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  • Hardcover: 1616 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (May 20 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735613753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735613751
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 19.6 x 7.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #824,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
No doubt about it; the book is comprehensive; but the problem is that at times the author drifts into the "look how much I know about visual basic" instead of trying to teach the subject matter. It explains items in great detail but obfuscates the point by going into too much detail.
I've no doubt that Mr Balena knows VB.net; the problem is that having read his book I dont!
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Even if I don't use VB Net, I enjoy that book: a "just" view in comparisons between dot-Net and VB6 (not always at 100% in favor of VB.Net), and insight, intelligence, and inner working we don't even see often, if not at all, even in C# books! There are two major weak points: Windows Forms (I recommend Chris Sells' book) and database (I suspect Francesco didn't entirely wrote these chapters, as the style is a little bit different in those chapters than the other parts of the book, anyhow, my impression), again too superficial ( I somehow recommend the MS Press book ADO.NET by Sceppa). Even if I use C#, I often found that Francesco Balena did a much better job than what I find in other of my C# and Managed C++ reference books. NOW, my copy, of the first edition, has indeed a printed page number 1576. So why Amazon annonces 800 pages, I don't know.
I would have give only four stars, but since I find very hard to find a book of my liking about dot-Net in general, I cannot than praise that book for an extra star.
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This is an excelent book. It helps me to obtain an in-depth knowledge of VB .Net, given that I am really new to VB. Most important of all, buying this book accidently leads me to a brief contact with the author. He is such a nice person whose attitude and behavior convinces me of his devotion to the readers and his products. You cannot expect a high-quality book from a person who is not so devoted to his work.
Since there are already so many comments on the content of the book, I hope my view from a personal perspective can help you choose this book as your gateway into VB .Net.
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This is one of the best VB.NET book I read. It's not a lesson book who at the end you have a ready to use application. It's a bit more theorical and hard to read. I read it two times(second more rapidly) to understand vet complex stuff and new notion like reflection, namespaces and so on... The author do not talk about remoting but it's more a .NET technique than a VB.NET technique. But in general everything and much more (ASP.NET, ADO.NET...) are covered. So go now to the library and buy this gem.
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Yeni baslayanlar icin zor bir kitap olabilir. Baslarda vazgecebilirsiniz ama kendinize zaman vermenizde fayda var. Cunku visual basic adina gercek bir kaynak olmayi hak ediyor. Yazar vb6 bildiginizi varsayiyor. Sayet benim gibi tam bir acemi iseniz bu kitap sizi korkutabilir. Sakin vazgecmeyin. Hem .Net'e hem de VB.NET'e asinalik kazandikca ve programlama bilginizi gelistirdikce kafaniza takilanlarin kitapta oldugunu goreceksiniz. Bu nedenle baslari zordur.
Tavsiyem, ozellikle VS.NET MSDN yardim dosyalariyla konulara hazirlik yapmaniz.
Sayet yuzmeyi bilmiyorsaniz, bu kitapla tek bir sansiniz var; yuzmeyi ogrenmek, aksi takdirde bogulursunuz.
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This book has paid for itself in productivity many times over for me. I recommend it to all VB5-6 developers moving to .NET. In 22 years of reading computer programming books, this is one of the best I've found. It doesn't cover everything (for example, I found that I needed to buy the Visual Basic .NET Deployment Handbook from Wrox [which is now out of business I think]) but it covers 80-90% of what most developers will need. I read the first 1100 pages and skimmed other parts of the rest as needed. It's a great reference. I can find things in it faster than I can google them in most cases.
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By Chris Youngs on March 11 2004
Format: Hardcover
Fairleigh Dickinson University | ASP Developer YOU WILL NEED IT
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This is a book for those of you wanting a relatively broad overview of programming in Visual Basic .NET. The author does go into a good amount of detail in the topics covered.
If you are just getting started with VB.NET, I would recommend first reading Visual Basic .NET Step-by-Step, 2003 Edition . (I know, normally I do not like Step-by-Step books, but it is a fair introduction to the topic.)
If you are an advanced user, you probably will skim the book and use it as a reference. Remember that this book is tool-specific, this book is not designed to teach advanced programming topics such algorithms, etc.
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