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Rod Stephens

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Book Description

Feb. 5 2008 Programmer to Programmer
Visual Basic 2008 Programmer's Reference is a language tutorial and a reference guide to the upcoming 2008 release of Visual Basic. The tutorial provides basic material suitable for beginners but also includes in-depth content for more advanced developers.

The second part of the book is a reference that quickly allows programmers to locate information for specific language features. The entries in these appendices allow the reader to quickly review the details of important programming, objects, properties, methods, and events.

Visual Basic 2008 Programmer's Reference will be fully revised (30%) to cover the latest features of the Visual Basic 2008 release, including:
* Changes to variable declaration and initialization
* XLinq support for XML data types; query comprehensions for using SQL-like syntax to extract data from arrays and other data structures
* Extension methods for adding new features to existing classes
* Nested subroutines and functions
* Anonymous subroutines and functions ("lambda expressions")
* Nullable types
* Relaxed delegates
* Dynamic interfaces
* Dynamic identifiers

The author expects about 100 new pages of new examples covering these features; he will also extensively revise and retest all code to ensure compliance with the Visual Basic 2008 release.

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"This is certainly a tome for programmers and of course developers." Sunday 1 June 2008

From the Back Cover

Visual Basic 2008

Providing programmers and developers of all skill levels with a comprehensive tutorial and reference to Visual Basic (VB) 2008, Microsoft MVP Rod Stephenspresents a broad, solid understanding of essential topics on the latest version of VB. He explains the forms, controls, and other objects that VB furnishes for building applications in a modern windows environment. Plus, he examines the powerful development environment that makes VB such a productive language, and he delves into the VB language itself to show you how to use it to perform an array of important development tasks.

New examples and extensively revised and retested code that complies with the 2008 release help you obtain a firm understanding of VB 2008. Extensive appendixes prove to be particularly useful to help you translate from the languages you already know into the corresponding VB syntax. Ultimately, you'll find coverage of the technologies you need in order to build sophisticated applications with VB 2008.

What you will learn from this book

  • Extension methods for adding new features to existing classes

  • How to select and use Windows Forms Controls for a specific purpose

  • Tips for using subroutines and functions to break a program into manageable pieces

  • Techniques for error handling and debugging

  • Various important classes and objects to use when building an application

  • How to use the graphics device interface routines to draw images in VB

  • Ways an application interacts with its environment

Who this book is for
This book is for programmers who are looking to explore the latest features of the new release of Visual Basic. No prior experience with earlier versions of Visual Basic is necessary.

Wrox Professional guides are designed to give the experienced developer straight facts on a new technology, without hype or unnecessary explanations.  They deliver hard information with plenty of practical examples to help you apply new tools to your development projects today.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book! April 28 2008
By John Paul Mueller - Published on
You might initially think that this is going to be one of those big books with a few examples and a lot of fluff; well, you'd be wrong. This is a big book because it's absolutely packed with really useful examples. Rod takes you through just about every feature of Visual Basic 2008 and he does it with examples. These aren't just the usual academic sort of examples either; you'll be able to use many of them as a source of code for your own applications.

Of course, there are also books on the market that do have good examples, but the explanations stink. Rod takes time to thoroughly explain the examples and the explanations are clear, so you won't have any trouble understanding them. In short, this book has the best of everything.

You probably won't need another book for common business programming needs. That said, some specialty items are missing. You won't find a lot about PInvoke in this book, but then again, most people don't need PInvoke for their business applications. The LINQ coverage is also a tad light, but this technology is only now taking off, so Rod is right in keeping the various coverages in perspective. Overall, this is the book to get if you want to know how to work with Visual Basic!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Overview with Useful Examples May 27 2008
By Jon Jacobs - Published on
I'm experienced with VB.Net but needed a quick reference book for the new features (esp. LINQ) and that would also provide an overview for features I might not otherwise discover.

My first project with VB 2008 sent me right to the book. I was able to easily adapt code lifted right off the page on the first task. However, different code from the book for a second task was less successful (LINQing on a data set table). The syntax (in the book) for the ORDER BY clause was erroneous and raised a perplexing error. (Perhaps the Wrox web site corrects this; I haven't checked.) Googling brought me to a Microsoft web site with an example with the correct syntax.

I guess you should expect such issues when applying 15th century technology (i.e., printed paper) to a bleeding edge tool.

All in all, however, the book was worth the modest investment. Make use of Amazon's excerpts to evaluate it for your own needs (I did).

By the way, the (first) one I received was damaged (crumpled pages, torn backcover) in packaging, but Amazon redeemed themselves by promptly sending an intact replacement.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid examples: a great book for beginners, or seasoned vets. July 8 2008
By Robert Lee - Published on
For the novice user this book will take you by the hand, and guide you through VB.NET from the IDE, to basic principles and concepts of OO programing, and into concrete examples, covering a vast amount of information. There is an incredible 200+ page appendix.

Like most other books on the subject, the sections that cover parts of VB that I work with daily (and thus understand well) offered few new insights. The other 75% of the book has proved to be extremely helpful!

If you truly "know" VB.NET '08 inside and out, then you don't need this book (or any others for that matter!), for the rest of us the useful information abounds.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It is OK Dec 11 2008
By Weibullian - Published on
For those beginners who want to learn how to program in or VB 2008, this book is not for you. Note that the book cover says "Programmer Reference". If you are already a programmer in VB, then this is your reference. I know how to program in VBA (Visual basic for application) yet I found it hard to follow the book beyond chapter 8. The first 7 chapters were spent explaining some very simple stuff, like how to color a button and how to rearrange the control menu, etc. and when the "Getting Started" part started, I got lost.
Don't expect simple examples that teach you how to create your first VB program. In other words: No "Hello World" program. Maybe I will find this book useful next year when I'm more knowledgeable in VB.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Excellent Stephens Book! July 12 2008
By Robin D. Graham - Published on
I have taught programming for about 20 years in a local college. I have several other Rod Stephens books so when I needed a book to help me with the new features in Visual Basic 2008, this book was my first choice. I was not disappointed. At over 1000 pages it covers just about everything you might need, whether you are a beginner or an expert. The good explanations are backed up by good examples. I highly recommend it.

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