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Book Description

Aug. 21 2012
The comprehensive guide to Visual Basic 2012

Microsoft Visual Basic (VB) is the most popular programming language in the world, with millions of lines of code used in businesses and applications of all types and sizes. In this edition of the bestselling Wrox guide, Visual Basic expert Rod Stephens offers novice and experienced developers a comprehensive tutorial and reference to Visual Basic 2012. This latest edition introduces major changes to the Visual Studio development platform, including support for developing mobile applications that can take advantage of the Windows 8 operating system.

  • This new edition includes information on developing Win8-compatible Metro applications using pre-loaded templates
  • Explores the new design features and support for WPF designers
  • Explains how to develop Windows smartphone apps
  • Covers new VB language features such as Asynch and Await

Visual Basic 2012 Programmer's Reference is the programmer's go-to reference for the 2012 edition of Visual Basic.

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Learn to write code that leverages the latest features of Visual Basic 2012

Visual Basic 2012 is packed with powerful features and this book will help you master them all. You'll gain a solid understanding of essential Visual Basic topics and begin applying the information to perform a host of important development tasks. The tutorials inside are filled with code examples and the best methods for using them to write your own programs. Soon you'll be building sophisticated applications as you learn to get the most out of forms, windows, controls, and other objects that help make Visual Basic such a popular programming language.

Visual Basic 2012 Programmer's Reference:

  • Explores the Visual Studio integrated development environment (IDE) from a developer's point of view
  • Covers the objects a program uses to build a user interface and implement the program's functionality
  • Shows how to perform specific tasks and why one approach might be better than another
  • Discusses the fundamental concepts of object-oriented programming
  • Uncovers how an application can interact with its environment, including loading data in external sources
  • Offers a quick review of the syntax for particular commands

Wrox Programmer's References 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.

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About the Author

Rod Stephens is a VB programming guru and the author of more than two dozen programming books, including Stephens' Visual Basic Programming 24-Hour Trainer. He also writes frequently for such magazines as Visual Basic Developer, Visual Basic Programmer's Journal, and Dr. Dobb's Journal. Rod's VB Helper website ( provides thousands of pages of tips, tricks, and code examples for VB programmers.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Review July 20 2013
By Brian D. Reed - Published on
To begin this review, let me begin by stating this book is NOT a "How-To" book in the traditional sense of what one might think of. This is not one of those learn Visual Basic 2012 in 24 Hours type of books or even a book like the Murach series. No. This book is, in fact, what it states, a Programmer's Reference book. The difference being, this book is much like one of my all-time favorite programming books that was released by the O'Reilly Media back in April, 1998 entitled "Visual Basic Controls in a Nutshell." That book became the most important reference book for me throughout my career as a Visual Basic programmer. I darn near wore out my copy of it. While I was teaching Visual Basic Programming at Community College of Aurora, I highly recommended it to all my students who wanted to seriously learn Visual Basic programming. Rod Stephens Visual Basic 2012 Programmer's Reference book reminds me very much of the O'Reilly book that I came to rely on so heavily.

When I read this book, what I think about is my current generation of individuals. Those of us that grew up without the use of the Internet to quickly type in a few keywords and find a plethora of information based on our keywords. We are the generation that learned to rely on the Index at the back of the book for pointing us to the page where we could hopefully find our answers. Today's "younger" generation doesn't understand that. They have grown up in a world that is full of technology and, in particular, the Internet which as I just described can give them a plethora of information regarding any subject.

When I think about what Rod Stephens has done with this book is, he has taken all of the plethora of information and intertwined it with his own experience and expertise to give us a book that is truly a Programmer's Reference book. One that we can pull down off the shelf, look in the Index or Table of Contents, to find just exactly the information we need to know instead of having to sift through all the various links and pages and information available on the Internet.

When you open the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition, and you look up the word "Reference," the first definition stated is, "the act of referring or consulting." That is what Rod Stephens has done in writing this book. He has become a personal consultant for your understanding the many aspects to the Visual Basic Programming Language developed by the Microsoft Corporation. The way the book is written, it is as if Rod Stephens is sitting right next to you coaching you on exactly what you need to know in order to become the best Visual Basic developer you can be. There is no standard "fluff-n-stuff" in Rod Stephens book that you often find in those 24-Hour or "Introduction" books. Rod Stephens gives the information to you in a straight-forward, right between the eyes, here it is type of approach. There is no "Sugar Coating." It is as if you are sitting there at your desk with Rod Stephens by your side and you ask him a question and he just gives you the straight up answer right then and there. No fluff, just the right stuff.

Rod Stephens begins the book by describing in very easy to understand language what the IDE is and how it works. The first several chapters of the book cover what I would call the "Basics" of Visual Basic programming and then ramps up at a very steady, even pace into the more advanced topics. Rod Stephens definitely knows how to write a book that can cover all levels of experience with Visual Basic programming. Not an easy task I must say, having taught the subject at the college level and having to work with those who had never even opened an IDE window to those who had advanced knowledge of other programming languages and were wanting to switch.

Those who have experience working with the Visual Basic Programming Language previously will probably look at the first several chapters of this book and scoff thinking there is nothing new in the pages that can help them because they have all that previous experience. Let me tell you, Rod Stephens had you in mind when he wrote this book. Throughout the entire book there are what I call "Tips & Tricks" that appear in a gray colored box. This is where Rod Stephen's years of experience will trump your particular experience. I can guarantee that you will pick up tidbits of information that you either have forgotten or never knew in the first place. The same is true of the regular text of the book as well.

There is just so much information that is contained within the pages of this book that you will find yourself reaching for it time and time again asking Rod Stephens to be your consultant on any Visual Basic 2012 project you might be starting or working on.

The question every person has when looking for a book to purchase is, "Will I learn anything from reading this book?" I believe the question has already been answered in this review with a resounding, "YES!!!" no matter what your skill level within the Visual Basic Programming world. Will this book need to be read from cover to cover in order to learn what you need? It all depends on your skill level and your experience. If you have any experience at all, then no. Use the book as it was intended, a quick reference guide. If you do not have any experience, then yes, I suggest you start with the first chapter and be sitting at your desk with the Visual Basic IDE open on your desktop or laptop computer so you can follow along. In no time at all, Rod Stephens will have you designing and coding your first Windows Form application, which in my opinion is still very much used within Corporate America to this day. Even in the day of having the Internet and Web-Based software applications, Windows Forms has never really been completely dismissed, although I believe Microsoft would disagree and like to see you move on. What you learn by developing Windows Forms applications can be used to eventually do that sort of work, but everyone has to start somewhere, including starting a new project from scratch. Make sure you have Rod Stephens Visual Basic 2012 Programmer's Reference on your desk or within arm's reach. You're gonna need it!
3.0 out of 5 stars VB Programmer's Reference June 25 2014
By David J Konko - Published on
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The VB Programmer's Reference provides details that help to clarify many of the programming nuances found in the IDE and language.
4.0 out of 5 stars good coverage May 28 2014
By Wayne Chudleigh - Published on
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I have been using other versions of basic for years. This was fairly good at getting me into a very different version.
4.0 out of 5 stars Visual Basic 2012 Jan. 29 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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A good basic reference to VB and Microsoft's Visual Studio development environment. Of course if Microsoft had done a better job on their own documentation this book and others like it would not be necessary. Microsoft's documentation is much like their OS. It seems to have evolved organically from the original DOS rather than through a process of engineering and design.
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice to have Jan. 9 2014
By Liliana Wilson - Published on
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Great Visual Basic 2012 programmer's reference book. If you are programming with VB 2012, you will find it very useful.

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