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Advanced Programming Using Visual Basic 2008 Paperback – Jan 13 2009
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About the Author
Anita Millspaugh teaches programming courses in Visual Basic, C++, and Java at Mt. San Antonio College and has served as chair of the department for 8 years. She received her MBA from California State Polytechnic University, with a bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems. Anita has also led Great Teacher's Conferences for Mt. Sac and for California Vocational Faculty.
Julia Case Bradley is professor emeritus at Mt. San Antonio College. From 1978 until her retirement, she taught courses in introductory and advanced Visual Basic, Access programming, and Microsoft Office in the department of Computer Information Systems. She began writing BASIC textbooks in 1984 using MS-BASIC (GW-BASIC), and has authored or co-authored texts in Macintosh Basic, QuickBasic, QBasic, Visual Basic, the Internet, and desktop publishing using PageMaker, Ventura Publisher, and Publish It.
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Also, for some reason, this author does not use camel casing like in every other programming book I've read. Everything from methods, to fields, and properties, use pascal casing making it difficult to glance at the source code and quickly find what you are looking for.
The only good thing (for some people) is that it introducing the reader to 3 tier programming. Overall, I'm pretty upset that I was required to waste money on this book.
A breakdown in the separate ideas being presented is necessary before throwing it all into an application and then left wondering why it doesn't work.
There is just no logical progression in how this book is laid out. It is like throwing paint on a wall and trying to figure it out.. Needs more organization! I can't turn to any particular section in each of those chapters and see a logical progression.
Step 1.. What are the different parts to the database app.. Tableadapters.. Bindingsource.. Dataset.. What do they do.
Step 2.. Do a simple database application..
Step 3.. add some ideas on what can enhance it. Filters.. More complicated binding of fields..
Step 4.. add those ideas to the application..
and so on..
Also would be nice to have more diagrams showing what all is happening here?
Also, what is up with the brief commenting of the code in the examples? A chapter before/after the code example is so much less informative if you have to keep dissecting the code examples to see what the author is referring to.
I will make sure my review of my class includes that the class was crippled due to the textbook and I will implore the school drop it for any future classes.
Oh... Appendix B is pretty good. Well thought out and a good recap of introduction to VB. The same care should have been paid to chapters 3-5. Maybe I'll rip out that appendix and keep it.