Beginning Microsoft Visual Basic 2008 Paperback – May 5 2008
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Beginning Microsoft Visual Basic 2008
If you want to learn Visual Basic 2008 so you can create powerful, database-driven applications, then this is the book for you. It walks you through this robust programming language and shows you how to build a variety of different Windows® applications and web services. Along the way you'll discover how to utilize object-oriented techniques as well as create your own business objects and Windows controls.
After a brief introduction to Visual Studio® 2008 and the .NET 3.5 Framework, you'll explore the fundamentals of the Visual Basic language. Exercises at the end of each chapter provide you with a deeper understanding of how to use these features to build rich and professional-looking applications for Microsoft Windows, intranet and Internet use, and mobile devices. The concepts covered are invaluable and will take your Visual Basic development skills to the next level.
What you will learn from this book
All about the features of Visual Studio 2008 and Windows programming
Techniques for incorporating error handling in your application
How to create and use Windows Forms controls
Strategies for accessing databases using Microsoft Access® and Visual Basic 2008
Tips for incorporating XML in Visual Basic 2008
How to write applications for mobile devices using Windows Presentation Foundation
Who this book is for
This book is for beginning programmers who have chosen to start with Visual Basic 2008 and the .NET 3.5 Framework.
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.
About the Author
Thearon Willis currently works as a senior developer and builds Windows applications and add - ins for Microsoft Office products using Microsoft Visual Basic 2008. Over the years, Thearon has worked on a variety of systems from mainframe to client - server development.
Bryan Newsome works as a director for a custom software solutions company specializing in Microsoft applications. Since starting his career building Visual Basic 5 solutions, he has embraced each new version Visual Basic and now creates all new solutions leveraging the .NET platform and VB.NET. He provides clients with solutions and mentoring on leading - edge Microsoft technologies. For VB.NET, Bryan is a Microsoft Certified Application Developer.
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It's not perfect - I have yet to find a book that doesn't quickly plunge the reader into the deep end - but it gives a laymen like me my best chance of mastering this subject.
I must agree with the other reviewer, though; this book introduces important concepts far too late in the book. For instance you're already using classes and objects long before you have any idea what they are or how to form them. This means you are essentially just copying the text - making it mind bendingly difficult to figure out what's going on.
However it seems to me that every VB book I've read does this! And that this is the best of the bunch with regards to clarity - as muddled as it often was. I think most authors forget that the most difficult part of learning to program is simply figuring out what to put next. One you figuring what kind of code should go next (function, method, constructor, etc.) learning how to write actually write it is fairly simple. I'm really surprised at how little most authors anticipate the needs of their readers. All the books I've read have failed fairly miserably in this regard.
The vaunted Murach books with their rather regimented structure and large print simply don't provide the room to walk you through a series of examples. They're fine organizational tools but for me, at least, they really lack as teaching manuals. This book is more about training and I'm surprised the Murach books get so much more attention than it does.
I would love to check out Deitel - they're just too expensive for me.
1. It does not explain a lot of important concepts, instead it just tells you to do something this way, and that's that. At times, I felt like I was just typing the program in, letting it run, and on to the next program.
2. It's one of those books that uses a lot of concepts from later chapters in the early chapters, creating a total confusion at times. For example, classes aren't explained until chapter 11, but several concepts are used in chapter prior to that, without much of an explanation.
3. The book is written from the perspective of: let's build Windows Forms (and WPF at the same time!) program, then explain the controls a bit, then move on. As such, you don't get a good programming foundation at first. I actually liked this approach in the beginning, which is why I picked the book up. Unfortunately it became difficult to understand "why" things are happening, and what's behind the scenes.
4. The style of writing could not be more dry and boring. Would it hurt to throw one or two lighter comments here or there, etc?
5. And finally, almost complete lack of exercises. Each chapter has one or two, really basic ones, that most of the time are just rehashes of the same program in the chapter. I like books that give multiple exercises of varying difficulty, to spend some time on the subject.
All in all, this book could've been so much better. I have now found a used copy of the Visual Basic 2008 How to Program by Dietel and Dietel (new is crazy expensive), and while not perfect, is a much better book to learn from.
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