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Product Details

  • Paperback: 912 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; Original edition (May 5 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470191341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470191347
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 4.8 x 23.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #495,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Every good book at walking you through the basics of and changes from vb6. If you already have some knowledge with, I also recommend Professional VB2008 (pub: Wrox).
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Good book with nice examples however some of the examples do not run correctly and there are spelling mistakes throughout the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best Beginner's Book For Visual Basic I've Found July 3 2009
By Cort Johnson - Published on
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Programming is not my cup of tea. I've been forced into it through my decision to use to develop my website. This stuff is difficult. I've tried several VB books and this is clearly the best for me. It provides plenty of exercises, is well written and it provides alot of information. Given the languages complexity I think you're better off with a nice hearty text and this is.

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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 21 2016
By Leonard M Parker - Published on
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Still reading it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Falls far short of a good book July 6 2009
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I have to say, overall I'm very disappointed in this book. Here are the main problems that I see:

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.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars easy to fallow July 7 2009
By J. J. Ponce - Published on
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To start learning visual basic 2008 it is very useful,easy to fallow for the beginner point of view. This book it is complete with topics and examples of the language, it is all you need to make it to the next level.
3.0 out of 5 stars Read better April 7 2011
By bsharpe - Published on
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After using this book to brush up on my skills I got to thinking about how useful it is. In all reality it wasn't really that helpful. I've had better books in the past and if I had them here with me now I would type the subject. This book seemed to talk in circles a bit. It really wasn't worth my money.