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Stephens' Visual Basic Programming 24-Hour Trainer Paperback – Feb 8 2011
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From the Back Cover
Learn to program with Visual Basic from an expert
As a well-known authority on Microsoft programming, Rod Stephens has developed a clear and compelling approach to teaching programming languages. With this book-and-video package, he applies his skills by showing you how to use Visual Basic to build robust software applications. Assuming little or no programming experience, the self-paced lessons with step-by-step instructions teach you the concepts and techniques of programming with Visual Basic. The tutorials on the DVD reinforce learning, helping you to quickly master the skills required for effective Visual Basic programming.
Stephens' Visual Basic Programming 24-Hour Trainer:
Shows you how to read and write files and interact with databases
Explains how to write, debug, and run desktop applications that interact with the user and the computer
Looks at ways to perform calculations, manipulate files and strings, and produce printouts
Details how to use the Entity Framework to manipulate databases
Describes Visual Basic's most useful controls and explains how to add them to forms, set their properties, and interact with them in code
Shows you how to use LINQ to Objects to perform complex queries of data without a lot of complicated code
Wrox guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think. Written by programmers for programmers, they provide a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.
On the DVD
Don't just learn—do!
The lessons within the book are each accompanied by an instructional demonstration on the DVD—hours of video tutorials!
You'll learn to:
Get started with the Visual Studio integrated development environment
Use variables and perform calculations
Debug code and reuse code with procedures
Define class methods and events
Make menus, tool strips, and status strips
Create and display new forms
Build custom dialogs
Use arrays and collections
Handle errors and prevent bugs
Make generic classes
Use inheritance and polymorphism
About the Author
Rod Stephens is a Microsoft MVP and the author of more than 20 books and 250 articles on Visual Basic, C#, Java, and other programming topics. He is a regular contributor to DevX and the author of the bestselling Visual Basic Programmer's Reference.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
I learn new code syntax quickly by seeing code examples and reading an explanation of each line of the code. As an experienced programmer but fairly new to the dot Net community, I found many excellent explanations that clarified my understanding. This book is written in a direct and often wry style that kept me entertained and eager to turn the next page. The author's humor is well-placed and doesn't get in the way of the message.
Whereas the Visual Basic language capabilities are huge, the author has chosen wisely for the book's topics. Like a well-written subroutine, each chapter has a specific task but the author introduces "other" tools in certain chapters. This not only gives the reader a way to simplify their code but also gives the reader an advance peek at Visual Basic's broad set of tools.
I strongly recommend this book for the serious Visual Basic beginner and the VB6 programmer transitioning to the dot Net language. The book's format and the author's writing style keep the pace lively. In almost all instances the programming jargon and the code syntax of Visual Basic are clearly explained. The Appendices are very good; especially the glossary and control summary.
Rod Stephens' book has helped me learn Visual Basic in a way that my text book couldn't. Now, when I do my class labs, I can add extra features that I learned with Rod Stephens' help!
As a seasoned programmer, I was surprised with the detail of information he reminded me about.
More importantly, I was able to give this book to my 13 year old daughter and she had completed the first 10 chapters over the weekend. She had absolutely no previous knowledge about programming, and was able to write her first programs ever!
The best part of this book, is the DVD videos. My daughter was able to watch the videos (which kept her attention longer than putting a text book in front of her ever would do), and she immediately understood the concept of each lesson! She is now able to describe how to create a windows application and the basic structure of a program as well as starting to understand how to debug them.
I highly recommend this book for the absolute beginner, it has many different teaching styles from the "here's the text", to the "let me show you how it's done", to the "try-it out". No matter how you like to learn, this book has that style covered!
I hope a video-trainer book comes out for some of the more advanced topics; I'll surely be buying it as soon as I see it!
Thanks again for another wonderful and diverse (and cutting edge learning style) book Mr. Stephens, this was the first time my daughter has ever shown any interest in programming... I look forward to creating our first father/daughter program!
This is especially true with this book. I have been programming in VB since version 1 in 1991. I make my living writing programs in VB6 and had not taken the plunge into .Net. I've always heard; wait for Microsoft to release the 3rd version of a program before you dive into it. So I waited with .Net. With this book I was able to progress easily through the new environment and new concepts in VB.Net. Rod touches on all aspects of VB.Net so you can get a taste for them. You won't become an expert in any one thing just from this book, but it will provide you the understanding you need so you can dig deeper. For example: I have heard a lot about LINQ but did not know the first thing about it. This book has 11 pages regarding LINQ which gives you a taste and Rod even states in the text that this is not everything about it. But, he provides Internet links to other information so you can easily go and read more and learn more on your own.
I learn best by seeing and the DVD included helps greatly with that. Each lesson (there are 39 in this book) have a video where Rod steps through the example so you can see it. Rod also provides on the read-me file of the DVD his personal email address so you can contact him. How many other authors do that? None that I know of. I have contacted Rod with questions over the years and he has always responded and always with the answer in a professional manner.
HIGHLY recommend this book!
I was not disappointed, as I enjoy the author's style, and I found the included DVD, with video lessons, to be very helpful. I am keen on visual learning, and honestly, I need to watch the material a few times to allow the many points to sink-in, even though they were very well presented.
This book is intended for those of you who are new to programming, with little or no prior experience with writing code. However, for me, given that dot Net is an other Universe compared to our old friend, VB-6, I wanted to ensure that I did not miss any minor points when learning the inner workings of this new development software ( the 2010 IDE, the editor ).
For me, and a great many others, this book has worked out very well.
If you are new to programming this book would serve you well, and it could be a great help to many who are looking towards a first college course in VB.Net. A way to get a 'leg up', so to speak, in advance of your course work, and to ensure that you achieve an 'A' or an 'A+'.
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