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  • Paperback: 1600 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (Aug. 11 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 013605305X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0136053057
  • Product Dimensions: 18.1 x 4.9 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #359,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The authoritative DEITEL® live-code introduction to object-oriented programming with Visual Basic® 2008, .NET 3.5, LINQ, WPF, ASP.NET AJAX, WCF web services and Silverlight™!

Visual Basic® is one of the world’s most popular object-oriented languages. This new edition uses a friendly, carefully paced approach to developing both desktop and web-based applications.


"Rich programming examples and explanations of the concepts. An enjoyable read—many ‘light bulb’ moments throughout. I’m a big fan of the gradually developed GradeBook case study! Building the ATM application chapter-by-chapter shows the amount of work in programming a major application. Excellent bank account [file processing] examples. The Silverlight™ Weather application is great." –James Keysor, Florida Institute of Tech.

"The best resource to learn object-oriented programming using VB 2008. I recommend this book to novices and advanced programmers." –Jesús Ubaldo Quevedo-Torrero, University of Wisconsin–Parkside, CS Dept.

"A comprehensive educational experience for the aspiring Visual Basic programmer. From the basics of control flow and data structures to advanced topics like multimedia, generics, Ajax and service protocols, this book teaches you everything you need to know to build great applications the right way." –Joe Stagner, Microsoft

"Superb job explaining inheritance. A well-designed introduction to WPF GUI. A good job explaining how XAML can be used to integrate with multimedia, graphics and the Internet." –Amit K. Ghosh, U. of Texas, El Paso

"The TV/Video Viewer is an excellent example which will enthuse students and help them see how complex graphics effects can be created easily in WPF. A good example of the power of data binding in WPF. An excellent introduction to SQL database queries and LINQ to SQL." –Ged Mead, Microsoft MVP (Visual Basic), DevCity.Net

"An excellent introduction to XML, LINQ to XML and related technologies."–Helena Kotas, Microsoft


"Very good introduction to WCF and web services protocols." –Marcelo Guerra Hahn, Microsoft


"Impressive introduction to collections and generics! " –Kim Hamilton, Microsoft


"I can’t wait to see what amazing things your readers do once they are armed with this newfound knowledge." –Chris Lovett, Software Architect, Microsoft


"Helps you create rich desktop-based Windows Forms or WPF applications, or scalable web-based applications using ASP.NET or Silverlight™." –Anand Mukundan, Polaris Software Lab Ltd.

Visual Basic® 2008 How to Program provides comprehensive object-oriented programming coverage and many integrated case studies: classes (GradeBook, Time, Employee), optional OOD/UMLTM 2 ATM system, WPF (painter, color chooser, clock, book cover viewer), multitier database-driven web applications (guest book, secure book database), WCF web services (blackjack, airline reservation system, equation generator) and Silverlight™ (weather viewer, Flickr™ viewer, deep zoom, video selector).


Paul J. Deitel and Dr. Harvey M. Deitel are the founders of Deitel & Associates, Inc., the internationally recognized corporate training, content creation and Internet business development organization specializing in Visual Basic®, C#, Visual C++¨, Java™, C, C++, XML, Internet, web and object technologies. The Deitels are the authors of many other best-selling textbooks, including Visual C#¨ 2008 How to Program, 3/e, Java™ How to Program, 7/e, Internet & World Wide Web How to Program, 4/e, andC++ How to Program, 6/e.

Visual Basic 2008 How to Program’s user resources include web sites ( and with the book’s code examples and information for faculty, students and professionals. Contact the authors at
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About the Author

Paul J. Deitel, CEO and Chief Technical Officer of Deitel & Associates, Inc., is a graduate of MIT’s Sloan School of Management, where he studied Information Technology. He holds the Java Certified Programmer and Java Certified Developer certifications, and has been designated by Sun Microsystems as a Java Champion. Through Deitel & Associates, Inc., he has delivered Java, C, C++, C# and Visual Basic courses to industry clients, including IBM, Sun Microsystems, Dell, Lucent Technologies, Fidelity, NASA at the Kennedy Space Center, the National Severe Storm Laboratory, White Sands Missile Range, Rogue Wave Software, Boeing, Stratus, Cambridge Technology Partners, Open Environment Corporation, One Wave, Hyperion Software, Adra Systems, Entergy, CableData Systems, Nortel Networks, Puma, iRobot, Invensys and many more. He has also lectured on Java and C++ for the Boston Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery. He and his father, Dr. Harvey M. Deitel, are the world’s best-selling programming language textbook authors.

Dr. Harvey M. Deitel, Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer of Deitel & Associates, Inc., has 45 years of academic and industry experience in the computer field. Dr. Deitel earned B.S. and M.S. degrees from the MIT and a Ph.D. from Boston University. He has 20 years of college teaching experience, including earning tenure and serving as the Chairman of the Computer Science Department at Boston College before founding Deitel & Associates, Inc., with his son, Paul J. Deitel. He and Paul are the co-authors of several dozen books and multimedia packages and they are writing many more. With translations published in Japanese, German, Russian, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean, French, Polish, Italian, Portuguese, Greek, Urdu and Turkish, the Deitels’ texts have earned international recognition. Dr. Deitel has delivered hundreds of professional seminars to major corporations, academic institutions, government organizations and the military.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9e07cd68) out of 5 stars 11 reviews
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e406354) out of 5 stars Could be better..... April 12 2009
By J. Hughes Jr. - Published on
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I purchased this book as required reading for a class on Visual Basic. I can honestly say that I am not happy with purchase. For starters the authors are overly repetitive. I understand that to teach someone something repetition is a requirement, but they could have save at least 4 pages per chapter if they had cut out a bit of repetition. Another thing that the author does is go off on tangents, They will be discussing one thing, and then talk about something that you won't get into for another 4 chapters, then go back to what they were talking about, which becomes confusing. This is the 4th computer language I have learned, and this book has made it difficult, so much so that at times I feel like I'm reading a book of riddles. If you are a student who needs this book for a class I'm sorry, if you are a teacher looking to use this book for a class, try something else, and if you are looking to learn the language at home, on your own, look for something else. My entire class has had trouble getting through this book.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e13de10) out of 5 stars Very Poorly Designed Textbook Sept. 19 2009
By Karen Bessel - Published on
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I agree wholeheartedly with J. Hughes' review.

Throughout this book, the author will be writing about one topic, then diverts onto a tangent to talk about a different topic, and then says "we'll talk about that later", then diverts back to the original topic. Really annoying.

It is very text-heavy, with not enough examples & pictures, and really difficult to read. More examples would be helpful.

This book is smaller (length-width) than most textbooks so the type is pretty small.

It focuses on console applications, which are not "real world" applications. Who uses green screen programs? The book should focus on Windows forms, not console forms.

It fails to explain why things are done. I read Chapter 13 and was thoroughly confused about "why" you would want to catch & rethrow an exception. Yes, I understand HOW to do it, but I don't understand how that is useful or why you would want to do that.

This book is the text for a VB.Net programming course at a local community college. I took the introductory course over the summer and the textbook for that course (Gaddis) was a much better resource. This book is better suited as a doorstop.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e3fb6cc) out of 5 stars Line per line explanation, but... July 16 2009
By Gray - Published on
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the author does not explain the concepts behind those lines of code. It got me bored just by staring at those countless repetitive pages that could have been explained in a much shorter paragraph. I returned the book and purchased the VB 2005 for Programmers instead, as it is void of boring exercises and both books have basically the ATM Case Study which I bought the book for.

I agree with the review of J.Hughes Jr, this might be a beginner book, but it won't retain your interest to finish reading it. After a few pages, I bet you'll easily get bored and use it as a door stopper as it's too heavy, not to mention pricey!

For beginners, I suggest you look for other titles. Matthew MacDonald's or Julia Case Bradley's books fair better than this...
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e56c36c) out of 5 stars Don't like it at all. Dec 2 2010
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The book is very long-winded and I don't feel it explains concepts well. Also, seriously, who designed the cover art? Every time people see me with this book, they laugh about how ridiculous the cover is. I've been using this for a Visual Basic class for college and have learned basically nothing from it.
HASH(0x9e12999c) out of 5 stars A Very Good Job for a Difficult Subject to Write About Dec 27 2009
By Mr Foxcroft - Published on
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Writing a text book on programming is not an easy job. The writer(s) of this book have done a very good job, but it's not perfect, and there might not even be a perfect book about programming in the market. Although with good intent, it is too much material to absorb during a single university quarter or semester. I would not give most other writers the high marks I give this one, although at the moment it's only four stars.

Clear, detailed, and comprehensive writing are the three pillars for a text book. This is especially difficult since you have to use English grammar with computer language grammar. The two grammars are at odds with each other.

I'm at Chapter 12 at the moment--polymorphism. Up to this point, the book has addressed each pillar very well. And up to this point, my only criticisms are for the names (meaning, the identifiers) used to label variables, methods, objects and such. I know and understand that the names selected for each identifier are used to support the pedagogy, and I appreciate that, but they have made the reading go slow; it has many times made me quite drowsy. In addition, the use of compound and complex sentences should be avoided with such identifiers to make reading comprehension easier. This is an area that can be improved for a next edition.

Chapter 12 is where this book begins to fall-apart. The editor really neglected it. It is written as poorly as any of the worst programming books on the market. I hope it's just for this chapter. Here are its problems:

It has errors. It uses pronoun references that that are undefined. The discussion does not differentiate between class code and client code; you have to rely on the example for clarification. Many sentences refer to too many pronoun references that will make your head spin and lose you. For example, one sentence has five subjects...good grief! You'll find yourself drawing images on paper to keep up with the discussion, yet ultimately unsure that you understand what was described.

One last matter before I close, the price is very high, maybe too high.

I've come back later to update this review. I was not able to complete the entire book because it was too long. I would suggest the writers break the book in two instead of trying to be an all in one book where in the second half many topics are not covered or described thoroughly.