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Beginning VB 2008: From Novice to Professional (Expert's Voice in .NET) 1st Edition

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Christian Gross is a consultant with vast experience in the client/server world. He has consulted for Microsoft on DNA solutions, and he has held consulting positions with Daimler Benz, Microsoft, NatWest, and other major corporations. Gross was a contributor to Professional Active Server Pages, Professional SQL Server 6.5 Administration, Professional NT Internet Information Server Administration, and Programming Microsoft Windows 2000 Unleashed. He is the author of A Programmer's Introduction to Windows DNA.

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Product Details

  • Series: Expert's Voice in .NET
  • Paperback: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (February 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590599381
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590599389
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,296,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What to say? How about "I get a kick out of Dilbert and more often than not can relate to Dilbert." Does that make me a tech nerd? Sure, but I also like to do other things like visual arts and paint pictures in a surrealist style. As much of a tech nut I am I like my art done in a traditional manner.

With respect to tech, my education is Mechanical Engineering specializing in robotics, parallel computing, and industrial automation. There actually was a time when I could calculate the trajectory of a five axis robot, sigh! I have always been fond of writing software and in grade 10 wrote my first major program that was to become an ISAM database using Waterloo Basic on a Commodore Pet! My main computing interests lie in Software Engineering and the Internet.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Cromwell on April 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
Flipping through this book in the store, it seemed like a good choice because it appeared to try to use coherent projects to teach rather than going the way of most horrible programming books that just isolate topics on one or two pages and never explain how it all works together ("Chapter 44: How to place a radio button. Click the tools tab, then select radio button. Place on form. Chapter 45: How to place a text box..." etc).

The other main reason I bought this book was because it actually has exercises at the end of the chapters, and promises that solutions are available on the publisher's website. This is another feature most programming books sadly lack. For anyone wanting to learn outside of a classroom, there is usually no way to test or check your own progress.

Well, this book sourly disappointed on both these supposed advantages. While it does try to implement the concepts within whole projects, it does this at the expense of teaching you Visual Basic. The details are sorely lacking. After three chapters, very little has actually been explained. I've learned a bit about how to make text appear in a text box by clicking a button, about variable types and a few functions for manipulating numbers and strings. But very little about how to actually make things work together.

Chapter three has you making a "translator" program that will take simple greetings and translate them from one language to another. For example, English "hello" to German "hallo." The first half of the chapter simply covers how to write a command prompt program to get "hello" to go to "hallo" reliably, while the rest talks a lot about language and culture settings in .NET and how to manipulate them. Where are this author's priorities? Is that really relevant yet?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Perry Forman on February 26, 2008
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This book is really only 2 or 3 stars, but I couldn't find a way to change my rating.

I purchased this book because I liked what the table of contents had to offer. I'm currently working on a Java app and can see that how to accomplish most of the important features of that app in are covered.

However, now that I've been reading thru the book, I question a) the author's methods of explaining, and in some cases b) his actual explanation.

As the review for the C# version of the book mentions. The author uses analogies extremely literally. This gets very annoying to say the least. It almost like there is an analogy every other page.

I also have a problem with the examples he uses throughout the book. His resume discusses his background in financial apps. He obviously wanted to make use of this as every example I've seen so far is based on finance. But this means in some cases, you spend more time trying to understand the purpose of the app, then understanding the point he's trying to make.

Finally, I'm on chapter 7 now where he discusses Interfaces, Method Overriding, Method Overloading. I find his examples of Interfaces rather poor as they never show the purpose of Interfaces enforcing contracts among various classes. He implements an Interface in a base class, which makes no sense to me, since that interface would probably only get used in 1 place then. He also never discusses Method Overloading as creating the same method names with different signitures. He treats Overloading and Overriding as exactly the same thing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Heath on March 18, 2008
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It's an ok, but not for an absolute beginner. I would say it's for the advanced beginner to intermediate. I've been learning VB.NET for about a year and this book really helped me grasp the concepts associated with creating classes and structured code.

For the absolute beginner, read Visual Basic 2008 Step by Step before reading this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sean on May 25, 2011
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I have made it through chapter six of this book and am very frustrated.

Like other reviews have said, the author spends lots of time covering topics that are not directly related to learning Visual Basic. Some of the topics are important to know as programmer in general but not necessary to learning Visual Basic. One example is depth-first search algorithm. This is good information to have but not necessary to Visual Basic. Algorithms are for design pattern and algorithm books not a beginner's Visual Basic book.

The biggest problem with the book for me is the "Things for you to do" section. These exercises do not seem to be well thought out more like last minute after thoughts. There are several questions that are not covered in their chapter. This wouldn't be so bad if you could take a stab at the question and then check your work to see if it's right. The book says the answers are available online but PSYCHE no answers. The promised answers are not online so you can't check your work. You have no clue if you are even close. I suppose after I get another VB book and learn VB I will be able to know if I have answered the questions right.

I have actually read several programming books back to the old Pascal days and this is by far the worst one I have ever read. If you already know VB pretty well then you don't need this book. If you don't know VB then you don't need this book. I am not sure who this book would be of value to.
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