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Introducing Microsoft Visual Basic 2005 for Developers (Pro-Developer) Paperback – February 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Series: Pro-Developer
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press (February 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073562058X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735620582
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 1.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,686,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sean Campbell and Scott Swigart are senior principals at 3 Leaf Solutions and are leading this team of authors. Both have been involved with .NET since the first beta release and have been educating and mentoring people on the product ever since. They have a long history of helping Microsoft develop content on its technologies and have built a strong relationship with the Visual Studio product group. They will work closely with that team in developing this title. Sean and Scott led a team of people from 3 Leaf in the writing of 101 Microsoft Visual Basic .NET Applications, recently published by Microsoft Press, and have demonstrated that they are very familiar with Visual Basic 6 to Visual Basic .NET adoption and code migration issues.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Don Dooley on March 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
This "book" is like a rough draft of a sales brochure. It appears to be mainly a sales promo aimed at VB6 programmers. It is a very brief overview that is filled with errors. The code download and errata are not available on the given site. The code in the book is mere snippets that constantly refer the reader to the nonexistent code download. Net framework 2.0 is frequently referred to as version 1.2 making it difficult to know if they meant version 1.1 or 2.0. It is not possible to run any code with the snippets they provide. The book has little value except as an error filled sales brochure for nonprogrammers. The authors and MS Press should be ashamed to put out garbage like this book.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By C. Cote on November 4, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book did not teach me very much more than articles that I read on MSDN or what I learned by myself using VB 2005 beta. One interest that I had was the new partial classes concept and the book does not talk about it. It mainly describes the new bells and whistles of VB 2005. It is only a brief introduction of VB 2005.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ed Menke on July 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
1) Assumption of mastery of OO concepts despite fact that many developers may *not* be coming to VB2K5 from, say, Java... Given that Microsoft is famously Balkanized internally and regards VB programmers as beloved-but-second-class, you'd think the approach and assumptions would be different.

Also, as per point #4 (below), given "conceptual" orientation of the book, you'd think more weight would be given to clarity and depth of expression for actual underlying concepts (as opposed to, say, simply how things differ from the last version of ASP, or whatever).

2) Disturbingly self-congratulatory: "Gee, the whizzes at Microsoft have really topped themselves with [whatever whacky feature]!"

3) Obtuse references to difficulties of the environment: "Sure there are a kabillion esoterically-organized classes in the Base Library. Now that's not a problem because we've got the 'my' object!"

4) "Walkthroughs" rather than exercises. Code examples are "representative" rather than runnable.

You can't appeal to everyone all the time. However, this book will appeal to no one.
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