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Mastering Microsoft Visual Basic 2008 Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0470187425 ISBN-10: 0470187425 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1152 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; 1 edition (March 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470187425
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470187425
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.6 x 2.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,081,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

The Visual Basic book programmers count on

You can build rich, data-driven Windows applications and Web programs without endless coding if you use the right tools. This expert guide covers what you need to know to program with Visual Basic 2008, employ the latest Visual Studio 2008 tools, and operate efficiently within the .NET Framework.

In a clear, easy-to-follow style, the book moves from in-depth explanations to practicalinstruction to real-world examples. You'll thoroughly explore basic coding in VB 2008and learn to build interfaces without coding by using Visual Studio 2008's drag-and-drop visual tools. You'll get up to speed on Language Integrated Query (LINQ), the new component in .NET Framework 3.5, and you'll handle key tasks such as programming TreeView controls, encrypting data, and much more.

Enhance your skills in Visual Basic 2008 and the Visual Studio 2008 environment with the new edition of this bestselling guide.

Coverage includes:

  • Understanding custom classes, controls, and other aspects of object-oriented programming

  • Processing strings, characters, events, lists, and dates

  • Designing forms with menus, and creating applications with multiple forms

  • Printing business reports with headers, footers, and page numbers

  • Exploring XML object serialization and XML Web services

  • Querying databases and presenting data to users

  • Programming basic objects of ADO.NET

  • Harnessing ASP.NET 3.5 and developing Web applications

  • Master the New Features in Visual Basic 2008, .NET Framework 3.5, and Visual Studio 2008

  • Build a Custom, Practical Application from the Techniques in This Book

  • Test, Debug, and Deploy a Variety of Applications in Visual Studio 2008

  • Explore the New Vista Interface and How It Affects VB Programming

  • Reinforce Your Programming Skills with Numerous Real-World Examples

About the Author

Evangelos Petroutsos is a computer engineer who has worked for the California Institute of Technology and MCI. Currently, he writes computer books and articles, teaches networking and programming courses, and works as a computer communications consultant. He wrote the bestselling Mastering Visual Basic 6 as well as numerous other books from Sybex, including Mastering Visual Basic .NET, Visual Basic .NET Developer's Handbook, Mastering Visual Basic .NET Database Programming, Mastering Microsoft Visual Basic 2005, and Mastering Microsoft Visual Basic 2005 Express Edition.

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It is an excellent book for a beginer's course in Microsoft Visual Basic.
Norm Davis
I hadn't done VB programming since VB6, but didn't want to buy the latest version for a short internal database access project.
Dr Mike
The book has many well explained step by step examples, which are very easy to follow.
Clement E. Goergen

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By T. Weigel on September 29, 2008
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I purchased this book based on the good reviews it has received so far here on Amazon. After going through the book I have to say I am dissappointed.

This book gives a very brief summary and example on different subjects while jumping all over the place and not going into to much detail on any specific subject. The examples are poorly formatted and lacking any comments.

Having used older versions of .Net I was able to skim through most of the book with learning very little that is new. The subjects do not go in depth enough for an advanced programmer and not enough explanation for a beginner programmer.

If you get this book, buy the downloadable version and plan to use it only as a basic reference.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Omohundro on July 2, 2008
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I am a non-traditional student right now (accounting), and I have taken some Excel courses where we used a tiny bit of VBA. This, along with a database application design course, piqued my interest to learn more about Visual Basic.

It's been a few years since I did any programming at all, and I had no experience with visual programming environments. The last time I programmed was back in the 90's, with Pascal and C. And even though it's been a while since I programmed, I knew I didn't want a "raw beginner book." I wanted a book I could grow into. Enter "Mastering Visual Basic 2008."

This is not a book for people who have no programming experience (although a bright, industrious person could probably do it). The basics of programming (declaring variables and basic programming constructs) are covered in two chapters. The rest of the book teaches the aspiring programmer how to work within the Visual Studio environment. The programming examples are useful and can become starting points, letting the reader add functionality as needed.

The author does assume some previous experience, and occasionally leaves out some details here and there, which can be slightly frustrating at times. For myself, however, this worked out okay, because in hunting for the missing details, I actually learned more about the program than I might have if all the details were spelled out. (Yes, the cloud has a silver lining!)

I'm not nearly finished with the book, but the content so far has me looking forward to working my way through all the chapters. Highly recommended!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DDR SL on January 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
I rate this visual basic book 3 stars. I purchased this book because it had the "Mastering Visual Basic 2008" as the title. I know C++ but not Visual Basic 2008, so a beginner book was not what I wanted.

The main problem is the code and the information is scattered throughout the chapter. It could be placed in a more methodical order, without needing to flip back and forth.

I would advise to download the code from Sybex and use that as a reference if you are not new to writing code. You do not need the book. Using the book in conjunction with the code from Sybex is confusing as they do not match. What the book says is not presented in the sample code.

I would recommend Murach's VB2008 instead to get the basics down over this book
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Dan McKinnon VINE VOICE on April 3, 2008
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'Mastering Microsoft Visual Basic 2008' by VB expert Evangelos Petroutsos is a fantastic way to get up and running with one of the most popular programming languages in the world. Visual Basic has come so far since it's early days and now the reasons for using VB have gone far beyond just RAD (Rapid Application Development) as you can write world-class applications far beyond the most basic tasks you would have chosen VB for 10 years earlier.

Everything that you would want covered is here in this book, from the basics of how to use VB to condition clauses to array and string access to database connectivity and the newest goodies .NET 3.5 has to offer. Written in a clear, concise manner that calmly takes you from one chapter to the next, I found this book to be an absolute joy to learn from. Sybex has a rich history of publishing easy to use computer books that nearly anyone can learn from and this text is no exception.

Chapter Overview:

01. Getting Started with Visual Basic 2008
02. Variable and Data Types
03. Programming Fundamentals
04. GUI Design and Event-Driven Programming
05. Vista Interface
06. Basic Windows Controls
07. Forms
08. More Windows Controls
09. TreeView and ListView Controls
10. Building Custom Classes
11. Working with Objects
12. Building Custom Windows Controls
13. Handling Strings, Characters, and Dates
14. Storing Data in Collections
15. Accessing Folder and Files
16. Serialization and XML
17. Querying Collections and XML with LINQ
18. Drawing and Painting with Visual Basic 2008
19. Manipulating Images and Bitmaps
20. Printing with Visual Basic 2008
21. Basic Concepts of Relational Databases
22. Programming with ADO.NET
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marco Abud Reyes on December 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
I've read many books about visual basic 2008, and when the real challenge emerges they lack the knowledge to help you go through it. But this book is different; it goes deep into every issue and makes it easy for the programmer to understand. I would say that if you have some basic knowledge of visual basic, and you are willing to buy another book, this one would definitely be the one that I would take, and you won't have to buy another.
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