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Microsoft Visual Basic 2010 Developer's Handbook (Developer Reference) [Paperback]

Klaus Löffelmann , Sarika Purohit
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Book Description

August 25, 2011 0735627053 978-0735627055 1

Your expert guide to building modern applications with Visual Basic 2010

Take control of Visual Basic 2010—for everything from basic Windows and web development to advanced multithreaded applications. Written by Visual Basic experts, this handbook provides an in-depth reference on language concepts and features, as well as scenario-based guidance for putting Visual Basic to work. It's ideal whether you’re creating new applications with Visual Basic 2010 or upgrading projects built with an earlier version of the language.

Discover how to:

  • Use Visual Basic 2010 for Windows Forms and Windows Presentation Foundation projects
  • Build robust code using object-oriented programming techniques, such as classes and types
  • Work with events and delegates—and add your own events to custom classes
  • Program arrays, collections, and other data structures in the Microsoft .NET Framework
  • Solve problems quickly and easily using My namespace in Visual Basic
  • Dive into Microsoft LINQ, including LINQ to XML and LINQ to Entities
  • Tackle threading, multitasking, and multiprocessor development and debugging

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About the Author

Klaus L¿ffelmann is a Microsoft MVP for Visual Basic .NET, and has been a professional software developer for over 20 years. He has written several books about Visual Basic, and is the owner and founder of ActiveDevelop in Lippstadt, Germany, a company specializing in software development, localization, technical literature and training/coaching with Microsoft technologies.

Product Details

  • Series: Developer Reference
  • Paperback: 976 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (August 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735627053
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735627055
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.5 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #701,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Language not clear December 29, 2011
By A. Ali
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've just started the book. While there seems to be useful information presented, the authors are not native English speakers and apparently the publishers did not employ an editor to make the book more precise and more idiomatic. For instance on page 25: "Can make due with very little memory space," where "do" should have been used instead of "due." More seriously, the confusing way static and shared are defined and differentiated on pp.380-381; for example, this misleading wording: "However, you also have the option to create components that don't access class members." More accurate would have been: "You also have the option to create class members that can be used without instantiating the class." And instead of confusing the reader about differences between static and shared it would have been better to say, as Alessandro Del Sole does, that static in VB.NET is called shared. The two examples I've given above come from random but not extensive browsing: I am sure there are numerous other errors and oversights in presentation.

Besides the errors in language, the code is not clear. For example, the section on passing arguments to properties is interesting and not covered elsewhere -- but the code is unclear. Likewise the code for the split method for the string class on pp.295-296 is unclear when simpler examples would have sufficed (as given by Del Sole, for instance).

The book may have its uses as a reference but not on a stand-alone basis. I personally prefer Del Sole's "Visual Basic 2010 Unleashed" and the bible by Troelsen and Agarwal: "Pro VB 2010 and .NET 4 Platform."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Errors and inconstant use of variables in the text November 24, 2011
By Atom B
Update: As I progress further into the book the information is good and accurate. It's the projects that are the major downfall of this book. It still seems like two different versions of the book were written and the projects got mixed together. I upped my review to 2 stars.

This book appears to be targeted at an old version of visual studios with only small parts of the text updated. In one paragraph the the name of a variable will be txtmoviereview latter it changes to txtfilmreview with no explanation. Then there will be a picture example showing code with yet different names. This type of error is frequent.

The book ask you to use menu items that are no longer available in visual studios 2010 like adding an empty project. One Project requires you to download and use code from the authors site but the code you type will not match the references in the code you must download. Steps in project are often incomplete only getting you part of the way to were you should be. Most of the conceptual information is accurate it falls apart if you want to do any of the projects.

If you know another .net and want a challenge of correcting the authors mistakes this book might work for you. However if you are new to programming or even Visual Studios stay away from this book. It will only confuse you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Price May 18, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am working on VB and trying to get better. This book is just one
of the five or six things I have pulled together to help. Did VB8 years
ago and trying to get better at it.
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