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Microsoft Visual Basic 2008 Step by Step Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0735625372 ISBN-10: 0735625379 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 546 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1st edition (January 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735625379
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735625372
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #563,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michael Halvorson has written more than 30 books, including the popular Microsoft Visual Basic 2008 Step by Step, Microsoft Office XP Inside Out, and Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Professional Step by Step. A former Visual Basic localization manager at Microsoft, Michael is a professor at Pacific Lutheran University.


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For the first time, I feel like I can jump in and get programming.
Barry D. Sebesta Jr.
This is a great book to begin learning the basics of VB - I would highly recommend it.
J. Lee
The author guides the reader in a very easy to follow style of writing.
dillyboo

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By dillyboo on February 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
I'm not new to the visual basic language (I've done some work with VBA) but I was new to visual studio. I just have to say that this book is very easy to follow, it's very detailed, and it's a great place to start learning the language and the use of the IDE.

The author guides the reader in a very easy to follow style of writing. He also goes into detail to make sure that you understand what it is that he either wants you to do or wants you to understand. He also makes no assumption regarding your skill level and basically writes so that anyone can understand.

The only thing that I wasn't crazy about was that he sometimes repeats the same things over and over in every chapter. For example, "If the form is not visible when you load it, click on it in the Solutions box to make it visible." He'll say that for every project that you open. I guess it's ok because these little things really get pounded into your brain, but I found it just a little annoying.

Finally, he does demonstrate a lot of new features in Visual Studio 2008, so the book is great even for experienced users.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By fosterdee on April 22, 2008
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Michael H. is now an old hand at producing VB Step by Step books, and it shows. His treatment of the subject is thorough and to-the-point, as you can see by looking inside the book at the Table of Contents (above). His style is easy to follow, and your confidence level at the end will be high if you carefully follow his lead through this book. If his "Database and Web Programming" section at the end of the book doesn't pique your interest, nothing will. By inserting this section he shows you where VB 2008 is headed.

My biggest complaints are minor: 1) he wasted too much ink telling us how things were done back in the days of VB 6.0. Programmers have had about four years to get over that, Michael, but thanks for an otherwise very useful book, and 2) a few menu calls were to menu functions that don't exist. (That's inevitable when a book is based on pre-release software. None of the errors were difficult to overcome.)
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By J. K. on February 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
I have now read the complete book. The good things about this Step by Step book are:
- It is written in good English.
- The lay-out is pleasing.
- The book is fairly compact having 544 pages.
- All the program samples work and the programming code in the book are correct.
- The book comes with a CD.
- It is suitable for a complete novice.
- It covers many areas of the Visual Basic programming.
- The chapter 20 about the web page programming is good.

The cons in the book are:
- In the beginning of every chapter there is too much repetition.
- Mr. Halvorson does not explain the underlying principles of the VB language or syntax. He only explains (in a limited way) the commands that are used in the specific examples but not how to access the full power of all the commands. Yes, this would have been somewhat outside of the scope of this book but now the reader is left hanging. The reader will learn some Visual Basic but not that much.
- The book and the examples are all done in the Microsoft Visual Studio environment which I consider a limiting factor.

In a summary: This is a good book but not excellent. It serves as a stepping stone. I am fairly pleased with it. Furthermore, I think that in general readers give books far too many stars. The extra-ordinary good text books reserving five stars are very rare.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Barry D. Sebesta Jr. on April 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
I am new to Visual Basic.
I've taken a couple of programming classes, but still have had a hard time grasping all of the little nuances.

I recently started as an intern working with developers in the medical field. I found myself completely overwhelmed and started buying and reading every programming book I could get my hands on, specifically Visual Basic.

This book is great! I'm half way through the book and haven't gotten lost yet! Halvorson walks the reader through each and every process and does it in the correct order. The order in which he presents the materal and the way engages the reader is critical to success! For the first time, I feel like I can jump in and get programming.

This is the best book if you are trying to learn Visual Basic!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By P. McSweeney on March 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
I have found many books from this publisher (Microsoft Press) to be helpfull in learning a programming language. This title, "VB 2008- Step by Step", I've found to be a very good book to learn VB. Easy to read and understand (Better than the "Dummies" books). Would not use as my first book to learn VB from scratch. But if you know the basics. This is the book to get! A very good investment as well as a addition to your collection!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Hildenbrand on January 29, 2009
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First, I'll start off with my background. When I was an engineering student, I took a few computer programming courses. First was an introductory class using the C language, second was an intermediate, and the third was on object oriented programming using C++. I learned a lot in these courses; now I forgot most, especially in regards to code.

I decided to get back into programming a hobby and decided to uses Visual Studio 2008. I chose to go the Visual Basic route and decided to buy this book as my first learning resource. It was a good decision and really enjoyed the book.

As a few mentioned, there is some repetition that can get annoying, but for going back to reference, it does help. This is a great primer for beginning programming and once completed, you should be able to write some basic programs that look and act nice. This book is a great stepping stone for reading the more advanced books on VB 2008. I recommend it for anybody new to programming
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