Programming with Microsoft Visual Basic 2012 6th Edition

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An Overview of Programming. 1. An Introduction to Visual Basic 2012. 2. Designing Applications. 3. Using Variables and Constants. 4. The Selection Structure. 5. More on the Selection Structure. 6. The Repetition Structure. 7. Sub and Function Procedures. 8. String Manipulation. 9. Arrays. 10. Structures and Sequential Access Files. 11. Classes and Objects. 12. Web Applications. 13. Working with Access Databases and LINQ. 14. Access Databases and SQL. Appendix A: Locating Syntax and Logic Errors. Appendix B: GUI Design Guidelines. Appendix C: Visual Basic Conversion Functions. Appendix D: Case Projects. Appendix E: Metro Style Applications. Appendix F: Using Visual Basic 2012 Express. Appendix G: Applications with Multiple Forms. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Prolific author and respected professional, Diane Zak continues to provide an inspiring and uncomplicated learning experience for students through her widely popular programming books. Recognized for their unique, readable, and friendly style, each book reflects Zak's knowledge of student needs and her extensive understanding of computer programming and its use in business today. Each book is carefully crafted with the modern student in mind. Diane Zak holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems, a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, and a Master of Arts degree in Adult and Continuing Education. She has taught at various computer training centers and most recently served as professor at College of DuPage in Illinois.
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  • Paperback: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Course Technology; 6 edition (March 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 128507792X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1285077925
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 8.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JayBeeOH on June 3, 2013
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Better than just a good textbook for students learning Visual Basic .NET, but not my number one recommendation. I have my reservations recommending this book to a new student. For one, I am not a fan (nor recommend) the old Hungarian naming convention. The author needs to update this to align it toward Microsoft's current standards as outline at MSDN and in the book, "Framework Design Guidelines: Conventions, Idioms, and Patterns for Reusable .NET Libraries (2nd Edition)" by Krzysztof Cwalina and Brad Abrams. Secondly, the author sometimes leaves information that should be covered in a Lesson/Exercise at the end of the chapter. Thus, you might miss valuable information if you are doing only some of the exercises. (Here's where an instructor needs to watch out for and include the correct exercise from a chapter in the student's learning.) Third, while I learned flowcharting in my earlier days of programming and still use it sometimes, the Unified Modeling Language (UML) standard might be better taught to new students to programming. Finally, the book contains very little or no information regarding some commonly used Windows Form controls, LINQ, DBContext/Entity Framework development or new features of .NET Framework 4.5. This textbook clearly needs the assistance of a competent Visual Basic .NET instructor or I fear the student and instructor will be challenged. I confess that I am still leaning toward "Simply Visual Basic 2010 (4th Edition)" by Paul Deitel for a first textbook to read at the college level or advanced hobbyist.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel C. Wolf on September 19, 2013
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The price is ridiculous. I guess it caters to a captive audience: students using it for class. I also moves slowly. I wouldn't mind a faster pace so it could get a little more meat in. There are some very odd comments too. In the beginning of the book ti advises the reader to print all code from finished solutions to place in a filing cabinet or somewhere safe. I've never met someone who still prints code, nor do I have any desire to use so much paper to put something in a format that can't really be used easily. That set me off on a suspicious foot, but as I got into the book, it wasn't bad. I don't use VB.net professionally (I use PHP, SQL, and a little python and C++), but I found the book good enough to keep me engaged in the class I'm taking on my own time. If you have zero programming experience, the pace might be about right. If you have experience, it might be slow and not terribly deep, but part of that is just related to how easy many of the surface concepts are in Visual Studio.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christina Janoski on November 22, 2013
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I needed this book for school and although it was pricey it was even more pricey in the store here on campus - I also have the software with the slides so it follows along well. - one thing was when the mail man put it in the mail box it almost ruined the book -
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Esquivel on October 3, 2013
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compared to my college bookstore, I saved about 60% on this book. Still overpriced though, like most text books. but what the heck, we live and america and this is freedom.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Vander Plaats on June 12, 2014
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Great book that goes much deeper than many Intro-to-VB books. Great examples. I just wish the erratas (errors) had been fixed in the PDF version.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nuck on December 7, 2014
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The author consistently messes up core tenets of object oriented programming, encourages Hungarian notation, and recommends disabling type inference without even telling you why. They just give you the boilerplate and tell you to use it.

This is a textbook which will either make you hate the author (if you're already experienced as a programmer) or produce a completely incompetent programmer with no idea how to properly in the real world (if you're a newbie)

Professors: if you are thinking of using this book, don't.
Students: if a professor assigns this book, drop the class. I'm not even joking. It's that bad.

Examples:
"Create a Triangle class which inherits from Parallelogram"
This is a huge no-no: these are two entirely different polygons with different attributes. Inheritance implies a parent-child hierarchical relationship.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mike young on November 23, 2014
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I bought this book fr my son who is in college.It was purchased at a comparably excellent price thanks
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Being relatively new into programming, I didn't have any expectations. This book at times is very hard to follow, must admit I learn programming visually much better than reading from the textbook. The first few chapters learning to declare variables and constants was fairly easy concepts. But towards the tail end of the book, like the Classes and Objects chapter I honestly couldn't understand the context or instructions. Just seemed way over my head. The author should demonstrate more simplified examples of instituting programming then what's given. I really have no VB book for comparison, but sense that this book could direct readers clearer in signifying what's important for beginners from that which is very advanced.
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