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Visual Studio 2008 All-In-One Desk Reference For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Rick Leinecker , Vanessa L. Williams
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Visual Studio 2008 is packed with features that help you create better software and do it with less repetition and drudgery. Visual Studio 2008 All-In-One Desk Reference For Dummies shows you how to make the most of this cool suite of tools! It’s all here!

This comprehensive, seven-books-in-one guide gets you up and running with Visual Studio 2008 in no time. You’ll discover Microsoft’s vision for Visual Studio, get familiar with the .Net environment and languages, and learn how to install, browse, and make connections with Visual Studio. Soon, you’ll be building applications for Vista, Office 2007, and mobile devices; using AJAX and LINQ; and testing and debugging your programs. Discover how to:

  • Understand Visual Studio’s role in software development
  • Work with .Net languages
  • Develop applications for Vista
  • Build smart client interfaces
  • Use the visual data designer
  • Use Ajax controls
  • Streamline application deployment
  • Debug your applications
  • Explore ASP. NET services
  • Work with strongly typed data sets
  • Access data with Visual Studio
  • Program with Visual Studio 2008
  • Build professional reports with Crystal Reports

Fully updated with new information on Vista and .NET Framework 3.0 development, MS Office application development, and more, Visual Studio 2008 All-In-One Desk Reference For Dummies also features a companion Web site packed with sample projects, supplemental podcasts, and a support forum. You’ll never find a smarter way to get up to speed with Visual Studio 2008!

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Fully updated for Visual Studio 2008!

Your one-stop guide to more efficient and flexible software development

Visual Studio 2008 is packed with features that help you create better software and do it with less repetition and drudgery. Here's how to make the most of this cool suite of tools! From installing Visual Studio to buildingapplications for Vista, Office 2007, and mobile devices; using AJAX and LINQ; or testing and debugging — it's all here.

Discover how to:

  • Work with .NET languages

  • Develop applications for Vista

  • Build smart client user interfaces

  • Use the visual data designer

  • Add Ajax controls

  • Streamline application deployment

About the Author

Rick Leinecker has held a number of prestigious positions in companies such as IntraCorp, MCI, and Landmark Communications. He has written more than 20 books on technical subjects such as C++, C#, ASP.NET, and computer security. He has a thriving consulting practice in North Carolina’s Triad area and innovates in fields such as imaging, podcasting, and artificial intelligence.

Vanessa L. Williams is a consultant and author specializing in Microsoft’s Share Point and .NET technologies. Through her Midwest consulting business, Vanessa Williams Business Solutions, she provides custom development, systems implementation, hosting, and training services for SharePoint, .NET, and Visual Studio Team System. She has ten years of business information systems experience spanning several industries including transportation, petroleum marketing, manufacturing, retail, and motor-sports entertainment. Her nontechnical experience –– including jobs as a shipping clerk, accounting clerk, and forklift driver –– gives her the unique ability to view systems implementations from an end-user’s perspective.

Product Details

  • File Size: 28844 KB
  • Print Length: 845 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0470191082
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (June 30, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004NSW9IQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #816,623 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Overview but Light On Details September 7, 2008
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Many people like the style of the "Dummies" books, but most will find this one tries to cover too much. It aspires to be the Swiss Army Knife of anything you could want to do with Visual Studio but that would take 5000 pages so it falls well short.

VS 2008 for Dummies is arranged into 7 "mini books" (not 6 as the cover artwork here on Amazon shows). And while each book has some great information, it typically covers too little to do much real development. Overall, it's biased towards web development ( using databases but also includes desktop applications, smart phone apps, deployment, unit testing, extending Visual Studio, etc. Unfortunately, unless you just want an overview, most of the mini-book topics really needs its own book.

There's a reason most beginning books on say just C# or Visual Basic are around 1000 pages. This book tries to cover both languages in only 163 pages.

Trying to cover so much information with relatively few pages creates problems. For example, Book 5 is titled Coding. Likely to save space, C# and Visual Basic examples and descriptions are intermixed on nearly every page. So the C# programmer is confused by all the Visual Basic examples and text, and visa versa. It's far from ideal unless you really do want to learn two complex programming languages at once, which seems like a bad idea for a beginning programmer buying an intro "Dummy" book.

So few pages per topic means a lot of important things are not covered at all. If you want to go much past useless "Hello World!" applications, a lot of what you'll likely need is just plain missing--i.e. basic file I/O using FileStream, ReadStream, etc. Many windows forms controls and other common .NET resources are also not covered.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction for Visual Studio newbies April 12, 2008
By Learner
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I haven't read the entire book yet, but my initial impressions are that it is an excellent beginning book for Visual Studio 2008. It also touches on some topics not immediately related to Visual Studio, such as modern programming practices, which I found valuable as a junior programmer.

If you are a veteran Visual Studio user, this book is probably too basic for you.

Most of the chapters are overviews, rather than in-depth coverage of any one topic. However, the content is very practical and concise, and contains a lot more useful information per chapter than some more poorly written books would.

From what I can tell, this book is very similar to the previous edition for Visual Studio 2005, with much of the same text. This new version includes mostly the same chapters, with a few new chapters on new features - notably AJAX and LINQ. The new JavaScript debugging does not appear to be covered, which would have been nice.

The new book is missing a few chapters that were in the 2005 edition - one on SQL Server Reporting Services and another one on Using Enterprise Library.

The omission of Reporting Services is unfortunate, since that is a popular alternative to Crystal Reports. (The 2008 edition still has the Crystal Reports chapter that the 2005 book had.) However, if you are going to use Reporting Services you'll probably get a separate book for that anyway. And perhaps the RS chapter was left out of this 2008 book in anticipation of SQL Server 2008 (scheduled for release later in 2008).

All in all, this is an excellent overview and introduction to Visual Studio 2008. If you have a little .NET programming experience and want to learn more about the basics of Visual Studio development, this book is for you.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have... April 23, 2008
By schopp
This is exactly what you need to get started with Visual Studio 2008. Whether you are a novice programmer or an experienced developer this book has something for you. It is a very easy read and has a basic step by step approach throughout. For anyone interested in programming with Visual Studio 2008 or if you just want a good reference guide, I would highly recommend this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not useful for learning VS 2008 March 21, 2010
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As an experienced programmer I picked this up hoping to get some quick-start help on using Visual Studio 2008. Boy, was I disappointed. It tries to be an encyclopedia of software development, but is utterly useless for the topic the title suggests. Basic "for dummies" factoids such as how to tell VS 2008 where a header file is located are not in the index, and AFAICT, not in the book at all.

Don't waste your time and money on this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for first overview June 13, 2008
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This book is good for a first overview of what and how do to with VS 2008.
The reader should have minimum programming skils, not a dummie at all.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy this book January 20, 2010
By tebedu
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This book is a disjointed incoherent babble. The author is knowledgable but incapable of putting his knowledge im writing. If you are not already versed in Visual Studio 2008 you will have a very hard time following his train of thought and exercises which for the most part are incomplete. If you want to learn VS 2008 buy another book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Reference Guide & Instructional Material
In keeping with the For Dummies tradition, this book is at a minimum, an excellent starting point for someone wanting to get introduced to the features of Visual Studio 2008. Read more
Published on February 26, 2010 by D. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Good overview
This book provides an overview of Visual Studio 2008. It is not a programming language book. To learn C#, Visual Basic, or C++ you need to get a book on those languages. Read more
Published on November 2, 2009 by Willy
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Book
Visual Studio 2008 All-In-One Desk Reference for Dummies is an excellent book. I found it to be very helpful and informative. Read more
Published on August 20, 2009 by V. L. Blosser
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs more downloadable examples
The book itself is reasonably well written. Unfortunately, the companion web site that is supposed to provide "projects with source code" is very light on material from the book. Read more
Published on July 2, 2009 by Brian R. Skruch
5.0 out of 5 stars Visual Studio 2008 for DUMMIES
As a novice programmer I've found this book very useful. It will walk you through step by step instructions and answer any questions you might have working through complex... Read more
Published on January 11, 2009 by W. Hartman
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Buy To Make!
This book has been a great reference and learning aid. From start to finish it gives you a great insight of Visual Studio 2008 and the versatility of this program. Read more
Published on June 11, 2008 by R. A. Super
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More About the Author

I am also the author of the two previous editions (2003 & 2007) of Microsoft SharePoint For Dummies. SharePoint 2010 For Dummies is a labor of love; I've used SharePoint since its relative infancy, and it's exciting to see the product mature and become robust and end-user-centric. With this edition I've made a real effort to sideline the technical stuff and focus on what the business user needs and wants to know.

In "real life" I live in Indianapolis with my partner and our dogs Rosie and Ringo and one beleaguered cat, Ruby. I do freelance consulting in the SharePoint/web content space, helping clients ranging from small companies with 20 users to Fortune 200 enterprises to solve their business problems with innovative human-scaled solutions.

Read more about me on my website, SharePointGrrl ( or my blog (


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