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5.0 out of 5 stars The best VB.Net book written, January 25, 2011
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This review is from: Sams Teach Yourself Visual Basic 2010 in 24 Hours Complete Starter Kit (Paperback)
I have been programming with VB since 1993 and am a MCSD in Visual Studio 6.0. When .NET came on the scene, all of the VB.NET books were, in my opinion, very poor. I purchased this book on the strength of the Amazon reviews, and I am more than satisfied. I read the book and built all of the sample projects in thirteen days -- roughly two chapters per day (less than two hours each day). The projects are very practical and cover all of the topics that any programmer needs to know in order to build a complete, polished application.

At the same time that I purchased this book, I also purchased the Murach VB 2010 book (I already had the Murach VB 2008 book). It is about 800 pages, but each opposite facing page simply restates in a slightly different way what was stated in the left page. It will be a nice reference, but VB 2010 in 24 Hours is the one that I will turn to whenever I begin a VB project.

Before I purchased this book, I had already built a VB.NET 2008 application that migrates Domino data to SharePoint. After I read this book, I saw many things that I wish I had used, but did not have the time to consider or figure out. One example of that is this book's simple, effective explanation of how to write to and read from the Registry. Another is this book's coverage of the ClickOnce feature for distributing the programs that you write with VB.NET.

Version 3.0 was the breakout version for Visual Basic. That attracted masses of programmers who could and did release professional quality software products. The next few versions of VB were forgettable. When version 6.0 came out, programmers again embraced VB and created even better software. Visual Basic .NET has had, in my opinion, rather limited appeal, but Visual Basic 2010 (and the .NET Framework 4.0) will, I believe, result in yet another wave of quality programs being written and sold. This book has the potential to lead that wave.
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