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Programming Visual Basic 2008: Build .NET 3.5 Applications with Microsoft's RAD Tool for Business 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0596518431
ISBN-10: 0596518439
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About the Author

Tim Patrick is a software architect and developer with 25 years of experience in designing and building custom software solutions. As a Microsoft MVP and Microsoft Certified Solution Developer, he spends his days writing Visual Basic applications. Tim has published five tutorial and reference books on Visual Basic development, along with several articles on Visual Basic and related technologies. His works include "Visual Basic 2005 in a Nutshell" and "Visual Basic 2005 Cookbook," both published by O'Reilly Media.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (June 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596518439
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596518431
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,199,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Shawn Irwin on May 10, 2010
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This would be a great book, but for two things . . . 1. The worst was, I got to page 332, then realized that the next page was 359! I want my missing 27 pages! 2. The author's attempts at humor are just plain lame, because they distract from the content. You are in the middle of reading a sentence, and within that content, he throws in some off-the-wall comment . . . it was irritating, when you are trying to follow the flow of information. That said, there is some pretty good information in the book, otherwise, I would have considered it trash.
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I don't feel this is a book for beginners, chapters 2-7 were easy to grasp, but after that it definitely gets complex. I would recommend the book for someone who already read a VB2008 intro book with at least some light OOP and wants to get some ideas for his or her own applications. For the solo developer I think the book is priceless.

One reviewer stated the snippets that are installed in visual studio for quick pasting of code was a bad thing but I found it it to be amazing. If you feel compelled to rewrite the code by hand, you could easily do so, but memorizing code is not the purpose of the book as it might be in a beginners book. The book also comes with a visual studio template project for each chapter, one for "before code" and one for "after code". The author explains where to paste the snippets in the "before code" templates per chapter while explaining what each snippet of code does. If you get stuck, just look at the "after code" template and run it/debug/step through it.

This method was very convenient/original and took away a lot of the tediousness of positioning every little label and button for all the forms and creating repetitive code. This allowed me to quickly understand why the author built the app the way he did and how the code worked.
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I thought it was great until Chapter 8 "Classes and Inheritance" which is where I'm at now. This chapter seems overly complex and I question the need for it. There must be easier and clearer ways of accomplishing the goals. It certainly not straight forward. This Chapter is convoluted.
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Thought this was a well written book for the beginner, at least it appears to be a primer for beginners. Easy read and to be honest i thought the exercises at the end of each chapter was good but more examples could be created to illustrate key concepts introduced in each chapter.
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