Visual Basic 2005 Programmer's Reference 1st Edition
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From the Back Cover
Visual Basic 2005 adds new features to Visual Basic (VB) that make it a more powerful programming language than ever before. This combined tutorial and reference describes VB 2005 from scratch, while also offering in-depth content for more advanced developers. Whether you're looking to learn the latest features of VB 2005 or you want a refresher of easily forgotten details, this book is an ideal resource.
Well-known VB expert Rod Stephens features the basics of Visual Basic 2005 programming in the first half of the book. The second half serves as a reference that allows you to quickly locate information for specific language features. It's a comprehensive look at programming using the increased set of language options offered with the VB 2005 release, confirming that there has never been a better time to learn Visual Basic than now.
What you will learn from this book
- The fundamental concepts of object-oriented programming with Visual Basic, including classes and structures, inheritance and interfaces, and generics
- How an application can interact with its environment, save and load data in external sources, and use standard dialog controls
- The syntax for declaring subroutines, functions, generics, classes, and other important language concepts
Who this book is for
This book is for programmers at all levels who are either looking to learn Visual Basic 2005 or have already mastered it and want some useful tips, tricks, and language details.
Wrox Programmer's References are designed to give the experienced developer straight facts on a new technology, without hype or unnecessary explanations. They deliver hard information with plenty of practical examples to help you apply new tools to your development projects today.
About the Author
Rod has written 14 books that have been translated into half a dozen different languages, and more than 200 magazine articles covering Visual Basic, Visual Basic for Applications, Delphi, and Java. He is currently a columnist for Visual Basic Developer (www.pinnaclepublishing.com).
Rod’s popular VB Helper Web site (www.vb-helper.com) receives several million hits per month and contains thousands of pages of tips, tricks, and example code for Visual Basic programmers, as well as example code for this book.
- Publisher : Wrox; 1st edition (October 21, 2005)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 1056 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0764571982
- ISBN-13 : 978-0764571985
- Item Weight : 3.21 pounds
- Dimensions : 7.4 x 2.15 x 9.3 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,831,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1) Unlike most VB books, he separates IDE (Integrated Devel. Env.) issues from the actual coding examples. In other words, while the IDE treatment is good, one needn't concern oneself with the IDE in order to understand the fundamental attributes - both syntactic and semantic - of the language. To put it as simply as possible: my objective was to know *what the code looks like, and what it does* as a language, not as a language-cum-development environment. (It's also worth noting that Visual Studio is *not* the only available development environment.)
2) The author spends a lot of time on definitions, and doesn't assume any pre-existing knowledge of the language. Syntax charts appear before presentation of any language construct, so that the reader can clearly see what options are available for that language construct *before* the author begins to actually describe the variations.
3) The examples rely on forms *only* when necessary. From what I can tell, most VB books are addressed to VB programmers - who seem to think of the entire language as being built around forms. (While this may be a historically understandable view, clearly it's inaccurate, given that it's possible to write form-independent and useful component code, such as for use in an ASP .NET application.)
Let me close by saying that after struggling through a number of VB books that were clearly oriented towards forms and/or holding the reader by the hand when it came to walking through the IDE in *every single example*, but were relatively weak when it came to the fundamental syntactic and semantic characteristics of the language, it was a pleasure to read this text, in which *definitions* and *semantics* came first!
If you are looking to have your hand held so you can walk through each example with the IDE, or seeking a "cookbook" that will tell you how to write such-and-such a routine, this may not be the right book for you. But as a programmer who has learned many languages, the first thing I want to know with any new language is: *how to write the code in plain text, and what the code I've written will actually do*.
After reading another Wrox tome (the title of which I won't mention), browsing at my local B&N, and consulting many possible resources on line, this is the best text that I've found which satisfies that seemingly simple-minded criterion. And at Amazon's excellent price, this is a bargain you can't afford to pass up!