Visually Learn Visual Basic .NET in 12 Hours
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(Mar 01, 2004)
The 9 Lessons in this twelve-hour course aim to make you productive with Visual Basic .NET even if you have no prior .NET experience. An introductory lesson on the .NET Framework and Visual Basic .NET leads to four more lessons that drill down on core Visual Basic .NET programming techniques. Three additional lessons illustrate how to apply your Visual Basic .NET programming skills to creating solutions with Windows forms and controls. A concluding pair of lessons illustrates how to use Visual Basic .NET to solve practical problems with ADO.NET and XML.
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Lesson 1: Getting the Basics
Lesson 2: Types, Procedures and Conditional Statements
Lesson 3: Loops, Arrays and Exception Handling
Lssson 4: Strings, Dates and Classes
Lesson 5: File Processing, Class Inheritance and Events
Lesson 6: Form1, Buttons, Text Boxes and Formatting
Lesson 7: Drill-down on Selected Windows Form Controls
Lesson 8: Working with Multiple Windows Forms
Lesson 9: ADO.NET
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As many others have noted, the sound quality is horrid. Compare it to making an internet phone call using nothing but a cheap mic attached to your web-cam; sounds like he is talking into a soup can. You're also hit with annoying transition slides - loud & weirdly timed slides - where after jolted by the volume shift, you sit and look at them for what seems like forever. Too bad the same length isn't applied to the informational slides; those are usually presented without enough time to read half of it. I spent a lot of time on the pause button, greatly extending the "1 hour" lesson window.
The instructor also presents in a way that makes you wonder if he rehearsed at all before creating the Final Take. He also makes a few verbal "typos" which can make you need to rewind to figure out what he actually meant. The labs could have been better structured; you are referred to the slides (included PDF Files) for complete instructions, but the slides present minimal information and are in a quasi step-by-step rather than a goal oriented format; many times you have to look at the solution just to figure out what the problem was. And lastly, the source code, although on the DVD, is not clearly organized and the instructor never clearly tells you where to go to load whichever demo solution he is working with.
There is little doubt the instructor knows the language and the environment. And you will take away a decent beginner's grasp of VB.NET programming. But is this presentation better than a book of the same goal? When you take away the common content elements from a DVD- and a book- presentation, the DVD set begins to lose ground in that a book is easier to reread confusing sections than the DVD is to replay, and when all is said and done, the DVD doesn't provide you with a reference guide at your finger-tips to utilize. The DVD approach is a good idea, and worth the view, but go into it knowing this might not be your last learning purchase.
The early lessons introduce some .NET fundamentals and demonstrate how to leverage your existing VB/VBA background to quickly get started creating solutions with Visual Basic .NET. Later lessons deal with content that is unique to .NET. I never programmed custom classes much -- especially with events. However, this DVD presented the topic in a way that didn't intimidate me. Instead, the DVD empowered me. Heck, I even learned class inheritance. After viewing this DVD, I feel like a pretty "classy" VB.NET programmer.
Several lessons drilled down on creating solutions with Windows forms -- one of the new forms introduced with the .NET Framework. The DVD taught me how to add controls to a form, create multiple forms in the same project, format both the forms and their controls, pass data between forms, and create main, switchboard forms that let users navigate to other forms in my solutions.
The DVD ended with a lesson on using VB.NET and ADO.NET with Windows forms. I liked what I saw, but I am hungry for more on this topic (ADO.NET). I guess it's time for me to get the other DVD by Rick Dobson from DV Press titled Programming Visual Basic .NET and ADO.NET with SQL Server and Access.
Nevertheless, I can't give the product a 5 start rating. There are problems with the dvd set. The dvd is broken into small bites of information, but the music they play between the sections is too loud. Second, the sound is too low when the presenter speaks. Third, I checked all three dvds and could not find all of the code presented in the dvds. Fourth, some topics didn't go far enough. I am a beginner vb.net so it wasn't always obvious why you would want to do something. Fifth, on the second dvd the video and sound get out of sync in the last lesson.
The main problem with the dvd set is that it is like most code. The dvds have some bugs that need to be worked out. However, the bugs are nothing that can't be overcome. I would recommend this for a vb.net beginner who wants to get a good foundation and can force themselves to sit down and actually go through the material.
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