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.
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.
I could only tolerate about an hour of this torture before I finally gave up on it.
Once again DV Press has produced a solid title that satisfies the .Net needs of the development community! If you are brand new to VB.Net this DVD is for you. The product also has enough information in it to be quite useful for more experienced developers as well! I personally found the event handling, conditional code compilation, and a few other key areas to entail some knowledge that I did not previously have.
IF YOU WANT TO LEARN VB.NET, "CONGRATS", BECAUSE YOUR ABOUT TO!
Senior Software Engineer
Advanced Information Services
US Govt. Division
You'll learn more then just basic things. After going through all the lessons you'll be able to program a real life applications. The most important thing is not to skip any lesson because in each one you'll find some great tips. I have programed more then a few application but some of the tips were very usefull even for me.
DV Press has done a great job on content presentation. Rick Dobson's style of presenting material is superb. There is NO book that could explain this material better then this DVD.
I can't wait to get my hands on upcoming ASP.NET DVD...
The voices was low, just like the teacher was talking into a bucket (think they compressed it too much) a metallic sound. Between the teaching it was an "music" that was just like an alarm bell, that was really hight volume. May the purpose of this is to wake up the student??
This made it really hard to follow the classes for an foreigner. But it was ok when you saw it a couple of times and understood what he was saying.
Cheap, but not really good