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Positioned just above the absolute beginner,
This review is from: Visual Basic 2005 Programmer's Reference (Paperback)
This book is positioned somewhere between Beginner and Intermediate. It begins with Visual Studio's integrated development environment (ICE). If you've programed in something before, most of the concepts of the IDE and of the language itself will make sense to you and allow you to become productive quickly. I don't think it would matter which language you have used, just being a bit familiar with the programming concept is enough.
The book begins with a fairly quick overview or introduction to the IDE, the language and an introduction to programming. This lasts about a third of the book, maybe a bit more. At the end of this time you will have a good overview of the language. Part II of the book covers object oriented concepts, classes, structures, namespaces, collection classes, generics. Part III is called graphics, but it also includes things like printing and producing reports using Crystal Reports. Part IV is called Interacting with the Environment and is on using external resources such as the system registry, files, streaming data and so on. By the end of Part IV, you will be a fairly accomplished programmer.
The last third of the book is a series of appendicies. These provide a concise reference book for the language. This is a convenient way to combine the tutorial approach with the reference book approach that will give the book greater usefulness as you actually work in the language.