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  • Paperback: 744 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (14 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118311817
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118311813
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 3.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dive into the exciting world of Visual Basic programming

Whether you want to create desktop programs, build web applications, or develop your own Windows 8 Apps, Visual Basic 2012 gets you there, and this book shows you how. With the help of step–by–step tasks and sample code, you′ll be programming your first Visual Basic applications in no time. You′ll gain a solid understanding of the language and progress to more advanced topics that take your skills to the next level. With your improved skill set, you′ll be amazed by the solutions you can create.

Beginning Visual Basic 2012:

  • Takes you through the basics of writing software and controlling the flow of the program
  • Describes how to work with data structures, use XAML, and build Windows® applications
  • Covers debugging and the use of structured error handling
  • Shows how to build class libraries, use strong names, and register assemblies
  • Discusses database programming with SQL Server® and ADO.NET
  • Explores the basic components of web applications and dives into building websites
  • Examines the new style for developing Windows 8 touch applications

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Bryan Newsome works as a senior programmer and analyst specializing in Microsoft solutions. He provides clients with solutions and mentoring on leading–edge Microsoft technologies. Bryan is a Microsoft Certified Application Developer for VB.NET.


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By Francisco Pereira on 7 Jan. 2015
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Does the job it should do and well. And that is what you want on a book on this not very romantic subject.
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Great book for beginners 28 Dec. 2012
By Madscientist - Published on Amazon.com
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I am helping someone who is taking a course in school on VB 2012 and the course textbook is very bad. This book has helped him fill in those gaps very nicely. It is a good resource to get started writing applications for Windows and then move on to more challenging topics. This book presents the language in a way that is very easy to understand for beginners. Visual Basic in the NET platform has a reputation for being a "toy" language. It is not. The reasons for that are mostly historical (from the days of Visual Basic 6) and have no technical basis and are not grounded in fact. I have used C# extensively and I will say that VB in the NET platform is just as powerful. There is nothing you can do in C# that you cannot do in Visual Basic (and vice versa, of course). Visual Basic in the NET platform does not suffer from the same weaknesses as the older generation of Visual Basic languages. It is an extremely powerful language for programming applications for Windows (and web appliciations as well). If you are programming for the Windows platform, VB 2012 is a great language to work with. You will be up and running in no time and this book is a nice resource if you are just starting out. Highly recommended.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A very well written tutorial book 21 Mar. 2013
By BoliviaB - Published on Amazon.com
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Ive have only had this book a couple of days (bought kindle version) and purchase it with the aim of learning Visual Basic to a standard that I can start to write some functional applications for my businesses. Im from an IT background but not programming or development, so have a basic understanding of programming anyway and have dabbled in the past so im not an absolute beginner but felt i needed to go through everything from the beginning with VB to ensure I will get things correct. So im already familiar with lots of concepts like variables, arrays, looping, operators, strings etc etc - all the basics, but I enjoyed going through the first chapters on these all the same as the writing style and the numerous "Try it Out" sections help keep things hands on which I find more interesting and by typing out the code on a regular basis it helps cement everything in my brain a little better and also get used to the visual studio environment. Im just 4 chapters in and feel quite at home in the VBS application.
The author manages to explain each concept very clearly and each section is structured in a way that it builds bit by bit of the previous examples very well. There are a couple of small errors in the book I have spotted so far but nothing major and nothing that has impeded my progress in anyway. The details level is perfect for me also as whilst it starts of with beginners concepts it doesnt shy away from visiting more technical areas which i find interesting/ For example the chapter on .NET touches on things that most beginners books wouldnt bother and there is also some foundation material binary , memory access etc - all stuff i already knew but I learnt a long time ago so a quick refresher did no harm and Im sure it is useful for those who have never learnt it in the past.

So whilst im only just 17% through Im giving this a good review already - i will probably update my review when I have been through the book to add more detail - but so far very good and recommended.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Perfect book for starting out with Visual Basic 28 Aug. 2013
By anonymous - Published on Amazon.com
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This is required reading for a programming course I am taking. I've never looked at any Visual Basic books before, but I have done work with Java and HTML 5. I am still very much the beginner who has always been interested in programming, but found it a little scary. This book has made learning a programming language seem easier than any other I have seen, I keep asking myself if that's all there is too it. You're given examples of programming code to type which illustrate the concept the book is trying to teach. What the code is going to do is stated, then the code is given, each part of the code includes comments which explain what the section you are typing is going to do, last there is a subheading which explains why it works and is more detailed on exactly why the code typed does what is suppose to do.

It isn't a book for someone who is already is proficient in Visual Basic 2012 and is looking for long lists of coding. It is a book for someone who wants to learn Visual Basic for the first time.

I also enjoy the author's sense of humor. At one point in the beginning he talks about typing the coding in an application such as notepad instead of using the free Microsoft download of Visual Studio Express. He compares in to pounding a nail in using your shoe instead of a hammer. As someone who has used many objects other than a hammer to pound nails, I particularly appreciate the illustration and caused me to rethink my intention of using notepad. I do digress, but it's the first time I've found humor in any of the programming books that I've read.

Anyway highly recommended for anyone looking to learn Visual Basic 2012 for the first time.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding Visual Basic .NET 2012 Book for the Beginner 27 Dec. 2013
By Hugh - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a great starter book for those people interested in getting into the dot Net world of programming using Visual Basic. VB has come a long way from years past, and this book's author is definitely well versed in the subject. He takes the reader thru the basics of the VB language, creating very simple projects (programs) that are used to build upon. He also introduces the world of Microsoft's dot Net programming environment and blends the two together. If you think you are interested in programming and don't really have a clue as to where to start, I would recommend this book. The author not only introduces the VB programming language, but also explains a lot of concepts that are applicable to most other programming languages.
Great for new programmers. 30 Nov. 2013
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I was looking for a good book to teach me Visual Basic and this is a great buy. Great purchase for anyone looking to learn a new programming language or even if this is your first! The author make sure to not only explain how to accomplish certain tasks but also explains how the code works. Several sections build on one another, expanding on ideas as you go along.

If you've done any programming in the past or already work with another language this may feel like it's a little slow moving because the author repeats some information to make sure you understand and explains some details that may seem intuitive to someone who already works with code. It's easy to skip around though once you learn which subsections contain the meat of the lesson.
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