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Microsoft® Visual Basic® 2010 Step by Step (Step by Step (Microsoft)) [Paperback]

Michael Halvorson
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Book Description

10 May 2010 0735626693 978-0735626690 1

Your hands-on, step-by-step guide to learning Visual Basic® 2010.

Teach yourself the essential tools and techniques for Visual Basic® 2010-one step at a time. No matter what your skill level, you'll find the practical guidance and examples you need to start building professional applications for Windows® and the Web.

Discover how to:

  • Work in the Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2010 Integrated Development Environment (IDE)
  • Master essential techniques-from managing data and variables to using inheritance and dialog boxes
  • Create professional-looking UIs; add visual effects and print support
  • Build compelling Web features with the Visual Web Developer tool
  • Use Microsoft® ADO.NET and advanced data presentation controls
  • Debug your programs and handle run-time errors
  • Use new features, such as Query Builder, and Microsoft® .NET Framework
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Product details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (10 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735626693
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735626690
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 18.5 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Michael Halvorson has written more than 30 books, including the popular Microsoft Visual Basic 2008 Step by Step, Microsoft Office XP Inside Out, and Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Professional Step by Step. A former Visual Basic localization manager at Microsoft, Michael is a professor at Pacific Lutheran University.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes the fear out of .NET 31 Jan 2011
Buying this book was my third attempt at getting into a .NET version of Visual Basic. The first book was oversimplified (and the promised web links didn't exist); the second deluged me with so much object orientation theory right from the start that I got lost and quit the field. This Microsoft book I found comprehensible right from the start. The author suggests different study plans depending on previous experience. Those (like myself) coming from VB6 can (he says) skim read nine of the chapters. I decided to read all the chapters as a beginner and do all the exercises, mainly to practice using the Integrated Development Environment. At no point did I get lost. The author tells you exactly what to do, and in any case the solution code for the exercises is backed up on the CD. Just as importantly, I never felt overwhelmed by theory. I think the author appreciates most people can only take in so much at a time. He introduces concepts like inheritance gently, without unnecessary complication.

Having finished the book I feel ready to start programming. I know from previous reading that there is a lot more to learn about object orientated VB (method overloading, constructors etc etc) but that can wait.

I only have the free (Express) version of Visual Studio 2010. There are one or two steps amongst the exercises that can't be done, or not easily, on the Express version. The author flags up when this is the case and it isn't a big problem. The main restriction is inheritance, which has to be done in a slightly roundabout way in Express (explained in the book).

One last point. Chapter 20 is on Visual Web Developer which is included with Visual Studio 2010, Express version included. Don't omit this chapter; this free webpage builder is worth a look.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic Book for any novice looking to either learn from scratch or looking to update their skills to Visual Studio 2010, the basics are easy to understand, the exercises are a great asset, in that if you want to start from scratch you can, if not , then, you can use the prebuilt projects.

These prebuilt projects are ideal for any complete novice just starting out down this track, or they are ideal for you to further manipulate at a later stage. When you get a little more experience rather than having to start from scratch you simply grab a completed finished project and start from there, the ground work is in place you just modify as required.

Great book
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 18 July 2013
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I Have bought this book to refresh myself on programming. Having learnt to program in many other languages I have always struggled with object orientated languages.
This book fails to teach this properly and although the examples are good and easy to follow I finished the book having to learn OO programming from google.
Too many things unexplained and if you are like me and need to understand everything in its entirety before you carry on to the next step, buy a different book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Useless 24 May 2013
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I found this book totally useless - I am in the process of updating a VB6 program that I wrote 12 yeasr ago to VBNET. Everytime I looked something up, it was was not even mentioned

I have now completed this update and found everything I needed via google although this was at times frusrating because there is so much misinformation on the web, but at least it was there. I had hoped that this book would avoid that hassle - it it didn't
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great for a beginner 4 Jan 2012
By Risto
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For a noice programmer interested in visual basic this is the perfect book. It is very clearly written, well structured, and somehow even non-boring even though we are talking about programming techniques.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Visual Basic 2010 (step by step) 6 Dec 2011
By Jo
Great book, I am currently studying programming at University.
I have found the book useful. Would reccomend any beginner
To programming to purchase this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 29 Jun 2014
By CB fan
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy VB 2010 24 Jun 2014
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i ordered this to brush up on my VB skills as I haven't used it for over 10 years. I found the book easy to follow and each chapter included a practical example.
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