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Sams Teach Yourself Visual Studio.NET in 21 Days [Paperback]

Jason Beres
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14 Jan 2003 Sams Teach Yourself

Sams Teach Yourself Visual Studio .NET in 21 Days will help developers that are new to application development and experienced developers understand how to use the .NET Framework and Visual Studio .NET to rapidly develop any type of computer application. The Visual Studio .NET development environment is the most comprehensive developer tool ever created, putting that together with the .NET Frameworks' Class Libraries, the developer has everything he or she needs to get up-to-speed on Microsoft's latest revolution in application development. This book will guide the developer through using the VS .NET IDE, the Visual Basic .NET and C# language, and the supporting tools available from Microsoft to create Windows and Web-based applications. The market is full of books that pretty much say the same thing, which is already available in the help files, the author of this book has written and deployed over a dozen successful applications using Visual Studio .NET and the .NET Framework. All of his expertise and experience is used to give you the most comprehensive title on using Visual Studio .NET.


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  • Paperback: 696 pages
  • Publisher: Sams; 1 edition (14 Jan 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672324210
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672324215
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 18.2 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,691,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sams Teach Yourself Visual Studio .NET in 21 Days will help developers that are new to application development and experienced developers understand how to use the .NET Framework and Visual Studio .NET to rapidly develop any type of computer application. The Visual Studio .NET development environment is the most comprehensive developer tool ever created, putting that together with the .NET Frameworks' Class Libraries, the developer has everything he or she needs to get up-to-speed on Microsoft's latest revolution in application development. This book will guide the developer through using the VS .NET IDE, the Visual Basic .NET and C# language, and the supporting tools available from Microsoft to create Windows and Web-based applications. The market is full of books that pretty much say the same thing, which is already available in the help files, the author of this book has written and deployed over a dozen successful applications using Visual Studio .NET and the .NET Framework. All of his expertise and experience is used to give you the most comprehensive title on using Visual Studio .NET.

About the Author

Jason Beres is a .NET Architect and .NET Evangelist for Computer Ways, Inc., a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner located in Deerfield Beach, Florida. Before devoting his existence to .NET, Jason taught Visual Basic and Windows DNA at a Microsoft CTEC. Jason helped initiate the Florida .NET Users Group to evangelize .NET. Jason founded the Non-Profit Ways community that enables developers write .NET applications for non-profit charities that would otherwise not be able to afford the technology and so developers can write real world .NET applications.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I set aside 21 days to learn C#/.NET using this book as a source; bad idea. It started off well but I soon realised it's absolutely ridden with mistakes, including errors in the code and at least one completely missing code sample. Of course, if you fail to finish a chapter because you can't get round the problems, then you won't have all the necessary knowledge for when the topic arises again, so you don't finish *that* chapter...and so on. Obviously the proof-readers for this one were looking to get down the pub early.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a useless book! 1 Dec 2004
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Oh dear, where to begin with this book. I'm a novice at programming (before this book I'd only done some C++) so was hoping this book would help get me up to speed in .NET. Unfortunately it was a huge dissapointment.
Firstly in the blurb it states that you don't have to have any previous knowledge of a programming language, but then continually throughout the book it assumes you are proficient in Visual Basic 6. The structure of the book is complete trash, you only learn about declaring variables on day 8 yet on day 4 you were writing and deploying applications. The author has the cheek to state that if you copy his examples exactly you will receive no probelems, that would be a complete lie as several of his examples need to be edited to work. And my final critisism is that the author states that he has help files and examples on his website which are required for some of the exercises in the book, oh yeah this website doesn't exist and from other users comments I don't think it has ever existed.
So in summary I wouldn't recommend anyone buying this book apart from someone who wanted to inflict misery upon themselves. Come to think, of it based on this book I wouldn't recommend anyone buy a any book by this author "Jason Beres".
If you are a beginner and need a good starting place I recommend the "...In Easy Steps" series of books. They are to follow yet very informative.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Gives a good coverage of visual studio .The review says that you can find everything in it, in the help files .Good luck.
Searching 1.5Gig. of help files and going of in hyperlinks and getting lost is a thankless process. If you want to learn visual Studio in a reasonable and painless period of time .Get the book.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars misleading and filled with errors and the site is down 19 Nov 2004
By Philip Toews - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I just purchased Teach yourself Visual Studio .NET 2003 in 21 days from Amazon. In the introduction the book advertises itself as a book for novices: "nothing is taken for granted in any of the days"... this is clearly misleading as upon reading the book I have found that the content of the book is quite obviously targeted to experienced VB programmers who have previously built windows forms apps. As a professional teacher I am appalled at this ruse and at the instructional design of this book. I think it is misleading (read dishonest) to positionf this book as something for beginners. The lessons do not progress from simple to advanced as should be the case... but jump from beginner to advanced to intermediate in random order. For example.. object lifecycle is an intermediate concept that should be dealt with after a learner has mastered more basic ideas and yet it is covered on day three. This concept is covered at a MUCH later time in all the other tutorial materials I have purchased and seen. There are too many other examples of this haphazard approach to instruction to mention...

Instructional design flaws aside, I have found glaring errata. For example..Figure 3.14 shows a web form instead of "Multiple MDIchildren open in an MDIparent form". Most of the code samples imple don't work. Did anyone actually proofread this book before it went to press?

I have to say I was surprised to be disappointed this way. Sams usually provides much better books than this.

At any rate, I have resigned myself to simply using this book as a pointer, or introduction to things that can be done in Visual Studio. To this end I needed the code samples which were also advertised in the book.

I had hoped to gain access to the code samples and errata on the web site advertised by the author in the introduction: [...]

This address routes to a 403 error... I cannot go to the site. From looking at other reviews I see that many others have had the same problem.

Mr. Beres purports to be a .NET evangelist... he does a disservice to the .NET community by producing such misleading and flawed material and targetting it to beginners.

Bottom line... if you are an experienced programmer you'll find the flawed code samples frustrating and unprofessional. If you are a beginner you'll wish you hadn't wasted your money.
34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I should keep it to myself but you're bound to find out ... 6 April 2003
By Mark Twain - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book because I wanted to learn how to use the new IDE in Visual Studio.Net. I had just purchased ... VB.Net programming books and decided to purchase, "programming VB.NET: A Guide for Experienced Programmers" to come up to speed on Visual Basic syntax. So far I haven't been impressed with Gary Cornell's book. I can't put my finger on what's wrong with it but I wished I had spent more time broswing in the bookstore and less time being impulsive and believing all the glowing reviews. This book, "Visual Studio.NET 2003" however had been sitting on my shelf for weeks because I didn't believe it held the pertinent information I needed to get started with Visual Basic.NET, WRONG!

It has everything necessary to get an experienced programmer focused on what the capabilities of the .NET framework has to offer and how to use them; and as an added surprise side by side comparisons of VB.NET and C#.NET. Examples are given in both languages and you can decide for yourself which language is most appropriate for you. It wasn't written to teach you programming however it does give the core syntax for VB, C#, ASP, and ADO.NET.

It's very lucid and has a very good blend of graphics, prose and code examples. Simply stated, it's like going to a seminar to get targeted premium information without the associated costs of long winded boring presenters and high tuition, etc.

I recommend this book to anyone uncertain about which .NET language to use, and people who are new to the Visual Studio.NET IDE. I wouldn't recommend it for for Beginners, however it is an easy read for people who understand proggraming and have already written a program for general use.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cannot recommend this book 19 Feb 2006
By Carl Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Unfortunately, the code examples in this book are fraught with careless errors. What's the point of picking up a book to learn VS .Net if the code examples don't work? Moreover, the author's claim (p.3) of a website featuring code samples, fixes, and other helpful materials to supplement the book is simply untrue. That website ([...]) exists, but has nothing uploaded. I wasted many hours trying to get code examples to work before learning through Amazon.com Reviews that others have had the same problem. How disappointing.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The difference between knowing, and being able to teach ... 4 April 2006
By Wombat Ed - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This might be the book for you, if:

- you need a crash course in VS.Net,

- you're pretty well-versed in Visual Basic 6.0

- you're pretty good at filtering out irrelevant praise for the product

- you are willing to skim through examples, getting the jist of things without actually trying to make them work

- you can't find a more carefully-written crash-course book covering the same ground

Then again, if you're that good to begin with, you can probably learn VS.Net without a crash-course book.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money 31 Aug 2005
By A.C. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As other reviewers have pointed out, this book has a lot of mistakes in it. How sloppy does an author/publisher have to be to put out a beginner's book where many of the examples don't work? It's a lot easier and more effective to learn this material by using the documentation that comes with Visual Studio.
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