A pure intro into VB 2012 with Windows 8 app XAML development in mind. With this book, I was able to catch up to speed VERY quickly, considering I haven't done much of any "serious" programming since the old VS6 days. The chapters are short, easy to read, easy to grasp, get right to the point, and provide small workable examples. I can now easily navigate around the IDE, write decent small apps on my own, and move on to more advanced books without tilting my head in question wondering what happened. I'm so thankful I wasn't persuaded into having to write another "Hello World" app as an introduction to "Writing Your First Application" ...followed by "See, wasn't that easy?" That kind of crap is a waste of time and paper in my opinion, but who am I? Anyway, thanks for keeping it real Michael Halvorson. The book is small... like just over 330 pages kind of small. So naturally, it doesn't dive too deeply into any of the nitty-gritty stuff. Just the basic need to know stuff, or in my case, a reference to compare how code was written years back to how it is now. I would have liked for it to have more details of data storage (reading/writing Application Data and binding perhaps), but does lightly touch on LINQ and XML files... implementing them in a functioning example app near the end of the book before going into the building and deployment of the Windows 8 store app.
To sum up, this book is VERY basic and does a great job bridging the gaps for old programmers stuck in their stubborn archaic ways, or for the true beginner wanting their first run at programming a Windows 8 app. I'm ready to jump into some advanced stuff now. Four stars for being just what I needed to get started. A bit more extensive... especially near the end, and I'd have easily tossed in the remaining star. Oh, I snagged the Kindle version first. Liking the first 1/4 of the ebook so much, I bought it in print. Prob didn't need to as I was having no issues viewing it on my tablet's reader. I just prefer reference-ish books in print (it's the whole looking stuff up & flipping around from front to back thing).