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  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (25 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735672989
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735672987
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 325,777 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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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Lewis on 21 Feb. 2013
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This book makes a start on bringing up to date VB6 programmers. It is at a beginners level and very logically laid out.

As an old VB6 programmer, I would have thought that Microsoft would have put out a multitude of books about programming Windows 8 after it's release in October 2012.

Instead we are enthusiastically told by MS that you can "program in your favorite language C#, C++, VB, HTML" to write Windows 8 programs. Yeah right as long as it is C#. Nothing much for VB programmers. Why throw all that easily convertible legacy code away, and start from almost scratch again?

Microsoft investors are asking why aren't people buying Windows 8 Machines, phones, tablets in great numbers? and the answer must be that the Metro type apps are NOT as good as the desktop apps (mainly by VB programmers) that preceded them.

My cynical mind thinks that Microsoft are poking their VB.NET developers in the eye to try get Android and IOS developers to switch sides (No chance) by favoring a "C" language and throwing their army of faithful VB.NET developers under the bus.

Thanks Microsoft. I'll throw away all the code and formulas I've built up over the years

I'm afraid it will be years before there are enough programmers fluent in C# (the favored language) to produce the apps that will make Microsoft Windows 8 popular with the consumer.

Silly reasoning from Microsoft when there is an army of VB programmers that just need a little help to get started on the new system.

We need more Books on programming for Windows 8 Machines, phones, tablets in VB.NET 2012 and this one is a great start.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Not bad... not bad at all 25 April 2013
By M. Bauer - Published on Amazon.com
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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).
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Essential for learning Windows 8 App Development 22 Feb. 2013
By Astro - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As an app developer, this book really shortened the learning curve for me. I found it particularly useful for building my core VB development skills, learning Windows 8 design principles, XAML markup, and what is required for app distribution via the Windows Store. While extremely technical, Halvorson treats me like I'm intelligent and teaches the concepts from the beginning - very helpful!! Get this book and you will build the skills you need for Visual Basic 2012 in the context of Windows 8 and Windows store programming. It's good to see that Halvorson continues to update his VB book. I have two older versions - and he knows his stuff!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Book for Beginners 22 Sept. 2013
By Lone Wolf - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent Book for Beginners - If you want a thorough understanding of the Visual Studio/Visual Basic 2012 Environment, this book is for you!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Where To Download Visual Basic 2012 Express and Project Files 13 Nov. 2014
By anthony - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I really enjoy this book. I have just started reading it and I have been able to follow the instructions very easily. However some people may have trouble locating where to download Visual Basic 2012 for Windows 8, because the web address in the book is invalid.

This is the correct address.

Visual Basic 2012 Express for Windows 8: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30664

Project Files: https://www.microsoftpressstore.com/store/start-here-learn-microsoft-visual-basic-2012-9780735672987#downloads
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Nice starter for VB2012 22 Feb. 2013
By Strangequark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Difficult to read some of the program text on Kindle Touch but using PC reader works fine. Since I open it on one screen while programming on another it actually works well. Examples are pretty easy to follow. The VB2012 presents a significant expansion of programming abilities especially doing apps for windows 8.
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