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5.0 out of 5 stars Takes the fear out of .NET, 31 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Microsoft® Visual Basic® 2010 Step by Step (Step by Step (Microsoft)) (Paperback)
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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Initial post: 6 Sep 2011 20:14:02 BDT
lynz says:
christopher what software/ spec do i need to run this?

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Sep 2011 21:50:35 BDT
Hi lynz, all you need is Visual Studio 2010 Express edition and Microsoft Access runtime. Both these are free and the book tells you where to download them from. As for spec, whatever you have will probably do as long as it's not something daft like a nettop. I used a six year old desktop running XP; AMD 2.2 GHz, 3 Gb RAM to be precise.
Have fun
Chris

Posted on 28 Nov 2011 13:06:27 GMT
S. J. Clark says:
What were the two books that you didn't get on with? My 8 year old is showing an interest and I want to learn alongside him, so I'm looking for a simple book.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Nov 2011 13:48:07 GMT
Hello Mr Clark. Gordon Bennett, an eight year old programmer! I feel ancient. The two books I alluded to are probably obsolete now as they are based on the 2005 edition of Visual Studio, but for your info they are Visual Basic 2005 Express Edition Starter Kit (Wrox) by Andrew Parsons and Visual Basic 2005 (No Starch Press) by Matthew MacDonald. The Wrox book is the one with the missing web links. It is also presented in a cramped layout on greyish paper which does little to motivate the learner. The No Starch Press book is the theoretician's delight. One for beard-stroking geeks in my opinion.
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