Sams Teach Yourself Visual Basic.Net in 21 Days Paperback – 29 Nov 2001
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Sams Teach Yourself Visual Basic.NET in 21 Days provides readers with 21 structured lessons with step-by-step guidance to real-world tasks. Each chapter also contains exercises that reinforce the lessons learned in each chapter. Tips, Notes, and Cautions provide additional advice from the authors on how to get up-to-speed and programming quickly with Visual Basic.NET.
About the Author
Duncan Mackenzie is an MCSD, MCSE, and MCT who works for the MSDN (http://msdn.microsoft.com) group at Microsoft out of Redmond, Washington. He is an excited Visual Basic .NET programmer who has an annoying habit of writing the occasional article. Duncan also has been active as a Visual Basic trainer and has taught many courses ranging from intermediate to advanced VB programming. Duncan has written and collaborated on a number of books on Microsoft technologies, including Platinum Edition Using Visual Basic 6.0 and Word 2000 VBA Programmer's Reference. He also speaks at many conferences focused on Microsoft development.
Kent Sharkey is an MCSD, MCSE, MCT, and MCP+SB. He currently works at Microsoft as a Technical Evangelist within its .NET Solutions Group, his current assignment being the .NET Framework and Visual Studio .NET. Before joining Microsoft, Kent had many years of experience as a trainer and consultant, concentrating on architecting and writing n-tier applications using Visual Basic. He has written and collaborated on a number of books on Visual Basic, including MCSD Fast Track: Visual Basic Exam 70 Ð175; MCSD Fast Track: Visual Basic Exam 70 Ð176; MCSD Fast Track: 4 in 1; and Beginning Visual Basic 6.0 Application Development. He is a regular speaker at various developer conferences focused on Microsoft development.See all Product Description
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I have read it cover to cover in about a week and I now feel prepared to venture into what was the complete unknown.
The code samples are good and in most cases the authors do a line by line analysis which can be very useful.
I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to make a quick and easy leap from VB5/6 to VB.NET.
I found most of the chapters useful but especially enlightening were the ones on Object Orientated Programming and ADO.NET.
I've found some books passed over some of the basics of new OO techniques available in .NET too quickly and left me a little bit stumped.
Basically this books gives you the basic information quickly and easily so that you can get started asap.
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I totally agree that the code samples are weak... I'm only on day three and have found examples that just simply DON'T do what the book says they will... But I'm still going to read it for the narrative, and then get another, more training oriented book for learning the IDE's ins and outs.
In general, I think that, by the end of the book, most significant topics are covered adequately for an intro text. Projects are generally suitable for the material, and sometimes clever. (As usual, there are a few typos and ordinary errors, but anyone beyond the novice level will be able to spot them and run the code.) As of early March 2002, the code listings are available for download from the Sams website.
WEAKNESSES: Some of the chapters seem out of sequence. Chapter 5, "Application Architecture in .Net," belongs in a different book. There are a few slips, like using the "Set" keyword for object assignment in one of the listings. Another problem, resulting from Microsoft's waffling in the betas, is that the discussion on array dimensions reflects the early beta version, in which the array dimension is the number of elements (instead of the upper bound), rather than the release version (in which the dimension is the upper bound). While the book is a good start, it is by no means comprehensive. (You'll need to go to "Teach Yourself MORE VB.Net in 21 Days.") I think the most glaring weaknesses are the shortage of hands-on code in the first seven chapters, and the emphasis on console applications to illustrate early concepts. While console apps are expedient for an experienced programmer, it leaves novices wondering if they're studying the right language.
STRENGTHS: For a VB6 programmer moving to .Net, this is the first book I've seen that presents enough plain vanilla code to calm their .Net jitters. Most of the other texts, such as Dan Appleman's excellent book, "Moving to VB.Net" spend so much effort on the advanced features in .Net that an experienced programmer is led to believe that learning .Net is like having to learn Klingon syntax. Mackenzie and Sharkey show its kinder side. The last seven chapters are particularly well written. I should also add that this book seems better focused than its predecessor, "TY VB6 in 21 Days".
CONCLUSION: A fairly decent intro for experienced VB6 programmers. A novice can get through this, but it may burn quite a few calories.
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