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Product details

  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; Pap/DVD edition (4 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470943351
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470943359
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.4 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,423,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

Learn to program with Visual Basic from an expert

As a well–known authority on Microsoft programming, Rod Stephens has developed a clear and compelling approach to teaching programming languages. With this book–and–video package, he applies his skills by showing you how to use Visual Basic to build robust software applications. Assuming little or no programming experience, the self–paced lessons with step–by–step instructions teach you the concepts and techniques of programming with Visual Basic. The tutorials on the DVD reinforce learning, helping you to quickly master the skills required for effective Visual Basic programming.

Stephens′ Visual Basic Programming 24–Hour Trainer:

  • Shows you how to read and write files and interact with databases

  • Explains how to write, debug, and run desktop applications that interact with the user and the computer

  • Looks at ways to perform calculations, manipulate files and strings, and produce printouts

  • Details how to use the Entity Framework to manipulate databases

  • Describes Visual Basic′s most useful controls and explains how to add them to forms, set their properties, and interact with them in code

  • Shows you how to use LINQ to Objects to perform complex queries of data without a lot of complicated code

Wrox guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think. Written by programmers for programmers, they provide a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.

On the DVD

Don′t just learn do!

The lessons within the book are each accompanied by an instructional demonstration on the DVD hours of video tutorials!

You′ll learn to:

  • Get started with the Visual Studio integrated development environment

  • Use variables and perform calculations

  • Debug code and reuse code with procedures

  • Define class methods and events

  • Make menus, tool strips, and status strips

  • Create and display new forms

  • Build custom dialogs

  • Use arrays and collections

  • Handle errors and prevent bugs

  • Make generic classes

  • Use inheritance and polymorphism

About the Author

Rod Stephens is a Microsoft MVP and the author of more than 20 books and 250 articles on Visual Basic, C#, Java, and other programming topics. He is a regular contributor to DevX and the author of the bestselling Visual Basic Programmer′s Reference.

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I do not normally post reviews however, this book was terrible. It advertised its self as a beginners book but was far from it.

It went through the steps of how to set things up but the lack of explanation and instruction left me lost.

An absolute waste of time and money. Hopefully this review will save someone else both.
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This is an excellent book for any one wanting to learn VB .Net or for someone moving from VB6 to .Net.

The book is organised into 39 chapters each chapter dealing with a separate topic such as variables, procedures, arrays, classes, using files etc. Each chapter has an overview and explanation with a Try it out and some exercises and also has a video lesson on the DVD for each topic.

I found the chapters easy to read and the explanations clear and understandable and was surprised at the amount of material covered. The code examples are also clearly written.

I am not a fan of video learning, but I really enjoyed the chapters' videos and they really help to explain and reinforce the topic being covered. They go at good pace and are not laboured and seeing the author code gives a good insight into using visual studio's programming IDE and on the way you learn not only about coding, but tips regarding laying out controls and how to attempt to recover if the IDE gets confused.

As well as basic programming the book also covers topics such as getting started with the IDE, handling errors, debugging code and the last two chapters have an overview of some of Microsoft's latest innovations of LINQ and the Entity Framework. The author also has some suggestions regarding code naming conventions

The book also has two useful appendices appendix A is a Glossary of Visual Basic terms and appendix B is a useful summary of the various controls in the toolbox.

I am sure if you take the time to work through the chapters and videos you will get good grounding in Visual Basic .Net and learn how to write clear code.

Overall a great book to learn from and if you get stuck the author even offers if you email him that he will try and assist you.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for non-programmers to learn VB 22 May 2013
By Christine Long - Published on Amazon.com
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I was taking a college course on Visual Basic 2010 and my text book read like the code I was supposed to be learning. With Visual Basic being my first programming language, I wasn't learning anything from the text book.

Rod Stephens' book has helped me learn Visual Basic in a way that my text book couldn't. Now, when I do my class labs, I can add extra features that I learned with Rod Stephens' help!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Booted Me Up Into Visual Studio 2010 24 Feb. 2014
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I am an experienced VBA software developer in the world of Microsoft Excel and Access and own my own company ---Logicwurks, LLC ([...]) in Eugene, Oregon. I previously made several attempts to learn Visual Studio 2010 using other texts, but found them either too long and detailed or too esoteric. This solid guide took me step by step into the world of Visual Studio development, which is quite different than the VBA behind Excel and Access. The learning method that worked best for me was to read a chapter and then watch the video for that chapter. Using both text and video, I was able to complete the "Try It" examples in the book. In a couple of cases, I opened up the "already solved" examples... either to refine my understanding of a particular feature in VB, or to compare my code to what Rod presented.

I was surprised at how quickly I learned how to create forms and do calculations. The form objects in Visual Studio (textboxes, combo boxes, etc) are very feature-rich.

Rod has a great way of logically stepping through each stage of the development process. Learning Visual Studio requires study and practice, but having this book as my roadmap has made it a pleasant journey. I had one question where I needed some advice, and I emailed the author. To my surprise, he responded the same day and was VERY helpful.

I highly recommend this book to the serious developer.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Logically Laid Out 11 Jun. 2013
By T. Betz - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book after spending a couple months reading and completing the exercises in Beginning Visual Basic 2012 by Bryan Newsome. In my opinion, Stephens book is MUCH clearer to understand and easier to build upon than the Newsome book. Granted, I was helped by the fact that this is my second book rather than my first, but my main problem with the other publication is that it has you do the coding BEFORE explaining how the programming operates, meaning you essentially type the code rote without a concrete understanding of how it functions. Stephens takes a more logical approach by explaining the code first, in more simple language, before having you implement it so that by the time you get to actually typing code, you are solidifying your understanding. He also does a better job of explaining what each code snippet means and gives it appropriate context while logically building one lesson on another. Both books have their place (Newsome's seems to cover more topics, although I haven't finished Stephens yet so I may be wrong) but overall I wish I would have purchased this book first.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learning Visual Basic - 24 Hour Trainer 7 Aug. 2012
By J. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
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Stephens' Visual Basic Programming 24-Hour Trainer (Wrox Programmer to Programmer)

Rod Stephens has written an excellent and much needed book on Visual Basic Programming. There are a myriad of books on the topic directed at folks with limited formal training but Stephen's book adds in the "View it" portion that most beginning books lack. This visual, see how the actual step by step programming takes place in the Visual Studio desktop is critical in learning. First you read it, then you view it and then you practice it. This is accomplished by including a DVD with the book that demonstrates the programming on 30+ examples corresponding to the same number of chapters in the book.

Because of this approach the book is able to tackle some of the Visual Basic Programming topics that are only glossed over in many of the beginning books. If you are like me and not an IT professional (and don't aspire to be one), I think you'll find this book helpful in gaining a better grasp of what VB can do in making business applications more efficient and robust.

This was the second book on Visual Basic that I tackled. The previous "beginner" book made this one easier to understand. I would encourage those interested in learning VB to follow the same path; start with a basic book and then read "24-Hour Trainer" to enhance your understanding. I would be negligent if I did not call out another feature that really sets this book apart from the herd: namely, personal help through the Wrox website. There were a few problems that I simply could not figure out and when I posted my "roadblocks" on the Wrox forum for this book they were answered very quickly in plain English by the author himself! It doesn't get any better than that! How many times have you posted a problem on a public forum only to have some propeller head give you an answer dripping in formalistic geek speak that only another IT mystic could decipher. And then chide you for wasting their time or not expressing your problem in the correct syntax or formalism. Not so with Wrox forums, very helpful.

Cut to the chase: if you've dabbled in VB or VBA and you are looking to see a bit more, get this book and DVD. You will have made an excellent choice.

J. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars GET THIS BOOK!!! 8 Nov. 2016
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I LOVE this book! I heartily recommend it to anyone who wants to learn how to program in VB.net! I have experience with other languages but this book will take you by the hand and guide you step by step. One reviewer complained that the book was not designed to be used apart from the computer - to me that is a strength of the book - how else can you learn without hands-on usage? The video lessons are invaluable - sometimes you can get stuck on a problem... here, the author himself SHOWS you how to do it. Also, I had a question early on so I emailed the author. Mr. Stephens answered back right away with not only a helpful reply, but offered alternate solutions. I look forward to the next level book from this author. Enjoy!
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