This book is a great start. I had experience with VBA but not with VB nor with Visual Studio. The book gets you up to speed to start with Visual Studio and VB. The coding examples rae sometimes a bit light, but still they helped. The chapter regarding working with a database left me still with a lot of questions. Therfore I purchased a separate book regarding ADO.NET. But still it was fun to go through this book and make the proposed execises.
This book was certainly great when it was first published. Unfortunately, it is outdated. Still I learned quite some interesting techniques. It would be great to have an adapted updated version of this book.