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Microsoft Visual Basic 2008 Step by Step

Microsoft Visual Basic 2008 Step by Step

Author: Michael Halvorson
Publisher: Microsoft Press


 I found this to be an excellent book for beginners to Visual Basic 2008. As the title states, this book takes you "step by step" through all aspects of Visual Basic 2008. It assumes no prior programming experience with Visual Basic. The book was designed with a variety of skill levels in mind so that new programmers can learn software development fundamentals using real world applications and experienced Visual Basic programmers can quickly master the essential tools and programming techniques offered in the new Visual Basic 2008 version.

The book starts off slowly by showing the reader how to create their first simple Visual Basic 2008 program. This helps to build confidence and quickly familiarize the reader with the Visual Basic environment. The book is well organized and divided into various parts, such as, creating the user interface, database programming, internet programming using ASP.NET, object oriented programming, and more. Each of these parts is clearly presented with plenty of sample code and screen shots.

I highly recommend this book for all beginners to Visual Basic. Check out other reviews at Amazon.com. They are all excellent.

Table of Contents

Part I Getting Started with Microsoft Visual Basic 2008

Chapter 1 Exploring the Visual Studio Integrated Development Environment
Chapter 2 Writing Your First Program
Chapter 3 Working with Toolbox Controls
Chapter 4 Working with Menus, Toolbars, and Dialog Boxes

Part II Programming Fundamentals

Chapter 5 Visual Basic Variables and Formulas, and the .NET Framework
Chatper 6 Using Decision Structures
Chapter 7 Using Loops and Timers
Chapter 8 Debugging Visual Basic Programs
Chapter 9 Trapping Errors by Using Structured Error Handling
Chatper 10 Creating Modules and Procedures
Chapter 11 Using Arrays to Manage Numeric and String Data
Chapter 12 Working with Collections and the System.Collections Namespace
Chapter 13 Exploring Text Files and String Processing

Part III Designing the User Interface

Chapter 14 Managing Windows Forms and Controls at Run Time
Chapter 15 Adding Graphics and Animation Effects
Chapter 16 Inheriting Forms and Creating Base Classes
Chapter 17 Working with Printers

Part IV Database and Web Programming

Chapter 18 Getting Started with ADO.NET
Chapter 19 Data Presentation Using the DataGridView Control
Chapter 20 Creating Web Sites and Web Pages ASP.NET


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