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Beginning VB 2008

From Novice to Professional

By Christian Gross

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Christian Gross will walk you through everything you need to know in order to feel at home in the VB 2008 coding environment.

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  • ISBN13: 978-1-59059-938-9
  • 450 Pages
  • User Level: Beginner to Advanced
  • Publication Date: February 6, 2008
  • Available eBook Formats: PDF

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This book is for anyone who wants to write good Visual Basic 2008 code, even if you have never programmed before.

Writing good code can be a challenge, there are so many options, especially in a language like Visual Basic. If you want to really get the best from a programming language you need to know which features work best in which situations and understand their strengths and weaknesses. It is this understanding that makes the difference between coding and coding well.

Beginning VB 2008 has been written to teach you how to use the Visual Basic programming language to solve problems. From the earliest chapters, and from the first introductory concepts, you'll be looking at real-world programming challenges and learning how Visual Basic can be used to overcome them. As you progress through the book the problems become more involved and interesting while the solutions become correspondingly more complex and powerful as Visual Basic features interact to achieve the results that you want.

By the time you've finished reading this book and worked through the sample exercises, you'll be a confident and very competent Visual Basic programmer. You will still have many explorations of the .NET Framework API to look forward to in your future career, but you will have a firm foundation to build from and you will know exactly where to go to find the things that you need to progress confidently in your projects.

Christian Gross is dedicated to helping his readers understand every detail of Beginning VB 2008. You can contact him via Skype (christianhgross) if you have bought this book and have a question about something Christian discusses. If Christian is available when you contact him, he will even try to answer you right away!

What you’ll learn

  • Become skilled in the Visual Basic 2008 programming language
  • Learn everything you need to begin building your own applications in a solid, well–considered way: this book will teach you .NET coding from the ground up
  • Use the Visual Studio IDE to create, debug, and deploy your applications
  • Understand the mysteries of database access and the many ways that it can be accomplished from VB
  • Delve deeply into the huge range of supporting technologies that the .NET Framework offers: LINQ, ASP.NET AJAX, ADO.NET 3.0, WPF, WCF, and Windows Workflow are all introduced and explained in a straightforward and easy-to-follow way

Who this book is for

This book is for anyone who’s just starting out to learn about Visual Basic 2008. It doesn’t assume any prior knowledge of object–oriented programming, of the .NET Framework, or of coding in general. It simply assumes that you’re an intelligent person who wants to learn and starts the journey from there.

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If you think that you've found an error in this book, please let us know by emailing to editorial@apress.com . You will find any confirmed erratum below, so you can check if your concern has already been addressed.

On page 22:
I am unable to find the answers to the end of chapter questions. They don't appear to be on this site as indicated in the book.

On page 37:
Dim result As Integer = Operations.Add(1, 2)
If (total <> 3) Then
Console.WriteLine("Oops 1 and 2 does not equal 3")
End If
End Sub
Sub Main()
End Sub

On page 37:
The source code includes a variable called "result" which contains the addition of two numbers. Then this variable would have to use in the loop if but the name of the variable is "total" instead of result.


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