Sams Teach Yourself Visual Basic .NET in 21 Days
||Author: Duncan Mackenzie, Kent Sharkey|
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Publisher: SAMS (29 November, 2001)
Sales Rank: 168,324
Average Customer Rating: 2.45 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 3 out of 5
Everything in its right place...
I understand why the people who wrote these other reviews were disappointed. But I don't think this book is useless. If you want a training manual for Visual Studio.NET, definitely go elsewhere. However, if you're like me, and you want to understand how the technologies came about, how they relate to each other, and how they fit into the grand scheme of things, don't write this book off too quickly. There are a lot of good narrative passages that have helped me over some basic humps.
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.
Rating: 4 out of 5
good starting book
ive read these reviews, and im not stupid, but im not exactly the smartest thing. The gripe about this book is the fact that the author gives code but does not explain where to put the code, that it because the author is just showing you what the code will look like. It's like lookin at a window display and realizing that thats just what it looks like, and not what it looks like in your house, i hope that helps, im a big fan of SAMS work, and i hope any beginner seriously buy this book
Rating: 1 out of 5
Not good at all
Just like the other reviewer noted, I got to day three and that's as far at it goes. The book lets you do a sample "hello world" program, and gives a small taste of using the IDE and then leaves you on your own with 600 more pages to go. The IDE example shows you how to make a button and a text box. You are not shown how to make them even somewhat functional however.
The book (seems) to be giving some examples. These examples are called code that the programmer would write. The book does not even explain where to write the code. I know that sounds impossible and you probably think that going back and re-reading the first 50 pages would give a clue...but it does not.
I am very happy to know that I'm not the only one who cannot go any further with this book because I felt like I was missing something. I now have a little faith in the reviewers at AMZN and will probably pick up one of the other VB.net books I find that is recommended.
I actually have some java programming experience and cannot use this book. Therefore I would expect it to be impossible for those who have absolutely no programming experience. I say that I'm happy to know that I'm not the only one who finds the book useless, but am very annoyed by the loss of the 40 bucks I paid for this truly useless book. I do not like to say this about an author's work, but the book is not good. We all seem to agree.
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