Programming Microsoft Visual Basic .NET (Core Reference)
||Author: Francesco Balena (Wintellect), Francesco Balena|
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Publisher: Microsoft Press (17 April, 2002)
Sales Rank: 1,089
Average Customer Rating: 4.44 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 4 out of 5
Good Intermediate Book
This is a book for those of you wanting a relatively broad overview of programming in Visual Basic .NET. The author does go into a good amount of detail in the topics covered.
If you are just getting started with VB.NET, I would recommend first reading Visual Basic .NET Step-by-Step, 2003 Edition . (I know, normally I do not like Step-by-Step books, but it is a fair introduction to the topic.)
If you are an advanced user, you probably will skim the book and use it as a reference. Remember that this book is tool-specific, this book is not designed to teach advanced programming topics such algorithms, etc.
Rating: 3 out of 5
Great reference for all, best start for a VB6 programmer
The book is excellent, but let me explain why I feel it fails to deliver. First off, if you are already a VB .NET programmer and you want a quick reference of near anything, you found your book. If you are an experienced VB6 programmer moving to .NET, this book will get you up to speed and writing excellent code VERY quickly. I fit neither of those categories. I joined a company out of college with only C/C++ and Java experience and my first project was a VB.NET project. I bought this book, since I figured such an exhaustive book would cover the entirety of the language and was at first satisfied, but as I reached the Windows Forms chapters (the ones most important to my job) I was very disappointed.
VB.NET is a massive topic, and to save space the author frequently references his VB6 book instead of covering a topic in this one. The companion CD is supposed to have a copy of the VB6 book on it, but mine didn't. In particular, the controls reference is VERY short, as he says not much has changed in a lot of controls since VB6. That's great, but I'm disappointed to find that there are no real texts on the market that cover VB.NET for a new VB programmer. Had the book been on the CD, I would have given it 4 stars, but I still don't think it was wise to skim topics.
So if you know VB6 well already, get this book, it will be great for you. If you are already proficient with C#, I believe you will quickly be able to learn VB.NET from this book. If you have no VB or .NET experience at all, it may be best to wait if possible until VB6 is more fully phased out and a better beginners' text has been written.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Excellent Reference Book
I bought this book in 2003 and have used it in conjunction with other VB.NET books. I have found the book to be very helpful when developing applications and have to twist my code for one reason or another. Francesco Balena's little snippets drive the point home very quickly. Although i am a beginning programmer i have managed to write some fairly complex code using quite a number of ideas from Balena's book.
I recommend this book to anyone who develops VB.NET applications and would like a book for reference. It assumes though that you have some experience with VB.NET.
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· Microsoft Visual Basic .NET Step by Step
· Beginning VB.NET
· Microsoft Visual Basic .NET Language Reference