Learn to Program with Visual Basic.NET

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9780072131772: Learn to Program with Visual Basic.NET

This guide teaches readers how to program by using a classroom setting and dialogue between students and the teacher to explain important programming and visual basic concepts. Nearly 100 questions are asked and answered in each chapter in the form of a running dialogue between the instructor (John Smiley) and the students. The book anticipates questions students have - and answers scores of others they never thought to ask.

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Learn to Program with Visual Basic .NET is a popular introduction to programming, now revised for the .NET version of Visual Basic. No previous knowledge is assumed and the informal writing style makes it easier for beginners to get started.

This book does not simply show how to write code. Instead, the author uses the example of a shopkeeper who needs a computer program for his customers to use. This introduces what the author calls the System Development Life Cycle, starting with investigation and analysis, and moving on to design, development, implementation and maintenance. The book goes on to explain what a computer program is, and then shows how to work with Visual Basic by first building a user interface, and then adding code to get the required functionality. Special topics such as data, loops, arrays and file operations are described in the context of the example project, with imagined students asking questions so that each one can be carefully answered. The closing chapters deal with error handling and some advanced topics like using the Windows registry, giving readers all they need to build a complete application.

Although it used Visual Basic .NET, this title makes no mention of object-oriented programming, nor does it touch on Internet or Web programming at all. Perhaps for these reasons, it feels a little old-fashioned. The advantage is that it keeps things very simple, and successfully teaches the essentials of building a working Visual Basic project. --Tim Anderson

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The easiest technical book you'll ever read. Open it up and see for yourself!

Join Professor Smiley's Visual Basic .Net class as he teaches essential skills in programming, coding, and more. Using a student-instructor conversational format, this book starts at the very beginning with crucial programming fundamentals. You'll quickly learn how to identify customer needs so you can create an application that achieves programming objectives just like experienced programmers. By identifying clear client goals, you'll learn important programming basics like how computers view input and execute output based on the information they are given then use those skills to develop real-world applications. Participate in this one-of-a-kind classroom experience and see why Professor Smiley is renowned for making learning fun and easy.


-Understand computers at a fundamental level, and see how the programs you write fit into the Windows environment
-Get briefed on essential terminology, including memory, data types, and graphical user interface
-Prepare for successful programming by learning the Visual Basic Integrated Development Environment (IDE)
-Learn how to write a Visual Basic program by first developing the user Interface then write code to complete its functionality
-Understand the proper sequence to events and writing code
-Perform more detailed programming functions like string manipulation, loops, and arrays

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