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Murach’s Visual Basic 2005: Training & Reference
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Altho nominally this is a book on programming using Microsoft's Visual Basic language, it is actually far more than that because so much of Microsoft's development level software is tied together. Specifically this book covers:
Programming in Visual Basic
the Visual Studio IDE
Microsoft's .NET Framework
Visual Basic is best programmed using Microsoft's Visual studio which is an integrated development environment or IDE. This is a software system that includes a text editor optimized for writing Visual Basic as well as other tools to facilitate the programming effort.
.NET is Microsoft's main approach to capturing the enterprise marketplace like they have done with the desktop. It remains to be seen just how successful they will be in convincing main stream developers to use .NET, but it is a system that should be understood before being immediately rejected.
SQL Server is Microsoft's heavy duty database (as opposed to the desktop databases such as Access and FoxPro). Database design and programming is a full blown programming area of its own, but there is enough in this book to get you started on applications development.
XML is the newest concept in exchanging information between computers. It is also the foundation for information storage and exchange in the .NET framework. Again, the coverage of XML in this book is by no means complete, but you will more than grasp the fundamentals.
CONCLUSION: There is an awful lot in this book. It basically covers applications developmnent and the fact that it uses Visual Basic to do it is almost incidental. This is a great way to get started.
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