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Teach yourself the fundamentals of working with Visual Basic 2008—one step at a time. With STEP BY STEP, you work at your own pace through hands-on, learn-by-doing exercises. Whether you’re a beginning programmer or new to this specific language, you’ll understand the core capabilities and fundamental techniques for Visual Basic 2008—and rapidly build robust, elegant applications. Each chapter puts you to work, showing you how, when, and why to use the latest features of Visual Basic—guiding you each step of the ...

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Teach yourself the fundamentals of working with Visual Basic 2008—one step at a time. With STEP BY STEP, you work at your own pace through hands-on, learn-by-doing exercises. Whether you’re a beginning programmer or new to this specific language, you’ll understand the core capabilities and fundamental techniques for Visual Basic 2008—and rapidly build robust, elegant applications. Each chapter puts you to work, showing you how, when, and why to use the latest features of Visual Basic—guiding you each step of the way as you create actual components and working applications for Windows. You’ll also explore data management and Web-based development topics. PLUS—get practice files with sample code and data sets on the companion CD.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735625372
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press
  • Publication date: 1/26/2008
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 11.12 (h) x 1.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Halvorson has written more than 30 books, including the popular Microsoft Visual Basic 2008 Step by Step, Microsoft Office XP Inside Out, and Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Professional Step by Step. A former Visual Basic localization manager at Microsoft, Michael is a professor at Pacific Lutheran University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Introduction; What Is Visual Basic 2008?; Finding Your Best Starting Point in This Book; Visual Studio 2008 System Requirements; Prerelease Software; Installing and Using the Practice Files; Uninstalling the Practice Files; Conventions and Features in This Book; Helpful Support Links; Part I: Getting Started with Microsoft Visual Basic 2008; Chapter 1: Exploring the Visual Studio Integrated Development Environment; 1.1 The Visual Studio Development Environment; 1.2 The Visual Studio Tools; 1.3 The Properties Window; 1.4 Moving and Resizing the Programming Tools; 1.5 Switching Among Open Files and Tools by Using the IDE Navigator; 1.6 Opening a Web Browser Within Visual Studio; 1.7 Getting Help; 1.8 Customizing IDE Settings to Match Step-by-Step Exercises; 1.9 One Step Further: Exiting Visual Studio; 1.10 Quick Reference; Chapter 2: Writing Your First Program; 2.1 Lucky Seven: Your First Visual Basic Program; 2.2 Programming Steps; 2.3 Creating the User Interface; 2.4 Setting the Properties; 2.5 The Picture Box Properties; 2.6 Writing the Code; 2.7 A Look at the Button1_Click Procedure; 2.8 Running Visual Basic Applications; 2.9 Sample Projects on Disk; 2.10 Building an Executable File; 2.11 Deploying Your Application; 2.12 One Step Further: Adding to a Program; 2.13 Quick Reference; Chapter 3: Working with Toolbox Controls; 3.1 The Basic Use of Controls: The Hello World Program; 3.2 Using the DateTimePicker Control; 3.3 Controls for Gathering Input; 3.4 One Step Further: Using the LinkLabel Control; 3.5 Quick Reference; Chapter 4: Working with Menus, Toolbars, and Dialog Boxes; 4.1 Adding Menus by Using the MenuStrip Control; 4.2 Adding Access Keys to Menu Commands; 4.3 Processing Menu Choices; 4.4 Adding Toolbars with the ToolStrip Control; 4.5 Using Dialog Box Controls; 4.6 Event Procedures That Manage Common Dialog Boxes; 4.7 One Step Further: Assigning Shortcut Keys to Menus; 4.8 Quick Reference; Part II: Programming Fundamentals; Chapter 5: Visual Basic Variables and Formulas, and the .NET Framework; 5.1 The Anatomy of a Visual Basic Program Statement; 5.2 Using Variables to Store Information; 5.3 Using Variables in a Program; 5.4 Using a Variable to Store Input; 5.5 Using a Variable for Output; 5.6 Working with Specific Data Types; 5.7 Working with Visual Basic Operators; 5.8 Working with Methods in the Microsoft .NET Framework; 5.9 One Step Further: Establishing Order of Precedence; 5.10 Quick Reference; Chapter 6: Using Decision Structures; 6.1 Event-Driven Programming; 6.2 Using Conditional Expressions; 6.3 If…Then Decision Structures; 6.4 Select Case Decision Structures; 6.5 One Step Further: Detecting Mouse Events; 6.6 Quick Reference; Chapter 7: Using Loops and Timers; 7.1 Writing For…Next Loops; 7.2 Displaying a Counter Variable in a TextBox Control; 7.3 Creating Complex For…Next Loops; 7.4 Writing Do Loops; 7.5 Avoiding an Endless Loop; 7.6 The Timer Control; 7.7 Creating a Digital Clock by Using a Timer Control; 7.8 Using a Timer Object to Set a Time Limit; 7.9 One Step Further: Inserting Code Snippets; 7.10 Quick Reference; Chapter 8: Debugging Visual Basic Programs; 8.1 Finding and Correcting Errors; 8.2 Three Types of Errors; 8.3 Identifying Logic Errors; 8.4 Debugging 101: Using Debugging Mode; 8.5 Tracking Variables by Using a Watch Window; 8.6 Visualizers: Debugging Tools That Display Data; 8.7 Using the Immediate and Command Windows; 8.8 Switching to the Command Window; 8.9 One Step Further: Removing Breakpoints; 8.10 Quick Reference; Chapter 9: Trapping Errors by Using Structured Error Handling; 9.1 Processing Errors by Using the Try…Catch Statement; 9.2 Writing a Disc Drive Error Handler; 9.3 Using the Finally Clause to Perform Cleanup Tasks; 9.4 More Complex Try…Catch Error Handlers; 9.5 Comparing Error Handlers with Defensive Programming Techniques; 9.6 One Step Further: The Exit Try Statement; 9.7 Quick Reference; Chapter 10: Creating Modules and Procedures; 10.1 Working with Modules; 10.2 Working with Public Variables; 10.3 Creating Procedures; 10.4 Writing Function Procedures; 10.5 Writing Sub Procedures; 10.6 One Step Further: Passing Arguments by Value and by Reference; 10.7 Quick Reference; Chapter 11: Using Arrays to Manage Numeric and String Data; 11.1 Working with Arrays of Variables; 11.2 Preserving Array Contents by Using ReDim Preserve; 11.3 One Step Further: Processing Large Arrays by Using Methods in the Array Class; 11.4 Quick Reference; Chapter 12: Working with Collections and the System.Collections Namespace; 12.1 Working with Object Collections; 1111112.2 Creating Your Own Collections; 12.3 One Step Further: VBA Collections; 12.4 Quick Reference; Chapter 13: Exploring Text Files and String Processing; 13.1 Displaying Text Files by Using a Text Box Object; 13.2 Using the StreamReader Class and My.Computer.FileSystem to Open Text Files; 13.3 Creating a New Text File on Disk; 13.4 Processing Text Strings with Program Code; 13.5 One Step Further: Examining the Sort Text Program Code; 13.6 Quick Reference; Part III: Designing the User Interface; Chapter 14: Managing Windows Forms and Controls at Run Time; 14.1 Adding New Forms to a Program; 14.2 How Forms Are Used; 14.3 Working with Multiple Forms; 14.4 Positioning Forms on the Windows Desktop; 14.5 Adding Controls to a Form at Run Time; 14.6 Organizing Controls on a Form; 14.7 One Step Further: Specifying the Startup Object; 14.8 Quick Reference; Chapter 15: Adding Graphics and Animation Effects; 15.1 Adding Artwork by Using the System.Drawing Namespace; 15.2 Adding Animation to Your Programs; 15.3 Expanding and Shrinking Objects While a Program Is Running; 15.4 One Step Further: Changing Form Transparency; 15.5 Quick Reference; Chapter 16: Inheriting Forms and Creating Base Classes; 16.1 Inheriting a Form by Using the Inheritance Picker; 16.2 Creating Your Own Base Classes; 16.3 One Step Further: Inheriting a Base Class; 16.4 Quick Reference; Chapter 17: Working with Printers; 17.1 Using the PrintDocument Class; 17.2 Printing Multipage Text Files; 17.3 One Step Further: Adding Print Preview and Page Setup Dialog Boxes; 17.4 Quick Reference; Part IV: Database and Web Programming; Chapter 18: Getting Started with ADO.NET; 18.1 Database Programming with ADO.NET; 18.2 Using Bound Controls to Display Database Information; 18.3 One Step Further: SQL Statements, LINQ, and Filtering Data; 18.4 Quick Reference; Chapter 19: Data Presentation Using the DataGridView Control; 19.1 Using DataGridView to Display Database Records; 19.2 Formatting DataGridView Cells; 19.3 Datacentric Focus:Adding a Second Grid and Navigation Control; 19.4 One Step Further: Updating the Original Database; 19.5 Quick Reference; Chapter 20: Creating Web Sites and Web Pages by Using Visual Web Developer and ASP.NET; 20.1 Inside ASP.NET; 20.2 Building a Web Site by Using Visual Web Developer; 20.3 Using the Web Page Designer; 20.4 Adding Server Controls to a Web Site; 20.5 Adding Additional Web Pages and Resources to a Web Site; 20.6 Displaying Database Records on a Web Page; 20.7 One Step Further: Setting the Web Site Title in Internet Explorer; 20.8 Quick Reference; Where to Go for More Information; Visual Basic Web Sites; Books About Visual Basic and Visual Studio Programming;

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  • Posted August 30, 2009

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    My experience with this book.

    When trying to learn MS Visual Basic, I found the Windows Help screens to be overwhelming, starting from a point of view that assumes you already know everything. This book does what its title says; it takes you step by step so you <won't> get overwhelmed!

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  • Posted July 4, 2009

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    Good introductory book.

    Good book for absolute introduction to Visual Basic 2008.

    Gets a little repetitive.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

    A "How-to" Hit

    Halverson has put together a useful text for those that know little of nothing about computer programming but want to learn the basics. The organization of the book is applicable for either classroom or learn-on-your-own scenarios. The book starts off with an introduction to the Visual Basic (VB) environment. This is quite useful for the novice. The next three chapters take the reader through the basic concepts of VB. Chapters 5 through 13 lead the reader through math operations, conditional expressions, loops to arrays and text processing. It covers enough of the programming statements that learning the remainder of the syntax should be relatively straight forward for a beginning programmer. The order of the subject material makes learning easy and understandable. Part III of the text explores the user interface. How to use graphics is covered in but one chapter. Halverson appears to have shorted this very important topic. The last part of the book gives the reader an overview of ADO, data controls and web development. The last three chapters should have been more in depth but this is an introductory text.

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  • Posted June 16, 2009

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    Microsoft Visual Basic 2008

    The book is OK, but the CD could have had more detailed examples.

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