Start Here! Learn Microsoft Visual Basic 2012

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Ready to learn Microsoft? Visual Basic?? Start Here!

Learn the fundamentals of modern programming with Visual Basic 2012?and begin building your first Windows 8 apps for the desktop. If you have absolutely no previous experience with Visual Basic, no problem?simply start ...

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Overview

Ready to learn Microsoft® Visual Basic®? Start Here!

Learn the fundamentals of modern programming with Visual Basic 2012—and begin building your first Windows 8 apps for the desktop. If you have absolutely no previous experience with Visual Basic, no problem—simply start here! This book introduces must-know concepts and techniques through easy-to-follow explanations, examples, and exercises.

Here’s where you start learning Visual Basic

  • Learn the fundamentals of programming with Visual Basic
  • Discover how to to bind controls to data
  • Design and interact with user interfaces built with XAML
  • Build and debug complete applications
  • Learn the basics of Windows 8 application design
  • Find out how to deliver your applications to the Windows Store
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735672987
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press
  • Publication date: 1/31/2013
  • Pages: 364
  • Sales rank: 691,648
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (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

Introduction;
Who Should Read This Book;
Who Should Not Read This Book;
Organization of This Book;
Free eBook Reference;
Conventions and Features in This Book;
System Requirements;
Code Samples;
Acknowledgments;
Errata & Book Support;
We Want to Hear from You;
Stay in Touch;
Chapter 1: Getting to Know Visual Basic 2012;
1.1 Development Opportunities for Visual Basic Programmers;
1.2 Obtaining, Installing, and Starting Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8;
1.3 The Visual Studio Development Environment;
1.4 The Visual Studio Tools;
1.5 The Properties Window;
1.6 Moving and Resizing the Programming Tools;
1.7 Switching Among Open Files and Tools Using the IDE Navigator;
1.8 Opening a Web Browser Within Visual Studio;
1.9 Customizing IDE Settings to Match This Book’s Exercises;
1.10 Exiting Visual Studio;
1.11 Summary;
Chapter 2: Creating Your First Windows 8 Application;
2.1 Web List: Your First Visual Basic Program;
2.2 Creating the User Interface;
2.3 Setting the Properties;
2.4 Writing the Visual Basic Code;
2.5 Running Visual Basic Applications;
2.6 Building an Executable File and Deploying;
2.7 Summary;
Chapter 3: Using Controls;
3.1 Using the Ellipse and TextBlock Controls;
3.2 Using the CheckBox and RadioButton Controls;
3.3 Using the MediaElement Control to Add Music and Video;
3.4 Summary;
Chapter 4: Designing Windows 8 Applications with Blend for Visual Studio;
4.1 Blend for Visual Studio;
4.2 Using XAML Controls in Blend;
4.3 Creating a Storyboard to Add Basic Animation Effects;
4.4 Writing Event Handlers in Visual Studio;
4.5 Summary;
Chapter 5: Working with XAML;
5.1 Understanding XAML Basics;
5.2 Creating XAML Objects;
5.3 Summary;
Chapter 6: Visual Basic Language Elements;
6.1 Understanding Visual Basic Program Statements;
6.2 Using Variables to Store Information;
6.3 Using Variables in an Event Handler;
6.4 Using a Variable to Store and Process Input;
6.5 Working with Data Types;
6.6 Constants: Variables That Don’t Change;
6.7 Working with Visual Basic Operators;
6.8 Establishing Order of Precedence;
6.9 Summary;
Chapter 7: Controlling Application Design, Layout, and Program Flow;
7.1 Creating a Tile-Based Layout for Windows Store Apps;
7.2 Evaluating Specific Conditions Using If…Then…Else Statements;
7.3 Controlling Program Flow Using For…Next and For Each…Next Loops;
7.4 Writing an Exception Handler to Manage Error Conditions;
7.5 Summary;
Chapter 8: Using the .NET Framework;
8.1 Programming Resourcefully: Using Class Libraries in the .NET Framework;
8.2 Using Methods in System.String;
8.3 Using Methods in System.Math;
8.4 Using Code Snippets to Insert Ready-Made Code;
8.5 Summary;
Chapter 9: Debugging Applications;
9.1 Finding and Correcting Errors;
9.2 Three Types of Errors;
9.3 Identifying Logic Errors;
9.4 Debugging 101: Using Debugging Mode;
9.5 Tracking Variables by Using a Watch Window;
9.6 Visualizers: Debugging Tools That Display Data;
9.7 Using the Immediate Window;
9.8 Removing Breakpoints;
9.9 Summary;
Chapter 10: Managing Data with Arrays and LINQ;
10.1 Using Arrays to Store Data;
10.2 Using Methods in the Array Class;
10.3 Introducing LINQ;
10.4 Working with XML Documents;
10.5 Summary;
Chapter 11: Design Focus: Five Great Features for a Windows 8 Application;
11.1 Creating a Tile for Your App on the Windows Start Page;
11.2 Creating a Splash Screen for Your App;
11.3 Settings Permissions and Capabilities for Your Windows 8 App;
11.4 Using a Project Template to Showcase Application Content;
11.5 Optimizing Your App for Touch Input and Gestures;
11.6 Summary;
Chapter 12: Future Development Opportunities and the Windows Store;
12.1 Preparing for the Windows Store;
12.2 Future Opportunities and Programming Resources;
12.3 Summary;

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