"It is very well illustrated; a big plus for a beginner's book."
DesktopEngineer.com, April 14, 2006
"Good layout which takes the learner through practical examples throughout."
Many beginning programming books try to teach the reader three things at the same time: how to write a program, how to write a program using a particular programming language, and how to write a program using a particular compiler. To avoid this triple source of potential confusion, Visual Basic 2005 Express: Now Playing provides a short primer on how programming works in general, regardless of the programming language used. Once readers understand the general principles behind computer programming, the book then teaches readers how to use the Visual Basic Express program itself and how to write programs using the Visual Basic language. The CD includes numerous short source code examples that you can run and modify, and movies that show how to accomplish specific tasks with Visual Basic 2005 Express.
Visual Basic 2005 Express is Microsoft’s programming language designed to make Windows programming easy for everyone—from hobbyists to professional software developers. Visual Basic 2005 Express: Now Playing takes that easy approach and runs with it, starting with a short primer on the general principles and fundamentals of computer programming before moving on to explain how to use Visual Basic 2005 Express and write programs using the Visual Basic language. Best-selling author Wallace Wang covers all the bases, including various programming shortcuts for specific functions and an overview of the built-in Help system that comes with Visual Basic 2005 Express, without "dumbing down" any of the important information you want to know. He explains not just how to do things but also why, so that by the time you finish the book, you’ll be comfortable enough to progress on your own.
Included with the book are two CDs—the first CD includes numerous short source code examples that you can run and modify, along with movies that demonstrate exactly how to write programs and accomplish specific tasks; the second CD contains a full working version of Visual Basic 2005 Express.
This latest release of the Visual Basic product appeals to a new generation of aspiring programmers while staying true to its original roots as a tool for making Windows programming simple, fast, and most importantly, fun. Visual Basic 2005 Express: Now Playing will make sure you don’t miss anything along the way.
About the Author
Wallace Wang is the best-selling author of Visual Basic 6 For Dummies (Wiley), the Steal This Computer Book series, Steal This File Sharing Book, and The Book of Nero 6 (No Starch Press). He is also a successful standup comic who has appeared on A&E's "Evening at the Improv" and appears regularly at the Riviera Comedy Club in Las Vegas.