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  • I need a good book for beginning to use VB 2008. I have some (limited) experience in using VBA. I want to access a database (SQL) and have access to the data set as variables
    Friday, September 18, 2009 7:45 PM

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  • Checkout this link for better options on your requirement:
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/dd285474.aspx

    Thanks,
    Veera Reddy
    • Marked as answer by Jeff Shan Wednesday, September 23, 2009 6:13 AM
    Friday, September 18, 2009 7:58 PM
  • I need a good book for beginning to use VB 2008. I have some (limited) experience in using VBA. I want to access a database (SQL) and have access to the data set as variables

    Visual Basic 2005 Database Programming (2006)
    Visual Basic 2005 Jumpstart (2005)
    Beginning Visual Basic 2005 Express Edition - From Novice To Professional (2006)
    Professional VB 2005 (2006)
    Don't judge me, just Upgrade me. Thanks!
    • Marked as answer by Jeff Shan Wednesday, September 23, 2009 6:13 AM
    Friday, September 18, 2009 8:01 PM
  • Before getting into database stuff, I would work on developing a good foundation of the concepts of OOP.

    The book I normally recommend for those starting is

    Michael Halvorson's Visual Basic 2008 Step By Step

    It is well written in easy to understand language (some of them would be difficult to understand at first). It also has lot's of practice projects to work on, which really helps put a lot of the concepts together. It goes into a fair amount of detail, but not too deep that you feel lost, but also not too shallow that you really don't learn the concepts.
    • Marked as answer by Jeff Shan Wednesday, September 23, 2009 6:13 AM
    Friday, September 18, 2009 8:11 PM
  • Why not visit www.amazon.co and search for Visual Basic .NET books. You'll see so many together with reviews and excerpts.

    I will also recommend Michael Halvorson's book that jwavila mentioned.
    Only performance counts!
    • Marked as answer by Jeff Shan Wednesday, September 23, 2009 6:13 AM
    Friday, September 18, 2009 8:27 PM
  • Michael Halvorson is an excellent author...all of his books are great, imo.

    Rod Stephens also writes books in this category, but...I can't find them at my local book store...I'll order one soon from Amazon. Deborah Kurata has penned over a dozen VB programming books, as well. (Deborah writes on database topics a lot.) Both of them post here quite regularly.

    In addition, Rod has an excellent website with practical code examples...so many of them!

    http://www.vb-helper.com/index.html

    I recently purchased a book called "VisualBasic 2008 Recipes", which I like very much. (This mini-genre of "recipe" books is really outstanding for me because I already know how to put an application together, but want simple example of API usage.)

    http://www.amazon.com/Visual-Basic-2008-Recipes-Problem-Solution/dp/1590599705

    Sams "Teach Yourself [something] In 24 Hours" is a great series with a lofty and probably impossible goal, but...they are a great way to hit the street running.

    Don't overlook the wealth of sample code that is contained within the documentation. Many functions (methods) have short examples in the documentation.

    I find that when self-teaching, it is a good idea to take something I already know how to do, and implement that in a new language / IDE. For example, MadLibs is a simple game that you can implement using VB. (You can implement it in a number of ways using VB, too. As a Forms app, ASP/ASPX page, in client/server using VBScript/Javascript, etc.)
    • Marked as answer by Jeff Shan Wednesday, September 23, 2009 6:13 AM
    Friday, September 18, 2009 8:51 PM
  • Also, don't forget Deborah's book!

    http://www.insteptech.com/home/books.htm

    Well worth a look.
    • Marked as answer by Jeff Shan Wednesday, September 23, 2009 6:13 AM
    Saturday, September 19, 2009 9:21 PM

All replies

  • Checkout this link for better options on your requirement:
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/dd285474.aspx

    Thanks,
    Veera Reddy
    • Marked as answer by Jeff Shan Wednesday, September 23, 2009 6:13 AM
    Friday, September 18, 2009 7:58 PM
  • I need a good book for beginning to use VB 2008. I have some (limited) experience in using VBA. I want to access a database (SQL) and have access to the data set as variables

    Visual Basic 2005 Database Programming (2006)
    Visual Basic 2005 Jumpstart (2005)
    Beginning Visual Basic 2005 Express Edition - From Novice To Professional (2006)
    Professional VB 2005 (2006)
    Don't judge me, just Upgrade me. Thanks!
    • Marked as answer by Jeff Shan Wednesday, September 23, 2009 6:13 AM
    Friday, September 18, 2009 8:01 PM
  • Before getting into database stuff, I would work on developing a good foundation of the concepts of OOP.

    The book I normally recommend for those starting is

    Michael Halvorson's Visual Basic 2008 Step By Step

    It is well written in easy to understand language (some of them would be difficult to understand at first). It also has lot's of practice projects to work on, which really helps put a lot of the concepts together. It goes into a fair amount of detail, but not too deep that you feel lost, but also not too shallow that you really don't learn the concepts.
    • Marked as answer by Jeff Shan Wednesday, September 23, 2009 6:13 AM
    Friday, September 18, 2009 8:11 PM
  • Why not visit www.amazon.co and search for Visual Basic .NET books. You'll see so many together with reviews and excerpts.

    I will also recommend Michael Halvorson's book that jwavila mentioned.
    Only performance counts!
    • Marked as answer by Jeff Shan Wednesday, September 23, 2009 6:13 AM
    Friday, September 18, 2009 8:27 PM
  • Michael Halvorson is an excellent author...all of his books are great, imo.

    Rod Stephens also writes books in this category, but...I can't find them at my local book store...I'll order one soon from Amazon. Deborah Kurata has penned over a dozen VB programming books, as well. (Deborah writes on database topics a lot.) Both of them post here quite regularly.

    In addition, Rod has an excellent website with practical code examples...so many of them!

    http://www.vb-helper.com/index.html

    I recently purchased a book called "VisualBasic 2008 Recipes", which I like very much. (This mini-genre of "recipe" books is really outstanding for me because I already know how to put an application together, but want simple example of API usage.)

    http://www.amazon.com/Visual-Basic-2008-Recipes-Problem-Solution/dp/1590599705

    Sams "Teach Yourself [something] In 24 Hours" is a great series with a lofty and probably impossible goal, but...they are a great way to hit the street running.

    Don't overlook the wealth of sample code that is contained within the documentation. Many functions (methods) have short examples in the documentation.

    I find that when self-teaching, it is a good idea to take something I already know how to do, and implement that in a new language / IDE. For example, MadLibs is a simple game that you can implement using VB. (You can implement it in a number of ways using VB, too. As a Forms app, ASP/ASPX page, in client/server using VBScript/Javascript, etc.)
    • Marked as answer by Jeff Shan Wednesday, September 23, 2009 6:13 AM
    Friday, September 18, 2009 8:51 PM
  • Also, don't forget Deborah's book!

    http://www.insteptech.com/home/books.htm

    Well worth a look.
    • Marked as answer by Jeff Shan Wednesday, September 23, 2009 6:13 AM
    Saturday, September 19, 2009 9:21 PM