Teach Yourself Visual Basic 2008

Author: James Foxall
Publisher: Sams, 2008
Pages: 576
ISBN: 978-0672329845
Aimed at:  Beginners
Rating: 2.5
Pros: VB Express supplied on CD
Cons: Lacks theoretical framework
Reviewed by: Mike James

As an introduction to VB 2008 this book, the complete title of which is "Sams Teach Yourself Visual Basic 2008 in 24 Hours: Complete Starter Kit", has one advantage – a copy of VB Express bound into the back. Apart from this there is little to praise and little to deride. It is a fairly detailed account of how to write a VB program with a few asides on objects and bigger ideas. In the main, though, this book is about getting on with programming rather than worrying about theory. For a beginner’s book it probably goes a bit too far into topics such as database and ASP but this fits with the idea of a practically-oriented approach. If you are prepared to work through the details then you will gain some skills but you will still need so much more.

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PHP Advanced and Object-Oriented Programming (3e)

Author: Larry Ullman
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Pages: 504
ISBN: 978-0321832184
Audience: Intermediate PHP programmers
Rating: 4
Reviewer: Ian Elliot

PHP isn't the first language you think about in connection with object-oriented ideas but it has supported objects for some time. 



C# 5.0 in a Nutshell (5th Ed)

Author: Joseph and Ben Albahari
Publisher: O'Reilly, 2012
Pages: 1064
ISBN: 978-1449320102
Auidience: All C# developers 
Rating: 4.5
Reviewed by: Mike James

Despite being part of the “in a Nutshell series” this is a seriously thick book  and the latest edition covers the new features i [ ... ]


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