Visual Basic 2005: Your Visual Blueprint for Writing Dynamic Applications

Author: Jim Keogh
Publisher: John Wiley,2006
Pages: 320
ISBN: 978-0471793441
Aimed at: Beginners with VB
Rating: 2
Pros: Thorough with lots of pictures
Cons: Content determined by format, short on concepts
Reviewed by: Mike James

This is another in the “visual blueprint” series that takes a step-by-step, fully illustrated, approach to topics. Jim Keogh has taken the standard format and applied it to explaining Visual Basic with very few concessions to the subject matter. It uses lots of pictures, even if they aren’t particularly helpful. It also goes slavishly through topics in an effort to be complete – adding a button, adding a textbox, adding a combobox, adding a…. and so on - without any real effort to point out or make use of the general principles. The same is true for the rest of the book which is very light on principle and heavy on step-by-step. As each instalment is very short the reader never really gets to see a full program or anything that amounts to a “project”. Its not a bad book of its type and if you like the idea of very short repetitive introductions to very specific aspects of Visual Basic then it should be at the top of your list but in my opinion this isn’t the way to learn a language. The sub-title of the entire series is “read less-learn more” but if you read a little theory you can avoid having to read the same instructions over and over again.