Book to learn Visual Basic 2005?

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  1. Monty Burns

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    Hi Guys

    I've just been told by my current employer to "go and learn VB". Now, I need a book to show me how to do this but a couple of catches:

    • It needs to contain one of those demo/useable copies of VB
    • I'm an x-assembly language programmer and as such this object orientation will take some getting used to (tried before and failed!), so one that DOES treat me like an idiot on this please!
    • I live in Germany so, if its available on Amazon UK that would be a big bonus (so I can order it by ISBN here)
    • I don't really want to spend any more than 50quid (but flexible)
    • No VB6 - .NET for me please

    Can anyone recommend a book (and its ISBN) that suits the above? If it turns out that I will be doing a fair chunk of VB I will get an MSDN sub to cover the full license and charge that back.


    Thanks in advance for the recommendations!
     
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    What I can suggest is:

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/trial/

    Get the full team suite edition 180 day trial. This comes with pretty much everything that you will need. I believe the documentation pretty much will provide you with as much as you need. I had never coded before and was able to write some multi-threaded monitoring applications under c# so it must be pretty good. If you have some experience programming then you should be fine. It is only about £8 and should be available in Germany no problems.
     
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    Sadly that appears to be order only and it seems the lead time is 4 to 5 weeks :eek: I need a much quicker turn-around than that.

    Very odd for MS to offer "order only" and not a download option for it.
     
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    Hehe, that is because it is two or three dvds that are full!!!!!!

    I am not going to be using mine that I recieved recently for a while so if it is urgent I could pass it on to you if it would help. It did take them about two or three weeks for them to get it to me.
     
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    Thanks for that but sadly, I have learn't not to trust the German postal system - its already lost 50% of my post from the UK and German Amazon, (I suspect thats from the UK anyway) and some German to German post as well.

    At least if I get things from Amazon then I can just get a replacement sent free. Where as yours, i cannot even be sure it would get here!


    Again, cheers for the offer!
     
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    Otherwise have a look at:

    0764595733 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos...-1/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i1_xgl/203-3423230-6888750), which contains MS Visual Basic Express. I have used the Express products which are very cut down versions of the development environments but provide access to all the functionality (code and framework wise) of the full products. They are very good!

    Also, when you have a copy of one of the tools, have a look at: http://msdn.microsoft.com/vbasic/downloads/starterkits/default.aspx , which I thought provided me some excellent background on how to get things done in these languages.
     
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    Now THATS spot on!!!! :thumbsup:


    Cheers for your help! ..... im off to amazon.de to place me an order :D
     
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    Have fun and good luck mate. Learning a little c# was very challenging but one of the most fun things I have done in the last couple of years.
     
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    I got the express edition as a cover mount of a magazine (PCPro).
    You should be able to download it from http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/express/vb.
    I don't have a book to recommend, but I was a bit disappointed with Wrox for VB6.
    Some publishers have snippets online. Check out o'reilly and sams.
     

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