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Teach Yourself Visual Basic 2008 in 24 Hours June 13, 2011

Posted by stuffilikenet in Books, Brilliant words, Toys.

James Foxall’s book, Teach Yourself Visual Basic 2008 in 24 Hours: Complete Starter Kit , is a very helpful introduction to persons like myself who have no background in programming, programming for Windows, programming for Windows in .NET or, in fact, any skill in the art whatsoever.  It’s that basic and for that reason I heartily recommend it.  I’m a complete novice in the programming world (unless you count a semester in 1984 and a six-week course in 1997).  And after using this book I still can’t do much, but at least I know where to start.

Foxall’s approach is to assume you can install software on a Windows box and take it from there.  The starter’s copy of Visual Basic is on a disk supplied (as is Visual C#, my next project in this vein), and it’s pretty much just your ability to follow instructions and pay attention to get through the book.  You will still have a lot to learn, but at least other books in this subject won’t be completely greek to you. 

And there is the sublime glow of accomplishment.

So, do it like the book says: one hour a day.  Take Sundays off.  You’ll be done in a month and ready for the big time books.


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