The following reviews are from Visual Basic 2005 How to Program. 3/e (nearing completion), where we have that chapter back from review. If the chapter is not back from review yet, we've included the comments from the sister book Visual C# How to Program, 2/e. The bookwide testimonials are also from the sister book—we’ll have these for the VB book shortly.
Bookwide comments (from the sister C# book)
"Follows the Deitel’s proven technique of teaching through demonstrative example accompanied by clear discussion. The book uses an early object approach to assist the reader in acquiring the fundamental object-oriented programming techniques required for more advanced topics. Throughout, the text is supported with an ongoing [ATM] software engineering case study that contextualizes the programming material and provides an applied introduction to UML."—Gavin T. Osborne Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST)
"This textbook has amazed me on how clearly it covers the essential programming fundamentals and then progresses rapidly, but smoothly to more advanced programming topics which are illustrated each step of the way with extremely practical examples."—Michael O'Brien, State of California, Employment Development Department
"This book is a must have because of its thorough explanations, its carefully developed and commented examples and its numerous and interesting exercises. It’s the book I'll recommend to my students!"—Jose Antonio Gonzalez Seco, Andalucia's Parlamient
"This book has plenty examples and exercises that the students can use to learn the concepts. And each of the programs has been thoroughly tested. The book is complete and up to date. It covers the new features of Visual C# 2005 as well as the latest UML edition and XML."—Catherine Wyman Senior Professor, DeVry University-Phoenix
"The set of exercises, examples, and supporting material make the instructor's job a lot easier.—Chadi Boudiab, Georgia Perimeter College.
ATM OOD/UML Case Study (from the sister C# book)
"This is an excellent case study! An ATM is a real world example that everyone is at least moderately familiar with. This explicit implementation of the design developed in the early chapters gives the students a fantastic model of a real world problem. You hit a home run with this one!"—Catherine Wyman, Devry-Phoenix.
Chapter 1 Introduction to Computers, the Internet and Visual Basic
"This chapter provides a well-rounded background for the novice and experienced programmer." —Karen Arlien, Bismarck State College
"The section on test-driving an application is very good. It’s an excellent idea to include additional applications for the reader to explore on their own." —Amit Kalani, TechContent Corporation
"This is the only Chapter 1 of any book that really gives you the "big picture" of the state of programming today!" —Bob Benavides, Collin County Community College
Chapter 2 Introduction to the Visual Basic 2005 Express Edition IDE
"This chapter provides you with the grand tour of the IDE menus, windows, dialogs, etc., after this you are ready to code!"—Bob Benavides, Collin County Community College
"This chapter does an excellent job in getting the user familiar with the new IDE and how to create simple interfaces."—Amit Kalani, TechContent Corporation
"A thorough and pleasant introduction to Visual Studio 2005."—James Huddleston, Independent Consultant