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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Coders at Work: Reflections on the Craft of Programming

Author: Peter Seibel
Publisher: Apress, 2009
Pages: 617
ISBN: 978-1430219484
Aimed at: All programmers
Rating: 2.5
Pros: A good concept
Cons: Unexpectedly boring
Reviewed by: Ian Elliot

A series of interviews between a programmer and some of the best known names in programming. Does this format work?



DOM Scripting

Author: Jeremy Keith & Jeffrey Sambells
Publisher: Friends of Ed, 2011
Pages: 336
ISBN: 978-1430233893
Aimed at: Casual programmers
Rating: 3
Pros: Practical hand-on approach
Cons: Not object-oriented
Reviewed by: Ian Elliot  


The DOM is mostly what JavaScripting is all about so a book on it [ ... ]


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