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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Joomla! 1.6: A User's Guide

Author: Barrie M. North
Publisher: Prentice Hall, 2011
Pages:
ISBN: 978-0132487061
Aimed at: Joomla! users familiar with HTML/CSS and PHP
Rating: 4
Pros: Good introduction and grounding in CMS and Joomla!
Cons: Not for beginners and not deep enough for experts
Reviewed by: Ian Elliot

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C++ Programming in Easy Steps

Author: Mike McGrath
Publisher: In Easy Steps (4th Ed), 2011
Pages: 192
ISBN: 978-1840784329
Aimed at: Beginners wanting to learn C++
Rating: 3.5
Pros: Fast paced
Cons: Too short, tends to treat C++ like C
Reviewed by: Mike James

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