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  Books: By Rod Stephens  
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Stephens' Visual Basic Programming 24-Hour Trainer
$34.99, 504 pages, paperback with CD.

Eager to learn Visual Basic programming? This unique book-and-DVD package presents easy-to-follow lessons, reinforced by step-by-step instructions, screencasts, and supplemental exercises to help you master Visual Basic programming quickly. You'll first discover how to write, debug, and run desktop applications that interact with the user and the computer. You'll then progress to more advanced lessons that teach you how to apply object-oriented concepts, perform calculations, manipulate files and strings, interact with simple databases, and more. All of this will give you the skills to write your own, customized Visual Basic programs.

(Note that this is a beginner's book about Visual Basic programming. If you have any experience programming, then this book will probably be too easy for you. It covers all of the basics such as putting controls on a form, creating variables, writing loops, and making classes. It moves at a careful, deliberate pace and includes lots of examples, step-by-step instructions, and exercises to help a beginner get started. Because the book spends so much time on basic topics, it doesn't get to the more advanced topics you'd find in a book for more experienced developers such as Visual Basic 2010 Programmer's Reference.)

Stephens' Visual Basic Programming 24-Hour Trainer
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Stephens' C# Programming with Visual Studio 2010 24-Hour Trainer
Stephens' C# Programming with Visual Studio 2010 24-Hour Trainer
$44.99, 552 pages, paperback with CD.

Eager to learn Visual C# programming? This unique book-and-DVD package presents easy-to-follow lessons, reinforced by step-by-step instructions, screencasts, and supplemental exercises to help you master Visual C# programming quickly. You'll first discover how to write, debug, and run desktop applications that interact with the user and the computer. You'll then progress to more advanced lessons that teach you how to apply object-oriented concepts, perform calculations, manipulate files and strings, interact with simple databases, and more. All of this will give you the skills to write your own, customized Visual C# programs.

(Note that this is a beginner's book about C# programming. If you have any experience programming, then this book will probably be too easy for you. It covers all of the basics such as putting controls on a form, creating variables, writing loops, and making classes. It moves at a careful, deliberate pace and includes lots of examples, step-by-step instructions, and exercises to help a beginner get started. Because the book spends so much time on basic topics, it doesn't get to the more advanced topics you'd find in a book for more experienced developers such as Visual Basic 2010 Programmer's Reference.)

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Visual Basic 2010 Programmer's Reference
$39.99, 1272 pages, paperback.

This comprehensive tutorial and reference guide provides programmers and developers of all skill and experience levels with a broad, solid understanding of essential Visual Basic 2010 topics and clearly explains how to use this powerful programming language to perform a variety of tasks. As a tutorial, the book describes the Visual Basic language and covers essential Visual Basic topics. Also serving as a reference guide, the material presents categorized information regarding specific operations and reveals useful tips and tricks to help you make the most of Visual Basic 2010.

Contains hundreds of example programs!
Visual Basic 2010 Programmer's Reference

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WPF Programmer's Reference
WPF Programmer's Reference
$54.99, 624 pages, paperback.

Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) enables you to build effective and unique graphical user interfaces. However, it takes a steep learning curve to master the exceptions and shortcuts that are built into WPF. This reference provides you with a solid foundation of fundamental WPF concepts so you can start building attractive, dynamic, and interactive applications quickly and easily. As the book progresses, topics gradually become more advanced, and you'll discover how to use WPF to build applications that run in more environments, on more hardware, using more graphical tools, and providing a more engaging visual experience than is normally possible with Windows Forms.

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Beginning Database Design Solutions
$44.99, 552 pages, paperback.

This concise introduction teaches database design concepts, methods, and techniques of high-quality database design. You'll explore creating an initial logical design and refining it into a superior database that meets users' requirements. Plus, you'll see how to implement the design using specific types of database platforms and build databases using SQL scripts. Each chapter begins with a list of topics that will be covered, closes with a summary that provides the key points described in the chapter, and includes a list of review questions and a series of helpful exercises.
Beginning Database Design Solutions

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Visual Basic 2008 Programmer's Reference
Visual Basic 2008 Programmer's Reference
$39.99, 1248 pages, paperback.

NOTE: This is the third edition of my book Visual Basic 2005 Programmer's Reference described below.

This revised and updated tutorial and reference will help you quickly get up to speed on the latest features in Visual Basic 2008.

The tutorial section walks you through VB.NET from scratch, providing you with in-depth descriptions of the development environment, basic program syntax, and standard controls. It also explores fundamental concepts in object-oriented programming with VB.

Contains more than 400 example programs!

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Visual Basic 2005 with .NET 3.0 Programmer's Reference
$39.99, 1200 pages, paperback.

NOTE: This is the second edition of my book Visual Basic 2005 Programmer's Reference described below.

With this completely up-to-date tutorial and reference, you'll quickly learn how to develop Visual Basic (VB) programs that leverage the latest features of Vista and .NET 3.0. The tutorial section walks you through VB.NET from scratch, providing you with in-depth descriptions of the development environment, basic program syntax, and standard controls. You'll also explore the fundamental concepts in object-oriented programming with VB. It covers everything (to the extent you can cover everything these days with ADO.NET, XML, serialization, reflection, regular expressions, cryptography, and all the other assorted stuff that sticks out at the edges of Visual Studio). As in all of my books, I like to shine a light into all of the most useful nooks and crannies so even if you already know Visual Basic, chances are there's something for you here, too.

Visual Basic 2005 with .NET 3.0 Programmer's Reference

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Expert One-on-One Visual Basic 2005 Design and Development
Expert One-on-One Visual Basic 2005 Design and Development
$39.99, 620 pages, paperback.

As the most popular programming language in the world, VB 2005 offers a rich array of programming options that even experienced VB programmers will find challenging. In this book, I try to cover some of the issues that pros face when creating complex applications--issues that most other VB books ignore or gloss over, such as design, modeling, testing, reflection, and advanced memory management. Packed with code examples, this book shares the best methods for mastering the many advanced features of VB 2005. This book covers such topics as design, design patterns, deployment, update management, testing, scripting, printing, custom property support, documentation, threading, reflection, and much more.

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Visual Basic 2005 Programmer's Reference
$39.99, 1056 pages, paperback.

NOTE: This is the first edition of my book Visual Basic 2005 with .NET 3.0 Programmer's Reference described above.

An in-depth introduction to Visual Basic 2005 (formerly known as Whidbey). It covers everything (to the extent you can cover everything these days with ADO.NET, XML, serialization, reflection, regular expressions, cryptography, and all the other assorted stuff that sticks out at the edges of Visual Studio). As in all of my books, I like to shine a light into all of the most useful nooks and crannies so even if you already know Visual Basic, chances are there's something for you here, too.

Visual Basic 2005 Programmer's Reference

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Microsoft Office Programming: A Guide for Experienced Developers
Microsoft Office Programming: A Guide for Experienced Developers
$34.99, 710 pages, paperback.

Most Office programming books start from scratch. They assume you are a complete novice and explain all of things beginners need to learn such as how to declare arrays, write subroutines, and place a control on a form. If you already know how to program with Visual Basic or VBA, these book are a huge waste. Out of a 600-page book, you're lucky if you get 200 pages of new material. This book assumes you already know the basics of Visual Basic or VBA programming and jumps right into the middle of the topics you need to know to program Microsoft Office. It covers the five core Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook) in detail and shows how to get the most out of these powerful applications.

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Visual Basic .NET Database Programming
$20.99, 450 pages, paperback.

While ADO.NET is is some small ways similar to ADO, using databases in VB.NET presents a whole new set of challenges. This book explains how to use ADO.NET to manipulate databases in Visual Basic .NET applicaitons. It shows how to use the new database objects, design and build databases using MSDE, store data in XML files, bind controls to data objects, and manipulate databases directly.
Visual Basic .NET Database Programming

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Visual Basic .NET and XML
Visual Basic .NET and XML
$39.99, 503 pages, paperback.

By providing a simple, flexible data storage format, XML is positioned to become the lingua franca of data transfer. This book explains how you can take advantage of XML in your Visual Basic .NET applications.

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Prototyping with Visual Basic
$39.99, 410 pages, paperback.

This book describes tried and tested prototyping techniques you can use when building Visual Basic applications. Aircraft and auto manufacturers don't risk millions on untested designs without building prototypes first. Why should you?
Prototyping with Visual Basic

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Visual Basic Graphics Programming
Visual Basic Graphics Programming
$49.99, 712 pages, paperback with CD.

Add sophisticated graphics to your Visual Basic programs. High resolution printing, fractals, tilings, two- and three-dimensional graphics, hidden surfaces, lighting models, ray tracing, image processing, animation, curve fitting, etc.

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Ready-to-Run Visual Basic Code Library
$49.99, 424 pages, paperback with CD.

More than 170 detailed example programs demonstrating basic, intermediate, and advanced techniques for solving real-world programming problems. Learn to work with numbers, manipulate databases, handle text, format output, get the most out of ListBox, ComboBox, TabStrip, and other controls, use menus, etc.
Ready-to-Run Visual Basic Code Library

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Bug Proofing Visual Basic
Bug Proofing Visual Basic
$39.99, 397 pages, paperback.

This book teaches programming skills that every Visual Basic developer should have. It explains ways to minimize the number of errors in your programs, methods for exposing errors so they are easy to fix, and techniques for correctly handling unexpected errors that do occur.

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Ready-To-Run Visual Basic Algorithms, Second Edition
$49.99, 395 pages, paperback with CD.

Extend your applications with powerful algorithms written in Visual Basic. Sorting, searching, trees, hashing, advanced recursion, network algorithms, object-oriented programming, and much more. Visual Basic Algorithms updated and expanded for Visual Basic 5/6.
Ready-To-Run Visual Basic Algorithms, Second Edition

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Custom Controls Library
Custom Controls Library
$49.99, 684 pages, paperback with CD.

101 custom VB5/6 controls ready to plug into any Visual Basic program or use on a Web page. This book includes instructions for using the controls in many environments (C++, Delphi, etc.) and comes with a working copy of Microsoft Visual Basic 5.0 Control Creation Edition (CCE).

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Advanced Visual Basic Techniques
$39.99, 440 pages, paperback with CD.

Add advanced features to your Visual Basic applications. Most recently used file (MRU) lists, splash screens and about dialogs, print preview at multiple scales, ad hoc queries, rotated fonts, non-rectangular forms, etc.
Advanced Visual Basic Techniques

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Ready-to-Run Delphi Algorithms
Ready-to-Run Delphi Algorithms
$49.99, 398 pages, paperback with CD.

The Delphi edition of the popular book Ready-to-Run Visual Basic Algorithms. Extend your applications with powerful algorithms written in Delphi. Sorting, searching, trees, hashing, advanced recursion, network algorithms, object-oriented programming, and much more. Written for Delphi 3.0 but still useful in later editions.

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