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Book Review: Building Applications and Components with Visual Basic.NET
by Ged Mead | Published  04/09/2006 | Book Reviews | Rating:
Ged Mead

Ged Mead (XTab) is a Microsoft Visual Basic MVP who has been working on computer software and design for more than 25 years. His journey has taken him through many different facets of IT. These include training as a Systems Analyst, working in a mainframe software development environment, creating financial management systems and a short time spent on military laptop systems in the days when it took two strong men to carry a 'mobile' system.

Based in an idyllic lochside location in the West of Scotland, he is currently involved in an ever-widening range of VB.NET, WPF and Silverlight development projects. Now working in a consultancy environment, his passion however still remains helping students and professional developers to take advantage of the ever increasing range of sophisticated tools available to them.

Ged is a regular contributor to forums on vbCity and authors articles for DevCity. He is a moderator on VBCity and the MSDN Tech Forums and spends a lot of time answering technical questions there and in several other VB forum sites. Senior Editor for DevCity.NET, vbCity Developer Community Leader and Admin, and DevCity.NET Newsletter Editor. He has written and continues to tutor a number of free online courses for VB.NET developers.

 

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Summary

    So, is this book going to make you an OOP expert in one sitting?   Nope. 
Is it going to magically make it all very easy overnight?   Nope again.
Personally I don’t think such a book could exist.  In my view OOP is a very difficult topic and one that you
really have to work at for some time in order to grasp it totally.
  
   If you invest the time needed to read this book thoroughly and  carefully, I am certain that you will come
out at the other end with a firm grasp of OOP theory, principles and practices, which you will then be able to  apply in your program design and coding.   You will also  have a far, far better understanding of what others are doing when you read OOP based code samples, projects, solutions and articles.   

    From this firm platform you will have everything you need to become a fully fledged OOP developer yourself.   And of course the content which doesn’t deal directly with OOP matters is just as well written, comprehensive and clear as those topics I have highlighted.
  
    Even allowing for the absence of  “OOP” in the title, my advice is to take a look at this book when you are
next looking for guidance on the subject.  I found it to be tremendous value.

 

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