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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If you already own a Murach book then you won't have needed to read this review. You'll know if the distinctive Murach style works for you or not.
But if you haven't tried one of their range yet and particularly if you are a VB.NET newbie then I would recommend that you take a look at this book. Check out the sample chapters, see if the list of chapters and the breakdown of topics appears to you to be an understandable, logical sequence of explanations of what is - let's face it - a dauntingly large and complex language.
After my brief canter through this book I came away with the impression that it was well written, and that topic coverage was comprehensive and clear throughout. Non-technical layman's language is used in many places to cut through the difficult-to-grasp concepts. The code samples in the book were kept as short as possible for clarity and the downloaded solutions that I tried out all worked straight out of the box.
I've always had a soft spot for Murach books and although I'm not now a target reader for this latest offering, I still think that this will be an excellent starter book for many newcomers to VB.NET in general and to VB 2005 in particular.