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Microsoft® Visual Basic 2012: RELOADED, 5th Edition

  • Diane Zak
  • ISBN-10: 1285084160  |  ISBN-13: 9781285084169
  • 832 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2009, 2007
  • © 2014 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $163.75
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Pairing fundamental programming concepts with both business applications and fun and engaging game applications, the fully revised fifth edition of MICROSOFT VISUAL BASIC 2012: RELOADED provides a solid foundation in programming principles and how to use them. The book begins by covering the basics, from creating user interfaces to understanding variables, constants, and calculations. Building on this knowledge, coverage progresses to more advanced topics, such as manipulating and querying a Microsoft Access database, creating Web applications, and creating classes and objects. This new edition leverages the powerful pedagogy of previous editions while bringing the content up-to-date with detailed explanations of the new features of Visual Basic 2012 and new examples and applications that illustrate how those features are put to work.

Features and Benefits

  • Two Programming Tutorials at the end of each chapter provide step-by-step instructions for applying chapter concepts to business and game applications, engaging and motivating students.
  • "How-To" boxes highlight important concepts and how those concepts are effectively applied.
  • Mini-quizzes placed strategically in each chapter test student knowledge at key points. Answers to the questions are provided in Appendix A.
  • Full applications that include both the user interface and all code teach students coding principles in the context of the larger application.
  • Each chapter contains elements designed specifically for each of the three distinct learning styles: video tutorials for visual and auditory learners, "Try It!" files for kinesthetic learners.

Table of Contents

Overview: An Introduction to Programming.
1. An Introduction to Visual Basic 2012.
2. Creating a User Interface.
3. Memory Locations and Calculations.
4. Making Decisions in a Program.
5. More on the Selection Structure.
6. Repeating Program Instructions.
7. More on the Repetition Structure.
8. Sub and Function Procedures.
9. Arrays.
10. String Manipulation and Menus.
11. Structures and Sequential Files.
12. Access Databases.
13. Creating Simple Web Applications.
14. Creating Classes and Objects.
Appendix A: Answers to Mini-Quizzes.
Appendix B: How to Boxes.
Appendix C: Most Commonly Used Properties of Objects.
Appendix D: Visual Basic Conversion Functions.
Appendix E: Finding and Fixing Program Errors.

What's New

  • A Study Guide reinforces each chapter's important concepts with fun, interactive learning activities while providing students a break from reading the text.
  • Review Questions, Exercises, and Case Projects are now mapped directly to each chapter's Learning Objectives in order to improve assessment of student progress.
  • Each chapter features new examples, applications, and exercises that reinforce key programming concepts and demonstrate their application with Visual Basic 2012.
  • New videos created by the author specifically for this edition clearly and succinctly present key concepts for visual and auditory learners.

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Bundle: Text + Microsoft® Visual Studio Express 2012 - Unlimited

ISBN-10: 1285569318 | ISBN-13: 9781285569314

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Diane Zak

Prolific author and respected professional, Diane Zak continues to provide an inspiring and uncomplicated learning experience for students through her widely popular programming books. Recognized for their unique, readable, and friendly style, each book reflects Zak's knowledge of student needs and her extensive understanding of computer programming and its use in business today. Each book is carefully crafted with the modern student in mind. Diane Zak holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems, a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, and a Master of Arts degree in Adult and Continuing Education. She has taught at various computer training centers and most recently served as professor at College of DuPage in Illinois.