Visual Basic 2008 Programming: Business Applications with a Design Perspective
Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9
Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 12 Chapter 13 Chapter 14 Appendix A Appendix B Appendix C Home
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Table of Contents

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Chapter 1: Introduction
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Beyond the Content Coverage

There is so much to learn about VB. It includes many controls and objects that can be used in a wide range of applications. These controls and objects have many features. It takes several books just to document all these features. As a result, it is impossible for a textbook to cover all aspects of this language.
This book, however, provides a special feature that can help equip you to explore, learn, and expand your knowledge in VB on your own. Starting from Chapter 3, each chapter contains several special boxes titled “Look It Up.” These boxes show you what types of information on VB you can obtain from the online help file. These boxes also serve as a reminder that a lot of valuable information is available at your fingertips, and are intended to help you build a habit of looking up your questions in the online help file. Follow the instructions and perform all the suggested lookups. You will learn a lot more by just doing this. Better yet, getting familiarized with the help file can be the best resource in your study of VB.
After you become acquainted with the help file, you will be able to appreciate the wealth of information that is readily available. While you are writing your program, the help file is there for your use. It provides many details that textbooks may not have. Above all, it covers all the features of VB. If you decide to pursue a topic not covered in this book, you will be able to proceed comfortably by browsing the file for the needed information. Chapter 2 has a section that shows you how to browse the online help file.

The solution to the “Try This” box  in the preceding section is as follows:
Console.WriteLine(“Practice makes perfect.”)
Common mistakes include (1) failing to include a dot (.) between Console and WriteLine, (2) failing to enclose the text in a pair of double quotes (not single quotes), and (3) failing to enclose the quoted text in a pair of parentheses.
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