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    Good book for beginners (VB/VBA/.NET)

    Can anyone recommend a good book for beginners to learn VB (or VBA). I suppose it would best to learn .NET now, as this seems to be the way for the future - but I guess that there aren't many books for it out there yet.
    Thanks for your help.

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    Re: Good book for beginners (VB/VBA/.NET)

    Gotta web browser? (rhetorical question) Go a' googling and you'll be surprised at what's out there for .Net (not to mention VB and VBA). Set aside an afternoon or two.
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    Re: Good book for beginners (VB/VBA/.NET)

    Since there is no VBA.Net yet, your choice depends on what you're going to be using. If you want to program Office applications, you're still looking at VBA, at least for a while.
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    Re: Good book for beginners (VB/VBA/.NET)

    For VBA, pick your most used Office app and get a VBA book for that app. For a list of Word VBA books, see the list at my URL below.

    For VB .Net, there are quite a number of books now.
    I've only been looking at those that emphasize upgrading from VB to VB .Net. You likely want want that covers VB .Net, assuming no previous VB or VBA knowledge. I have not looked at those yet.

    For VB itself, I always recommend Gary Cornell's Visual Basic 6 from the Ground Up.

    Note that I disagree with ALL who say you can learn this stuff by searching the internet. THere is inded a ton of sdtuff on the internet, but until one readsa bopok to get an overview and a better foundation, it is, IMHO, a very inefficient use of time to try to learn by looking at the stuff on the internet.

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    Re: Good book for beginners (VB/VBA/.NET)

    I don't think the "searching the internet" suggestion was aimed at learning VB/VBA, only at finding books on the subject.
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    Re: Good book for beginners (VB/VBA/.NET)

    Only Kevin can let us know what he intended.

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    Re: Good book for beginners (VB/VBA/.NET)

    The other thing to realise on VBA is that each of the main Office apps with VBA have distinctly different "dialects". Learning VBA for one app will give you a background feel for how VBA can be used in another, but the devil can be in the detail. Focus on what will be practically useful to you. If you give us a bit more detail of what you use now and how you wish to expand that use, it might be possible to be a bit more specific. HTH
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    Re: Good book for beginners (VB/VBA/.NET)

    My point exactly! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Good book for beginners (VB/VBA/.NET)

    Many thanks for all your replies. My interest really started with VBA for Excel, which I understood was a 'cut-down' version of VB. I would like to learn more about VB, but then heard about VB.NET and that it is quite a bit different. I know I could obtain code via the internet and modify it to my needs, but I would really like to learn it properly from 'the ground up', so that I understood it !! The sort of book I would like would be one that, after working through the basic language, then went on to build a complex example stage by stage.

    There are so many choices of books out there, it is difficult to decide.

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    Re: Good book for beginners (VB/VBA/.NET)

    If you already have VB 6, it would be useful to read Gary Cornell's Visual Basic 6 from the Ground Up.

    That will give you a lot of the fundamentals you would need with VBA.

    And by using VB 6, you could write programs that you could then import into VS .Net.

    Learn the concepts, don't get distracted by the detail differences between VB and VB .Net.

    If you do not already have VB 6, then get VS .Net Pro.
    I don't know which book to recommend, as I have not yet looked at any, other those of the VB to VB .Net upgrading ilk.

    If you learn the fundamentals of VB or VB .Net, you'll have little difficulty with VBA.

    Without knowing anything about what's available for VB .Net books, I'd first look at those from MSFT Press, Apress and O'Reilly.

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    Re: Good book for beginners (VB/VBA/.NET)

    I'm an absolute novice at using VBA, and so far I find "VBA for Dummies" by Steve Cummings to be pretty good. The author seems fond of illustrating his text with screen shots from Visio, and I don't have a clue as to what Visio is. My focus is MS-Word. Nonetheless, the "Dummies" book might be worth a look.

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    Re: Good book for beginners (VB/VBA/.NET)

    FYI VIsio was the first (then) non-Microsoft product to license VBA as its programming language. Microsoft eventually acquired a controlling interest in Visio Corp and the rest is history. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Good book for beginners (VB/VBA/.NET)

    I've recently aquired 'Visual Basic 6 for Dummies', and am now about half-way through it. It's very easy to understand and enjoyable to read. I can certainly recommend it to other beginners. The book makes reference to 'MORE Visual Basic for Dummies', which I shall probably go on to read next, or maybe one of the other books people have recommended. Thanks for everyones help with this. So far I'm really enjoying learning VB !!

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    Re: Good book for beginners (VB/VBA/.NET)

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