Published: November 25, 2013
ISBN: 978-0735667044
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Length: 698 pages

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Microsoft Visual Basic 2013 Step by Step

The classic Visual Basic programming primer from Microsoft Press, updated for Visual Studio 2013 and mobile phone development.

Halvorson’s Visual Basic Step by Step programming series has sold over 600,000 copies since its debut in 1995, making it one of the best-selling VB primers of all time.

This latest edition is updated for the Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 Professional and Enterprise Edition products. The book offers hands-on instruction in user interface design, object-oriented programming, the Visual Basic.Net language, and the powerful tools in Visual Studio, one of the leading platforms in software development.

Halvorson’s tutorial is designed for experienced computer users who have written programs in the past, but not necessarily VB programs or Windows applications. Visual Basic 2013 Step by Step is also a “multi-platform” book and tutorial, meaning that it provides instruction for creating Windows Store apps (with their unique, modular design), traditional Windows Forms apps, web-aware ASP.NET apps, and mobile programs designed for Windows Phone 8 and other smart phones.


“Dr. Michael Halvorson is very good at writing about Basic and Visual Basic programming. His explanations of both the programing language and software mechanics are very understandable.” -KBS (

“An excellent book on Visual Basic 2013. If you are not familiar with the .NET framework, this book will go a long way in helping you understand it. Once I started reading the book it was hard to put down. The author writes with an engaging style and gives plenty of examples that work.” -Terry W. (

“One of the first books on VB 2013 and is very well done. It covers information for beginners as well as seasoned developers who need info about the new product.” -John W. (

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