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Visual Basic 2010 How to Program, 5th Edition


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Signature “Live Code™ Approach” – Language features are presented in the context of a wide variety of complete working programs.

  • Features thousands of lines of code in hundreds of complete working programs.
  • Enables students to confirm that programs run as expected.
  • Students can also download the code from the book's Companion Website (www.pearsonhighered.com/deitel) or from the author's website (www.deitel.com).

Outstanding, consistent, and applied pedagogy:

  • Icons throughout identify Software Engineering Observations; Good Programming Practices; Common Programming Errors; Portability Tips; Performance Tips, Testing and Debugging Tips, and Look-and-Feel Observations.
  • Full-color presentation, including syntax coloring, code highlighting, and extensive comments.

Includes an optional case study on object-oriented design with UML. Walks students through a system design that is clear to OOD and UML novices, while still demonstrating key OOD concepts and related UML modeling techniques.

Hundreds of interactive self-review questions and programming exercises. Includes both simple and complex exercises that can easily be tailored to the needs of specific courses and instructors.


  • DVD
    A collection of engaging videos that support the concepts and techniques discussed in the text.
  • Test Bank
    A chapter-by-chapter set of question that can be used by the instructor for quizzes or made available to the student for self-study.
  • PowerPoint
    A comprehensive set of PowerPoint slides, including of all figures and tables in the text, can be used by instructors for class presentations or by students for lecture preview or review.
  • Solutions Manual
    Solutions to end-of-chapter Review Questions and Problems.
  • Companion Website www.pearsonhighered.com/deitel
    A collection of valuable teaching and learning resources for instructors and students.
  • VideoNotes are step-by-step video tutorials specifically designed to enhance the programming concepts presented in Deitel, Visual Basic 2010 How to Program, 5e. Students can view the entire problem-solving process outside of the classroom—when they need help the most. VideoNotes are available with the purchase of a new copy of select titles. Go to www.pearsonhighered.com/videonotes for a brief VideoNotes demo.

Distinguished Authors
Paul J. Deitel, CEO and Chief Technical Officer of Deitel & Associates, Inc., is a graduate of MIT’s Sloan School of Management, where he studied InformationTechnology. He holds the Java Certified Programmer and Java Certified Developer certifications, and has been designated by Sun Microsystems as a Java Champion. Through Deitel & Associates, Inc., he has delivered Java, C, C++, C# and Visual Basic courses to industry clients, including IBM, Sun Microsystems, Dell, Lucent Technologies, Fidelity, NASA at the Kennedy Space Center, the National Severe Storm Laboratory, White Sands Missile Range, Rogue Wave Software, Boeing, Stratus, Cambridge Technology Partners, Open Environment Corporation, One Wave, Hyperion Software, Adra Systems, Entergy, CableData Systems, Nortel Networks, Puma, iRobot, Invensys and many more. He has also lectured on Java and C++ for the Boston Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery. He and his father, Dr. Harvey M. Deitel, are the world’s best-selling programming language textbook authors.

Dr. Harvey M. Deitel, Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer of Deitel & Associates, Inc., has 45 years of academic and industry experience in the computer field. Dr. Deitel earned B.S. and M.S. degrees from the MIT and a Ph.D. from Boston University. He has 20 years of college teaching experience, including earning tenure and serving as the Chairman of the Computer Science Department at Boston College before founding Deitel & Associates, Inc., with his son, Paul J. Deitel. He and Paul are the co-authors of several dozen books and multimedia packages and they are writing many more. With translations published in Japanese, German, Russian, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean, French, Polish, Italian, Portuguese, Greek, Urdu and Turkish, the Deitels’ texts have earned international recognition. Dr. Deitel has delivered hundreds of professional seminars to major corporations, academic institutions, government organizations and the military.


  • Copyright 2011
  • Edition: 5th
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-215213-4
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-215213-6

Visual Basic 2010 How to Program is appropriate for all basic-to-intermediate level courses in Visual Basic 2010 programming.

Created by world-renowned programming instructors Paul and Harvey Deitel, Visual Basic 2010 How to Program, Fifth Edition introduces all facets of the Visual Basic 2010 language through a hands-on approach with hundreds of working programs. This book has been thoroughly updated to reflect the major innovations Microsoft has incorporated in Visual Basic 2010 and .NET 4.0; all discussions and sample code have been carefully audited against the newest Visual Basic language specification. The many new platform features covered in depth in this edition include: LINQ data queries, Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), ASP.NET Ajax and the Microsoft Ajax Library, Silverlight-based rich Internet application development, and creating Web services with Windows Communication Foundation (WCF). New language features introduced in this edition: object anonymous types, object initializers, implicitly typed local variables and arrays, delegates, lambda expressions, and extension methods.

Students begin by getting comfortable with the free Visual Basic Express 2010 IDE and basic VB syntax included on the CD. Next, they build their skills one step at a time, mastering control structures, classes, objects, methods, variables, arrays, and the core techniques of object-oriented programming. With this strong foundation in place, the Deitels introduce more sophisticated techniques, including inheritance, polymorphism, exception handling, strings, GUI's, data structures, generics, and collections. Throughout, the authors show developers how to make the most of Microsoft’s Visual Studio tools. A series of appendices provide essential programming reference material on topics ranging from number systems to the Visual Studio Debugger, UML 2 to Unicode and ASCII.

Sample Content

Online Sample Chapter

Introduction to Problem Solving and Control Statements in Visual Basic 2010

Table of Contents

Introduction to Visual Basic (in the printed book)

  1. Introduction to Computers, the Internet and Visual Basic
  2. Dive Into® Visual Basic Express 2010/li>
  3. Introduction to Visual Basic Programming
  4. Introduction to Problem Solving and Control Statements
  5. Problem Solving and Control Statements: Part 2
  6. Methods
  7. Arrays
  8. Files
  9. Object-Oriented Programming: Classes and Objects 
  10. Object-Oriented Programming: Inheritance and Polymorphism
  11. Introduction to LINQ
  12. Databases and LINQ
  13. Web App Development with ASP.NET
  14. Windows Form GUI: A Deeper Look
  15. Graphics and Multimedia


  1. Operator Precedence Chart.
  2. Primitive Types. 
  3. Number Systems.
  4. ASCII Character Set.
  5. Unicode®.

Index (of the printed book)

Companion Website Online Content
Chapters 16—27 and Appendix F are PDF documents posted online at the book’s Companion Website (located at www.pearsonhighered.com/deitel).
16. Exception Handling: A Deeper Look
17. Strings and Characters: A Deeper Look
18. Files and Streams: A Deeper Look
19. GUI with Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF)
20. WPF Graphics and Multimedia
21. XML and LINQ to XML
22. Web App Development with ASP.NET: A Deeper Look
23. Web Services
24. Silverlight and Rich Internet Applications
25. Collections and Generics
26. ATM Case Study, Part 1:Object-Oriented Design with the UML
27. ATM Case Study, Part 2: Implementing an Object-Oriented Design
F. Creating Console Applications


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