This is an e-book which gives an introduction to programming in Visual basic 6.0. for the undergraduate or graduate student wanting to understand what programming is all about..
Type of Material:
Downloadable PDF file.
Introductory programming class
Ability to download an e-book as a PDF, ability to use the internet, and ability to download software.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
How to program with Visual Basic
Target Student Population:
College-level students, continuing education, college upper level students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
None, other than a basic understanding of how to use a computer i.e. keyboard and mouse.
The layout of the book and the content allows for a good learning experience.
The associated website for answering questions is a good resource for the Visual Basic learner.
The web site from which the book is downloaded (bookboon.com) apparently inserts advertisements throughout the pages of the textbook. This may be inappropriate in some circumstances, such as adopting the book as a required textbook in a course. Even if it is adopted, it's helpful to include other resources. Students must be warned to ignore advertisements.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Content is logically laid out with each concept building on the previous concept. Each concept is also clearly illustrated with screenshots so that students can quickly note if they're performing the exercises correctly. The Website resources offer the additional support for the programming student.
Students who are interested in learning programming also need the Visual Basic software. This has to be stressed to the potential student. The book is free and well written, however, the ads are distracting.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The approach of the textbook makes it easy for the student to quickly run and troubleshoot Visual Basic code.
Students needing additional help will have to visit the web for additional information. This is both a plus and a concern.
Other Issues and Comments:
This is a high-quality textbook that provides students with a straight-forward path toward understanding Visual Basic, as well as generally good programming practices. But the advertisements inserted throughout the text are distracting and give the book an unprofessional look. It cannot be used on its own in a course. Also, this material requires a background in math and logic.
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