Whose the dummy now?

I’ve got a confession to make

I’ve always looked “down my nose” at the for dummies series of books

I judged the book by it’s cover and decided i wouldn’t learn anything from them without actually taking a proper look at the content

How wrong was i……

After my post last week that talked about giving up what was left in the developer part of me i went home and had a cry (not really but i’m going for dramatic effect) then remembered a post i’d seen called “How to learn any subject in seven days”

The basic idea is that you buy two books

The for dummies version and then something else that is a little more comprehensive

The first book eases you into it and gives you enough knowledge to get going where you can then move onto the more detailed reference when your comfortable with the basics

I’ve actually tried to get into Visual Basic .Net several times but struggled with some concepts that are probably quite simple but i’d got the whole VB6 thing going on in my head (what do mean Using System.Web ?)

So I went to Amazon and got these two

Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition for Dummies

Visual Basic 2005 Express Edition for Dummies

Last night i installed Visual Web Developer and hit the first five chapters and it all fell into place

While i wont be coding the next ShockeyMonkey anytime soon i’ve made a start and i’ve got loads of ideas that i’m looking forward to trying out

I do sometimes struggle to find books that are pitched at the right level but this experience has given me a broader view

for dummies….i’m sorry, can we be friends?

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Andy Parkes is Technical Director at Coventry based IT support company IBIT Solutions. Formerly, coordinator of AMITPRO and Microsoft Partner Area Lead for 2012-2013. He also isn't a fan of describing himself in the third person.

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