Tim Patrick

  • @thewellreadman

Orange County, California

Areas of Expertise:

  • Visual Basic
  • C#
  • ADO.NET

Tim Patrick is a software architect and developer with over 30 years of experience in designing and building custom software solutions. A Microsoft MVP and Microsoft Certified Solution Developer, Tim has published seven books on software development, along with several articles. His books include Visual Basic 2005 Cookbook and Programming Visual Basic 2008, both by O'Reilly.

Beyond software development, Tim writes articles and books on non-technical topics. Visit his home page at wellreadman.com.

Programming Visual Basic 2008 Programming Visual Basic 2008
by Tim Patrick
May 2008
Print: $49.99
Ebook: $39.99

Visual Basic 2005 Cookbook Visual Basic 2005 Cookbook
by Tim Patrick, John Clark Craig
September 2006
Print: $49.99
Ebook: $39.99

Visual Basic 2005 in a Nutshell Visual Basic 2005 in a Nutshell
by Tim Patrick, Steven Roman, Ron Petrusha, Paul Lomax
Third Edition January 2006
Print: $49.99
Ebook: $39.99

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Guantanamo Swappable Prisoner Supply Reaches Historic Low

June 11 2014

Humor Article: Guantanamo Swappable Prisoner Supply Reaches Historic Low read more

Apple Speaks a New Language

June 04 2014

Apple announced Swift, a new computer programming language, at its Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this week. read more

Review: Operation Mincemeat

May 28 2014

Review of the book Operation Mincemeat, by Ben MacIntyre read more

Revolution, BASICally

May 14 2014

This month marks the fiftieth anniversary of the BASIC computer programming language. Viva la revolución! read more

The Stupidest College Graduates in the World

May 07 2014

Rutgers university asked former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to speak at its commencement ceremony. Insanity ensued. read more

Gabriel García Márquez

April 26 2014

Gabriel García Márquez, an author of one of The Well-Read Man Project's books, has died. read more

Book Review: Still the Best Hope

April 07 2014

America is a uniquely blessed nation. In terms of natural resources, cultural diversity, and basic liberty, the United States has experienced a short yet rich life unparalleled by any other country throughout history. Many citizens see these blessings as something to share with other peoples, making real the “City on… read more

Read Real Microsoft Source Code!

March 29 2014

Back in the mid-1990s, I attended an event on the Microsoft campus, and happened to overhear a conversation between two engineers who worked on the company’s popular Excel product. The more experienced programmer was offering advice and guidance to a new recruit, and part of the discussion included a warning… read more

"An excellent book for the basis of clear and ADO.NET Entity Framework, easy to read and follow."
--Luigi Zambetti, Dotnethell.it

"Visual Basic (VB) 2005 Cookbook is an excellent quick solution guide for common VB programming tasks beyond the standard or basic programming routines...The book is broken up into common sense sections and each section gets to the heart of the matter quickly. Each problem listed includes a brief description of what's to be accomplished and then provides code samples for actually completing the task. As a side benefit, the book is also available through the Safari system at the O'Reilly site. Having been in the computer industry for 20+ years, I've always found O'Reilly books to hit the mark when looking for information; VB 2005 Cookbook is no exception! I highly recommend this book. "
--Tim Polito, Chautaqua Cyber Club, Inc.

"This book has got something for everybody from beginners to advanced developers. It's got a lot of time saving solutions to the development problems that you will face. You can also call it a code library with good documented code that you can use in your development. It's the sort of book that can keep handy next to your workstation (you never know when you are in a fix and you need it or you can just pick it up to learn something new that you can use later)."
--MSS, Wellington Windows Mobile User Group

"The authors provide coding recipes for accomplishing many common tasks that can save programmers many hours of work. There are more than 300 recipes that Visual Basic programmers may encounter on a regular basis. Reusable code snippets can be downloaded so that readers can apply the examples that are described in detail in the book. Solutions cover a variety of programming topics, from string and number manipulations to animations, cryptography, and matrix transformations."
--Michael Kleper, The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing