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Microsoft® Visual Basic® 2010 Developer’s Handbook by Klaus Löffelmann and Sarika Calla Purohit

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Introduction

When someone asks me what I do for a living, I don’t really know what to say. That might be because some 25 years ago I wrote my first book, Programming Graphics for the Commodore 128, (in German, and out of print) at age 16, when it was uncool, freaky, geeky, and nerdy to even work with computers at all, much less to write about programming them. Perhaps that feeling is etched on my memory and helps explain why the answer still causes me some embarrassment. “I write technical books about software development,” also sounds a bit out-of-touch with the real world, doesn’t it?

It isn’t quite that bad nowadays, because the truth is, it’s not just about writing anymore. The small company I own (ActiveDevelop—there are ten of us working ...

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