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Murach’s Visual Basic 2015

by Anne Boehm
26 chapters, 904 pages, 392 illustrations
Published November 2016
ISBN 978-1-890774-98-1
List price: $57.50

This is the latest edition of a book that’s become a favorite of instructors in programs with a career-oriented curriculum...and of their students as well. Since it works for both introductory and advanced courses, some schools use it for a two- or three-course sequence.

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Book description

Section 1: Introduction to program development

The 3 chapters of section 1 provide a quick start in using Visual Studio to develop Windows Forms applications. In particular, these chapters focus on the skills for designing forms and entering code. These are essential skills your students need to get the most out of Visual Studio.

Section 2: Language essentials

The 9 chapters of section 2 present a professional subset of Visual Basic that includes all of the core programming skills for developing business applications.

That includes the best techniques for handling exceptions, validating data, and debugging applications. And that includes a chapter on how to create and use business and database classes so your students’ applications will be object-oriented.

Section 3: Database programming

The 4 chapters of section 3 present the essential skills for developing applications that work with databases.

That includes using Visual Studio’s data sources feature to develop database applications quickly and easily. It also includes the basic skills for using ADO.NET code to work with databases.

Section 4: Object-oriented programming

In chapter 12 of section 2, students learn how to create and use business and database classes so they can develop object-oriented applications. Then, the 4 chapters in this section can be used to present a professional skill set for creating and using classes. Because some of these skills aren’t usually required of VB application programmers, you may want to be selective about which of these chapters or portions of chapters you assign.

Section 5: More skills for working with data

The 4 chapters of section 5 present some additional skills for developing applications that work with data. That includes (1) skills for working with text, binary, and XML files; (2) the basic skills for using LINQ to query a data structure; and (3) an introduction to using the Entity Framework to work with database data through an Entity Data Model.

You can decide which of these chapters you want to include in your course. And you can assign them in the sequence that works best for you, as long as you cover LINQ before going on to the Entity Framework.

Section 6: Enhancement and deployment

The 2 chapters in the last section of the book add some professional polish to your students’ VB skills. One shows how to enhance a user interface with features like menus and toolbars, while the other presents options for deploying applications.

Like the chapters in section 5, you can decide how much of this material to assign and in what sequence.

What courses this book can be used for

This is the latest edition of a book that’s become a favorite of instructors in programs with a career-oriented curriculum...and of their students as well. And it works for both introductory and advanced courses, so some schools use it for a two- or three-course sequence.

Introductory courses

For introductory courses, this book differs from those like Bradley/Millspaugh or Zak because it gives your students a practical view of how Windows Forms applications are developed in the real world.

By the time your students complete chapter 7, for example, they will be able to develop bulletproof applications that do data validation and exception handling. And by the time they complete chapter 12, they’ll be able to develop object-oriented applications.

Advanced courses

For advanced courses, you’re going to be hard-pressed to find a better book:

  • In sections 1 and 2, your students can review the essential skills that they often don’t learn in introductory courses that use other books.
  • In section 3, your students can learn how to develop Windows database applications.
  • In section 4, your students can learn all of the intricacies of object-oriented programming.
  • In section 5, your students can learn how to work with other types of data. This section covers text, binary, and XML files, how to query data using LINQ, and how to start using the Entity Framework.
  • In section 6, your students can polish their professional skills by learning how to enhance the user interface and deploy an application.

And because sections 3-6 are modular, you can teach the subjects in whatever sequence you prefer.

Book features

Like all our books, this one has features that you won’t find in competing books. That’s why we believe that your students will learn faster and better with our book than with any other. Here are just two of those features.

  • Unlike some Visual Basic books, this book shows your students how to get the most from Visual Studio 2015. Since using the features of this IDE is one of the keys to development productivity, this also helps your students get more value out of the exercises and projects.
  • Unlike most Visual Basic books that are used for introductory courses, our book shows how to develop real-world applications. In the first two sections, for example, the students learn how to create bulletproof applications with data validation...and many books never get to that level.

“There’s too much content for my course”

That’s a complaint we sometimes hear about our books, and we realize it may be an issue with a 900-page book!

Remember, though, that the modular structure of this book lets you assign just the content that you want for your course, whether it’s a beginning or advanced course. Remember too that all our books are priced fairly so students not only buy them, but keep them for use on the job later on. In fact, at $57.50, your students are likely to get their money back many times over in job opportunities and pay raises.

As one instructor put it: “The other comment I receive from my students is twofold: first, even if I cannot completely finish a Murach book in class, they know they can; and second, they find them a great, easy-to-use resource if they need to look up how to do a specific task at a later time.”

Presentation options

After your students complete the first 12 chapters of this book (sections 1 and 2), you can continue with any of the other sections. This works because these sections are written as independent modules that require only the first 12 chapters as a prerequisite. In addition, the chapters in sections 4, 5, and 6 are independent of each other, so they can be taught in any order. That’s what we mean by “modularity,” and that lets you create the course that’s right for your students.

The main points here are that (1) you don’t need to teach the chapters in sequence and (2) you get to decide the focus of your course. If, for example, you want to emphasize database programming, assign all of section 3. If you want to emphasize the complexities of object-oriented programming, assign all of section 4. And if you don’t have time for all of the chapters, you can assign selected chapters from sections 3, 4, 5, and 6....that can make a great introductory course.

What’s new in this edition

Frankly, not much has changed when it comes to using Visual Basic and Visual Studio to develop Windows applications. That means that it will be easy to upgrade to this edition if you’ve been using a previous edition.

However, we have added material on Live Code Analysis, CodeLens, interpolated strings, the null-conditional operator, and multi-line string literals, all new in VS 2015. We’ve added material on extension methods and lambda expressions (both now covered in the LINQ chapter). We’ve added an introductory chapter on the Entity Framework. And we’ve dropped the chapter on developing Windows 8 apps.

What software your students need for this book

To develop Windows Forms applications with Visual Basic 2015, you can have your students use one of the following:

    • Visual Studio 2015 Community Edition; this is the FREE edition that can be downloaded from Microsoft’s website
    • Professional Edition or Enterprise Edition of Visual Studio 2015; these editions are designed for development teams and are priced accordingly

These editions all come with everything your students need to develop the Windows Forms applications presented in this book. That includes the Visual Studio development environment, version 4.6 of the Microsoft .NET Framework, Visual Basic 2015, and a simplified version of SQL Server called SQL Server Express LocalDB.

We used the Professional Edition as the basis for this book, but you’ll find that there are a few differences in the Community Edition. For example, CodeLens and InstallShield aren’t available in the Community Edition. Overall, though, these differences don’t affect how you develop Visual Basic applications. So all of the skills your students learn and all of the applications they develop with the Community Edition will still work with the other editions of Visual Studio.

Appendix A of the book shows your students how to install any of the Visual Studio 2015 editions on their own PCs.

     

What people say about this book

“Murach’s Visual Basic 2015 is an excellent book and I have no reservations in recommending it to programmers on any level. I feel that the paired page format is particularly suited to those learning a new language but I also feel that the book would serve just as equally as a valuable reference tool for more experienced programmers.
     “I own number of books published by Murach, and in my opinion they consistently offer a superior product at an affordable price. You can't go wrong with Murach.”
- Patrick Byrne, Lower Alabama .NET User Group

“I highly recommend this book. I have taken some video courses on Visual Basic, and I have learned some things from them, but this book really feels in the gaps. I like the structure of the book with the reading on the left side and the code examples and summary details on the right side. Anyone who is new to programming should consider this book.”
- Posted at an online bookseller

“It's gotten to the point now where I FIRST check for a title by Murach's before I get a reference book. This latest title I purchased to beef up my skills going from VBA to VB.NET. It is a life saver.”
- Posted at an online bookseller

“Murach’s Visual Basic 2015 is a phenomenal teaching and working aid—it is clearly written, giving great examples, and explaining the oddities you sometimes encounter as you go along.
     “But wait…there’s more to it than first meets the eye. While the book IS, as the title implies, predominately aimed at teaching Visual Basic 2015, it is so well done that it can also help teach how to work with numerous more esoteric, yet vital, topics in other languages. Examples of this abound: you’ll find in-depth sections dealing with database programming, inheritance, data streams, XML files, LINQ, and more.
     “I heartily recommend that you do put a copy of this volume on your bookshelf even if most of your work is in another language. This is a great book for teaching and if you’re a programmer, sooner or later, one way or another, it WILL pay for itself.”
- Wallace Allison, ITSBITS.com

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Section 1 Introduction to Visual Basic programming

Chapter 1 How to get started with Visual Studio

An introduction to .NET development

.NET applications

Visual Studio and the .NET programming languages

The .NET Framework

The Visual Studio IDE

How a Visual Basic application is compiled and run

How Visual Basic differs from the other .NET languages

A tour of the Visual Studio IDE

How to start Visual Studio

How to open or close an existing project

Some possible menu variations

How to use the Form Designer

How to use the Code Editor

How to use the Solution Explorer

How to work with Visual Studio’s windows

How to test a project

How to build a project

How to run a project

How to upgrade projects and change .NET Framework versions

How to upgrade projects created in earlier versions of Visual Basic

How to change the .NET Framework version used by a project

Chapter 2  How to design a Windows Forms application

How to set options and create a new project

How to set the Visual Studio options

How to change the environment settings

How to create a new project

How to design a form

The design of the Invoice Total form

How to add controls to a form

How to set properties

Common properties for forms and controls

How to add navigation features

The property settings for the Invoice Total form

How to use Document Outline view

How to name and save the files of a project

How to name the files of a project

How to save the files of a project

Chapter 3  How to code and test a Windows Forms application

An introduction to coding

Introduction to object-oriented programming

How to refer to properties, methods, and events

How an application responds to events

How to add code to a form

How to create an event handler for the default event of a form or control

How IntelliSense helps you enter the code for a form

Coding rules for Visual Basic statements

The event handlers for the Invoice Total form

How to code with a readable style

How to code comments

How to detect and correct syntax errors

More skills for working with code

How to use the toolbar buttons

How to collapse or expand code

How to zoom in and out

How to highlight symbols

How to print the source code

How to use code snippets

How to refactor code

How to perform quick actions with light bulbs

How to use the annotations in the scroll bar

How to use the My feature

How to get help information

How to run, test, and debug a project

How to run a project

How to test a project

How to debug runtime errors

Section 2 The Visual Basic language essentials

Chapter 4  How to work with numeric and string data

How to work with the built-in value types

The built-in value types

How to declare and initialize variables

How to declare and initialize constants

How to code arithmetic expressions

How to code assignment statements

How to work with the order of precedence

How to use casting

How to change the type semantics

How to use the Math class

How to work with strings

How to declare and initialize a string

How to join and append strings

How to convert data types

The .NET structures and classes that define data types

How to use Visual Basic functions to convert data types

How to use methods of the .NET data structures to convert data types

How to use methods of the Convert class to convert data types

How to use three of the formatting functions

How to use methods to convert numbers to formatted strings

Three more skills for working with data

How to work with scope

How to declare and use enumerations

How to work with nullable types

Two versions of the Invoice Total application

The basic Invoice Total application

The enhanced Invoice Total application

Chapter 5  How to code control structures

How to code Boolean expressions

How to use the relational operators

How to use the logical operators

How to code conditional statements

How to code If statements

How to code Select Case statements

An enhanced version of the Invoice Total application

How to code loops

How to code For loops

How to code Do loops

How to use Exit and Continue statements

Debugging techniques for programs with loops

The Future Value application

The design and property settings for the form

The code for the form

Chapter 6  How to code procedures and event handlers

How to code and call procedures

How to code Sub procedures

How to call Sub procedures

When and how to pass arguments by reference and by value

How to code and call Function procedures

How to use optional parameters

How to use refactoring to create a new procedure and its calling statement

How to work with events

How to start an event handler for any event

How to handle multiple events with one event handler

How to use the Code Editor to start an event handler

How to add and remove event wiring

Another version of the Future Value application

The Function procedure

The event handlers

Chapter 7  How to handle exceptions and validate data

An introduction to data validation and exception handling

How to use the IsNumeric function for data validation

How to display a dialog box for error messages

How exception handling works

How to use structured exception handling

How to catch an exception

How to use the properties and methods of an exception

How to catch specific types of exceptions

How to throw an exception

The Future Value application with exception handling

How to validate data

How to validate a single entry

How to use generic procedures to validate an entry

How to validate multiple entries

The Future Value application with data validation

The dialog boxes

The code

Two other ways to validate data

How to use the Validating event

How to use the masked text box

Chapter 8 How to work with arrays and collections

How to work with one-dimensional arrays

How to create an array

How to assign values to the elements of an array

How to use For loops to work with arrays

How to use For Each loops to work with arrays

How to work with rectangular arrays

How to create a rectangular array

How to assign values to a rectangular array

How to work with rectangular arrays

How to work with jagged arrays

How to create a jagged array

How to assign values to a jagged array

How to work with jagged arrays

More skills for working with arrays

How to use the Array class

How to refer to, copy, and resize arrays

How to code procedures that work with arrays

How to use the null-conditional operator

How to work with collections

Commonly used collection classes

Typed vs. untyped collections

How to work with a list

How to work with a sorted list

How to work with queues and stacks

How to work with an array list

Chapter 9 How to work with dates and strings

How to work with dates and times

How to create a DateTime value

How to get the current date and time

How to format DateTime values

How to get information about dates and times

How to perform operations on dates and times

How to use Visual Basic properties and functions to work with dates and times

How to work with strings

The properties and methods of the String class

Code examples that work with strings

More examples that work with strings

How to use the Parse and TryParse methods to validate numeric entries

How to use the StringBuilder class

How to use Visual Basic functions to work with strings

How to format numbers, dates, and times

How to format numbers

How to format dates and times

How to use interpolated strings

Chapter 10 More skills for working with Windows forms and controls

How to work with controls

Five more types of controls

How to work with combo boxes and list boxes

How to work with check boxes and radio buttons

How to work with group boxes

How to use Tab Order view to set the tab order

How to get the information you need for using a control

How to work with multi-form projects

How to add a form to a project

How to rename a form

How to change the startup form for a project

How to display a form as a dialog box

How to pass data between a form and a custom dialog box

How to use the MessageBox class

How to display a dialog box and get the user response

How to use the FormClosing event

The Payment application

The operation

The property settings

The code for the Customer form

The code for the Payment form

Chapter 11 How to create and use classes

An introduction to classes

How classes can be used to structure an application

The members you can define within a class

The code for the Product class

How instantiation works

How to create a class

How to add a class file to a project

How to code fields

How to code standard properties

How to code auto-implemented properties

How to code methods

How to code constructors

How to code shared members

How to generate code stubs

The Product Maintenance application

The operation of the Product Maintenance application

The classes used by the Product Maintenance application

The code for the Product Maintenance application

How to browse, diagram, and display and edit classes

How to browse the classes in a solution

How to use class diagrams and the Class Details window

How to use the Peek Definition window

How to work with structures

How to create a structure

How to use a structure

Chapter 12 How to debug an application

Basic debugging techniques

How to set the debugging options

How to work in break mode

How to use the Edit and Continue feature

How to work with data tips

How to use breakpoints

How to control the execution of an application

How to use the debugging windows

How to use the Locals window to monitor variables

How to use the Autos window to monitor variables

How to use Watch windows to monitor expressions

How to use the Immediate window to execute commands

How to use the Call Stack window to monitor called procedures

How to use the Call Hierarchy window to navigate through your code

How to use the Output or Immediate window to get build

or debugging information

How use the Visualizer dialog boxes to view strings

Section 3 Database programming

Chapter 13 An introduction to database programming

An introduction to client/server systems

The hardware components of a client/server system

The software components of a client/server system

An introduction to relational databases

How a table is organized

How the tables in a database are related

How the columns in a table are defined

The design of the MMABooks database

How to use SQL to work with a relational database

How to query a single table

How to join data from two or more tables

How to add, update, and delete data in a table

An introduction to ADO.NET

The .NET data providers

How the basic ADO.NET components work

Concurrency and the disconnected data architecture

How a dataset is organized

How to work with data without using a data adapter

Two ways to create ADO.NET objects

Chapter 14 How to work with data sources and datasets

How to create a data source

How to use the Data Sources window

How to start the Data Source Configuration Wizard

How to choose a data source type

How to choose the database model for a data source

How to choose the connection for a data source

How to create a connection to a database

How to save a connection string in the App.config file

How to choose database objects for a data source

The schema file created by the Data Source Configuration Wizard

How to use a data source

How to generate a DataGridView control from a data source

A Product Maintenance application that uses a DataGridView control

How to change the controls associated with a data source

How to generate detail controls from a data source

A Customer Maintenance application that uses TextBox controls

How to handle data errors

How to handle data provider errors

How to handle ADO.NET errors

How to handle data errors for a DataGridView control

How to use the Dataset Designer

How to view the schema for a dataset

How to use the Query Builder

How to preview the data for a query

How to interpret the generated SQL statements

Chapter 15 How to work with bound controls and parameterized queries

How to work with bound text boxes and combo boxes

How to format the data displayed in a text box

How to bind a combo box to a data source

How to use code to work with a binding source

How to work with parameterized queries

How to create a parameterized query

How to use code to work with a parameterized query

How to work with the ToolStrip control

How to use the Items Collection Editor

How to code an event handler for a ToolStrip item

An enhanced Customer Maintenance application

The user interface

The code

How to work with a DataGridView control

How to modify the properties of a DataGridView control

How to edit the columns of a DataGridView control

How to format the data in the columns of a DataGridView control

How to use a DataGridView control to create a Master/Detail form

A Customer Invoice Display application

The user interface

The dataset schema

The code for the Customer Invoices form

Chapter 16 How to use ADO.NET to write your own data access code

How to work with connections and commands

How to create and work with connections

How to create and work with commands

How to create and work with parameters

How to use parameters in SQL statements

How to create parameters

How to work with parameters

How to execute commands

How to create and work with a data reader

How to execute queries that return a single value

How to execute action queries

A Customer Maintenance application that uses commands

The user interface

The class diagram for the business and database classes

The code for the CustomerDB class

The code for the StateDB class

The code for the MMABooksDB class

The code for the Customer Maintenance form

The code for the Add/Modify Customer form

Section 4 Object-oriented programming

Chapter 17 How to work with default properties, events, and operators

An introduction to the ProductList class

The code for a simple ProductList class

The specifications for the enhanced ProductList class

How to work with default properties

How to create a default property

How to throw an argument exception

How to work with events

How to define events

How to use events

How to overload operators

An introduction to operator overloading

How to overload arithmetic operators

How to overload relational operators

An enhanced version of the Product Maintenance application

The code for the ProductList class

The code for the Product Maintenance form

Chapter 18 How to work with inheritance

An introduction to inheritance

How inheritance works

How the .NET Framework uses inheritance

Methods inherited from the System.Object class

How to use inheritance in your applications

Basic skills for working with inheritance

How to create a base class

How to create a derived class

How polymorphism works

An inheritance version of the Product Maintenance application

The operation of the Product Maintenance application

The code for the Product, Book, and Software classes

The code for the ProductList class

The code for the Product Maintenance form

The code for the New Product form

Object types and casting

How to use the Type class to get information about an object’s type

How to use casting with inheritance

How to work with abstract and sealed classes

How to work with abstract classes

How to work with sealed classes

Chapter 19 How to work with interfaces and generics

How to work with interfaces

An introduction to interfaces

Some of the interfaces defined by the .NET Framework

How to create an interface

How to implement an interface

A Product class that implements the ICloneable interface

How to use an interface as a parameter

How to work with generics

How to code a class that defines a generic collection

Some of the generic interfaces defined by the .NET Framework

How to implement the IComparable() interface

How to use constraints

How to code an interface that uses generics

Chapter 20 How to organize and document your classes

How to organize your classes

How to code multiple classes in a single file

How to split a single class across multiple files

How to work with namespaces

How to document your classes

How to add XML documentation to a class

How to view the XML documentation

How to create and use class libraries

How class libraries work

How to create a class library project

How to add a reference to a class library

How to use the classes in a class library

Section 5 More skills for working with data

Chapter 21 How to work with files and data streams

An introduction to the System.IO classes

The classes for managing directories, files, and paths

How files and streams work

How to use the FileStream class

How to use the exception classes for file I/O

How to use the My.Computer.FileSystem object

How to work with text files

How to write a text file

How to read a text file

A class that works with a text file

How to work with binary files

How to write a binary file

How to read a binary file

A class that works with a binary file

Chapter 22 How to work with XML files

An introduction to XML

An XML document

XML tags, declarations, and comments

XML elements

XML attributes

How to work with the XML Editor

How to create a new XML file

How to open an existing XML file

How to edit an XML file

How to work with XML

How to use the XmlWriter class

Code that writes an XML document

How to use the XmlReader class

How the XmlReader class reads nodes

Code that reads an XML document

A class that works with an XML file

Chapter 23 How to use LINQ

Basic concepts for working with LINQ

How LINQ is implemented

Advantages of using LINQ

The three stages of a query operation

How to code query expressions

How to identify the data source for a query

How to filter the results of a query

How to sort the results of a query

How to select fields from a query

How to join data from two or more data sources

How to use extension methods and lambda expressions

How extension methods work

Extension methods used to implement LINQ functionality

How lambda expressions work

How to use lambda expressions with extension methods

A Customer Invoice application that uses generic lists

The user interface

The code for the form

A Customer Invoice application that uses a typed dataset

The dataset schema

The code for the form

Chapter 24 How to use the Entity Framework

How to create an Entity Data Model

How the Entity Framework works

How to start an Entity Data Model with the Entity Data Model Wizard

How to choose the Entity Framework version

How to choose the database objects

The Entity Data Model in the Entity Data Model Designer

How to use the Entity Data Model Designer

Basic skills for using the designer

How to use the Model Browser window

How to use the Mapping Details window

How to use LINQ to Entities

How to retrieve data from a single table

How to query across relationships

How to load related objects

How to insert, update, and delete data

How to update an existing row

How to delete an existing row

How to add a new row

How to provide for concurrency

How to use bound controls with entities

How to create an object data source

How to bind controls

A Customer Maintenance application

The user interface

The Entity Data Model

The code for the MMABooksEntity class

The code for the Customer Maintenance form

The code for the Add/Modify Customer form

Section 6 Enhancement and deployment

Chapter 25 How to enhance the user interface

Two types of user interfaces

A single-document interface (SDI)

A multiple-document interface (MDI)

How to develop SDI applications

How to use a startup form

How to use a Tab control

How to add menus to a form

How to create menus

How to set the properties that work with menu items

How to write code that works with menu items

How to develop MDI applications

How to create parent and child forms

How to write code that works with parent and child forms

How to add toolbars to a form

How to create a toolbar

How to write code that works with toolbars

How to create and use a status bar

How to create a simple status bar

How to create a status bar with multiple panels

How to work with modules

How to create and code a module

How to use a Main procedure

How to add help information

How to add tool tips

How to add context-sensitive help

Chapter 26 How to deploy an application

An introduction to deploying Windows applications

How XCopy works

How ClickOnce works

How a Setup program works

How to use XCopy

How to create a release build

How to copy the release build to the client

How to use ClickOnce

How to publish an application

How to select the files that are published

How to select the prerequisites

How to set the update options

How to set the publish options

How to install an application

How to update an application

How to create and use a Setup program

How to create an InstallShield project

How to use the InstallShield Project Assistant

How to add output files to an InstallShield project

How to create and view the installation files for a Setup program

How to use a Setup program to install an application

How to deploy database applications

Using ClickOnce deployment

Using a Setup program

Appendix A How to install and use the software for this book

How to use the downloadable files

How to install Visual Studio 2015

How to use the MMABooks database

If you aren’t already familiar with the supporting courseware that we provide for a book, please go to About our Courseware. As you will see, our courseware consists of the end-of-chapter activities in the book, the files in the student download at our retail site, and the instructor’s materials. These components provide everything that other publishers provide in a way that delivers better results.

If you are familiar with our courseware, here’s a quick summary of the courseware for this book. For a detailed description in PDF format, please read the Instructor’s Summary.

End-of-chapter activities in the book

  • Term lists
  • Practice exercises

Student download at our retail site

  • Source code and data for the applications in the book
  • Starting code and data for the exercises in the book
  • Solutions to the book exercises

Appendix A in the book gives your students complete instructions for downloading and installing these items on their PCs.

Instructor’s materials

  • Instructional objectives by chapter
  • PowerPoint slides for classroom presentations
  • Test banks in multiple formats
  • A second full set of chapter-by-chapter exercises that aren’t in the book, plus their solutions
  • Student projects and model solutions
  • The files that students can download at our retail site: (1) source code for the book applications, (2) starting code for the exercises in the book, and (3) solutions to the exercises in the book

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