Visual Basic 2008 For Dummies
There are a lot of questions about Visual Basic.NET 2005 For Dummies and Visual Basic.NET 2008 For Dummies and the use of Northwind for the samples. At the time of publication Northwind was still a common sample database for SQL Server, however it has been totally replaced by AdventureWorks. However, you can get the samples still, from this link: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?familyid=06616212-0356-46a0-8da2-eebc53a68034&displaylang=en
Pinal Dave of SQL Authority has written an excellent tutorial of how to install the sample database here: http://blog.sqlauthority.com/2007/06/15/sql-server-2005-northwind-database-or-adventureworks-database-samples-databases-part-2/
Future editions of this book series will refer to AdventureWorks, or the latest and greatest at that time, if it changes again.
The code sample files are available on the downloads tab on this site.