- Paperback: 932 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (1 September 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0078825083
- ISBN-13: 978-0078825088
- Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 5.6 x 23.1 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,61,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Visual Basic 6 from the Ground Up Paperback – Import, 1 Sep 1998
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Build Bulletproof Programs for Windows and the Internet!
Visual Basic 6 has a lot to offer, from its new file handling objects and advanced Internet programming capabilities to its new database features. Learn to build your own commercial-quality application -- not just toy apps -- using this comprehensive, hands-on tutorial from expert author Gary Cornell, winner of the prestigious Readers' Choice Award from Visual Basic Programmer's journal. This best-selling guide for the beginning and intermediate programmer has been thoroughly revised and updated to cover the newest version of the world's #1 visual programming tool.
Using modular, step-by-step instructions, you will:
- Progress from elementary programming skills to marketable expertise.
- Learn object-oriented programming.
- Create VB Forms for use in Internet Explorer.
- Discover Visual Basic's newest database features.
- Create sophisticated event-driven programs.
- Build you own special-purpose Internet Browser.
- Use the Visual Basic environment to develop programs.
- Discover how to distribute your programs.
- Unleash the power of graphics programming , OLE, and ActiveX.
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The book is also extremely wordy. Not a good attribute for a manual like this. I think the people using this manual want to find information fast and read it fast. Instead, you have to wade through miles and miles of verbage to pick out what you need.
There are also too many tips, notes, and cautions. They get in the way. As a reader, you start ignoring them after awhile.
Mr. Cornell is obviously very knowledgeable. He provides lots of helpful hints to improve efficiency. This is just not an appropriate book for beginners.
If you want a book cramming boring code that is difficult to digest and get a feel for what is going on, this is the one for you. It starts out great holding your hand, but by page 200, I was confused with all of the different code variables and their uses with no real examples on how to put it all together.
I am on page 475 right now, and am hoping the author salvages the rest of this novel and makes me more interested and knowledgeable to help me develop an application that I can actually sell. That is what the title says, "Open this book as a Novice and finish it as a Pro." Let's hope this is the case, or Amazon will be giving me a refund.
I programmed Cobol 10-15 years ago and basic. My father has been a programmer for 30 years. So, I am not an idiot. Maybe a bit unrealistic on the time it will take to learn this stuff, but this book hasn't help me do anything yet but design the layout of my application, and I still have problems with that for different screen resolutions.
I hope other's don't have the same experience or expectations that I had. New to programming, forget this book and find one that will give you something useful, unfortunately, there probabably isn't one out there. As usual with all Microsoft products, it will probably take me 6 months to begin to figure out what the heck I am doing and watch 10s of thousands of dollars in potential profit go down the tubes while I figure out how to use VB 6 :(
Finally, you can download the code in the author's examples from the press web site. I was disappointed to find many of the examples asking for path e:\xxxx\xxx looking for a CDrom or something to load the code, ultimately not working to bring up the example. Shows me a lack of detail which I personally never overlook in my own work. These little simple mistakes that start to pile up on one another, definitely upsetting the reader and frustrating them. Like one code example to center text in a form top/bottom/side/side, well after typing the code in exactly as shown, the thing would be at the top of the page centered, not centered top/bottom. These mistakes seem far and few between luckily. But, you sit staring at the code and screen wondering if you are an imcompetent fool and can't type simple letters on the screen because of this, definitely deflating your confidence for learning this stuff in any reasonable amount of time.
I hope someone else finds this book more useful than me. But, you are sadly mistaken if you think you will pick this book up and know how to write a program that you could sell by the end.
1. For a beginner, that much information is too overwhelming; but for an experienced user, that information is useless.
2. The different parts of the IDE are explored and explained in later chapters with connection to actual situations, so the beginning chapters are unnecessary.
The author's intention was to give the readers a taste of the power win API, but the "most powerful" SendMessageA code was full of rediculous errors and it would not work at all after I fixed all the obvious ones... And the code package downloaded from osborne does not include this example. Try to reach the author himself, but could not find his website or his email address... so much for the win 32 API's...
Another problem, which may not be a problem for experienced vb programmers, is the author's frequent use of variant type functions (especially the Str() function instead of Str$()). Surely variant functions are handy, but it could lead beginners into bad programming habits.
But the book is still good. The author took time to explain the use of those common controls, and he also picked some odd controls (msFlexGrid) and explained those in details. Later on, he went into topics such as building context sensitive helps, database and SQL's, ActiveX, and Pack-n-Deploy wizard.