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Sams Teach Yourself Visual Basic 6 in 21 Days

Title Sams Teach Yourself Visual Basic 6 in 21 Days
Author Greg M. Perry
Publisher   Sams

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Visual Basic programming techniques are presented in a logical and easy-to-follow sequence that helps you really understand the principles involved in developing programs. The reader begins with learning the basics to write a first program and then moves on to adding voice, music, sound, and graphics. After reading this book, the reader will be able to write their own DLLs, create ActiveX controls, use object linking and embedding (OLE) and write Visual Basic programs that support multiple document interface, and much more. Various topics covered are: - Properties, Controls, and Objects - Graphics, Controls & Methods - Interfacing with Windows - Arrays, OLE, and other topics - Data Control and SQL - Multiple Document Interface - ActiveX- Sound Programming and DirectSound - Building ActiveX Controls and all the latest features of Visual Basic.

Customer Reviews: 

I'd recommend it to ANY beginner to intermediate programmer., February 28, 1999
Reviewer: J. Chambers ( from Southern California, USA
I purchased this book as a relatively new vb programmer. I'd had Visual Basic 6 for 3 days, and i already knew most of the very Basics of Visual Basic programming. With this book, however, i learned about so many more functions not obviously available without reading through all of the documentation. I learned about arrays and the Windows API and saving data and a lot more. Without this book I would still be at stage one. Since reading it, i've programmed a 2 applications, a game and an addressbook program, and they are great! By the way, it says "21 days", but I had finished several "days" in one day, and it really is much faster. Another nice thing about this book was that though it did provide source code, i didn't have to be sitting at the computer while reading to understand the concepts. I still use this book constantly as a reference. It is great for new programmers.

Good beginning, then falls apart., February 14, 2001
Reviewer: A reader from New York, New York USA
I had read Perry's Teach Yourself Programming in 24 hours and found that to be a good INTRODUCTION to programming. That book got me interested in attempting Visual Basic. The first 7 chapters of this book are fun. But then Chapter 8 comes along and Perry starts going into advanced theory that totally lost me. If he had some better examples of what he was talking about, it might have helped. I jumped to Chapter 9 which at first seemed to pick up where Chapter 7 left off, but even that jumped way ahead of the level that Chapter 7 left off. I threw the book out.

Good 4 a Microsoft Newbie, not if you're new to programming, February 8, 2001
Reviewer: Dan Horne  from Auckland, Auckland New Zealand
I come from an Oracle server-side (typically UNIX) development background, but decided it was time to give a Microsoft environment a go. I've been methodically going through this book, and have found it quite useful. Newbies to programming in any form may find it a bit tough going, as the concepts of control properties aren't explained very well at the start. As I don't come from a GUI event-driven background, I had to fill in a few gaps, but it's not too hard.

Having said that, I've found the "projects" to be useful, although there are mistakes in the code. The text is good enough to enable you to figure out how to fix them, but the need should never have arisen.

A major plus: the writing style is clear and doesn't patronize the reader. The first 21 days are a bit light by themselves, but the "bonus" week provides the depth needed to round out the book.

Hope Larry doesn't hate me for going to the dark side, but Bill's client-side tools are a little more compelling than Developer 2000 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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