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Visual Basic Books Reviews

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Visual Basic 6

Title The Complete Idiot's Guide to Visual Basic 6
Authors Clayton Walnum, Rob Bernavich
Publisher   Que

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This book will show the reader the basics of Visual Basic through friendly, task oriented examples and a hands on approach. This book and series is specifically designed for the new Visual Basic user and the tasks that they will want to accomplish. The text is written in a straight-forward conversational tone with detailed instructions outlining important tasks you need to get the most from Visual Basic. Topics include: Events, variables, arrays, forms, classes and modules; Visual Basic design environment; Message Box Object and Input Box Object; BAS Modules; File Input and Output; Graphics and Multimedia; Controls and Properties; Levels, Buttons, and Text Boxes; Looping; List Boxes and Data Lists; Menus; Toolbars; and Distributing Your Application.

Synopsis
Covering general concepts of Visual Basic, this book offers a plain-English approach that is easy to read and fun to use. Novices will gain the knowledge to create, test, and run VB programs and distribute their applications.



Customer Reviews: 

A Fine Complementary Book, May 1, 1999
Reviewer: A reader from Chandler, Arizona

I picked up The Complete Idiot's Guide to VB 6 at the library after having gone through part of Learn to Program with Visual Basic 6 by John Smiley, and, when I sat down to read it (not at my computer, but just for the fun of it), I kept saying, "Oh, THAT'S what that meant!" I'm brand new to any kind of computer programming and, while I gained some knowledge from Dr. Smiley's book, it took this book to really make some of the concepts clear to me. Had I started with this one, I'm not sure that I would feel the same way, but I would strongly recommend this book as an adjunct to other books on this same subject. We don't just buy (or borrow) one book on a subject this big, do we?


Nice intro to VB, not a lot of substance.,
April 21, 1999
Reviewer: A reader from Nashville, TN
I bought this book as a whim (on sale at Sam's Club) and immmediately set down to read the book.

On the plus side, the writing style is very easy to read. It also presents concepts in an easy to grasp manner. If you have been having problems getting the basics of VB6, then this could be the book for you.

However, if you want to get past the basic concepts, I would suggest another book. While the material is easy to grasp and may give you the jump start you need to get rolling, it will also leave you wanting for more. This might be a good thing.


Disregard the comments that should not apply, February 17, 2001
Reviewer: Lawrence Ritchie from Yokosuka Japan
...this book is fun to read, yet it still manages to introduce the most useful tasks in VB. Each of the 26 chapters is short enough to keep you on your toes and long enough to give you a sense of accomplishment at the end.

Be aware that this book is written for people new to programming in general. I found the "Programmer's Guide" on the VB6 CDROM too technical but this book made much more sense. The author throws in lots of jokes to make the new concepts and technical terms more fun to learn....

If you've never programmed before and want to make a start, buy this book, which includes a "working model" of VB6 on CD.


Buy It, October 10, 2000
Reviewer: Clete Rivers Blackwell 2  from Elgin, SC United States
I bought this book a year ago after my cousin showed me something about if/then statments. I read this book and I know a ton about it!This book is great for someone like me, who knew nothing about programming!

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