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Beginning Visual Basic 6 (Wrox Press)
Release Date: June, 1998
Publisher: Wrox Press
If you have no Visual Basic experience but have a desire to learn about the language, you'll find Peter Wright's Beginning Visual Basic 6 useful. Furthermore, you'll find it useful for more than a week--the author covers advanced problems as well as language fundamentals. He begins with some introductory information about the development environment's interface and moves on to key aspects of the language, such as graphical controls, variables, arrays, loops, and other control structures. The book then explores different kinds of resources, one at a time, before ending with a series of case studies. Throughout, Wright's style is clear and informed. He often inserts a program's source code into his commentary and then proceeds to examine it in depth. This Talmudic approach proves quite enlightening. His examples aren't overly academic, either. For example, you'll find a database-aware program to manage a library's collection in the text. Indeed, database programming--the bread and butter of professional Visual Basic programmers--is covered very well. Coverage of ActiveX control creation, one of Visual Basic 6's most important features, isn't as lavish as that of other topics, but real-life Visual Basic development still focuses on stand-alone applications, after all. --David Wall
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Not too hard, not too easy, but just right!
Posted by Michael G Theemling on 6/16/2000
I browsed through gobs of VB6 books with a background in programming, but knew jack about VB. Most fell into one of 2 categories. The first explaning too much about coding and logic flow and not enough syntax to be useful, and others that didn't explain the example code and were little more than souped up help files.
This one was different though. Here are specific reasons:
1.It assumed you knew practically nothing about VB6 2.It gave screenshots and STEP-BY-STEP instructions to help with doing examples 3.It anticipated questions and possible errors that may occur and gave reasons 4.Very few written mistakes (I found perhaps 2 minor ones) 5.It touches on enough topics to get your feet wet for more powerful applications, but doesn't bog you down.
Oh, and to those who complained that the book was too easy for them or useless for making powerful apps: That's why it's called BEGINNING Visual Basic 6. Sheeesh.
Posted by Chris Baker on 5/16/2000
I rarely give 5 stars for anything, because anything can ALWAYS be improved on, but this book is close enough to perfect for me to warrant an exception. This book is perfectly suited for people new to programming, or to programmers who are new to VB. If you are already able to create projects in VB using objects, database support and ActiveX then you obviously need a more advanced book. It starts by familiarizing the reader with the VB environment and how programs are structured. Then he goes straight in to working with data and controls. He gives a Great intro into Obejct Oriented programming and what VB offers in the form of OO development. From there he smoothly guides the user through Database, Windows API, and ActiveX programming with a brief introduction to the principles behind COM. He even helps to guide the reader to additional resources after the book is completed. The examples are clearly explained and he even makes them fun. I would recommend this book to anyone who is beginning down the VB path as the FIRST book they should buy.
Best VB Book I've Ever Found
Posted by Anonymous on 1/22/1999
I'm using this book to teach visual design courses at a university level. It is by far the best introductory book on Visual Basic that I've ever seen.
What separates this book from other VB books is the detail concerning the nuts and bolts of using the language. Most books really just explain the stuff you probably could figure out yourself by reading the manuals. This book does a nice enough job of explaining the simple stuff, but it really shines in explaining the things that Microsoft does a poorer job with -- such as data access, creating classes, using ActiveX and even using the Windows API. And all of this is done with clear, concise explanations.
If you are struggling to get past the basics with VB, this book will help.
Great book, but not for the "total" beginner
Posted by Stephen Britton on 5/15/2000
Peter Wright's writing style may not suit everyone but it worked for me. Unlike many learn-to-program books, Wright doesn't spend much time explaining theory. He briefly explains complex topics like variants, arrays, and classes in a few pages, and then jumps right into coding. From the first chapter to the last, he brings the reader through a series of hands-on tutorials, which is great if you like to get your feet wet immediately.
Personally, I like this style. I learned more by following the exercises and trouble shooting them than I have from other learn-to VB books that spend the first few chapters explaining theory and then walk you through a few tutorials. There was a couple times when I was pulling hair from my head trying to get the examples to work, but in the end I was able to figure everything out.