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Beginning Visual Basic 6 Objects Paperback – September 1, 1998

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox Press (September 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 186100172X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861001726
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,673,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews Review

Peter Wright's Beginning Visual Basic 6 Objects takes the beginning or intermediate VB programmer into the world of object-oriented development in this easy-to-understand book. Early chapters cover the basics of objects and modeling real-world problems. Then the text teaches you how to build custom ActiveX components using Visual Basic. (Actual coding comes only after a thorough discussion of the principles of object-oriented design.) Throughout this text, screen shots and effective examples are used to illustrate key concepts, including how to use the new VB Visual Modeler tool. Anyone making the leap to objects using Visual Basic will certainly benefit from this well-organized and clearly written text. --Richard Dragan

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This book deals with objects and object-oriented development with Visual Basic 6. It explains why object-oriented programming is so important today and how its use can simplify the development process as a whole. It leads the reader into the realm of actual development by using real-world examples to demonstrate the sort of problems that programmers come up against everyday.

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It seemed that the pieces were not making as much sense.
His writing style is kind of corny but his teaching style is excellent.
Ryan J. Skalla
This is the one book I would recommend for any VB developer.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By on September 8, 1999
Format: Paperback
I am fairly new to object oriented techniques in VB. I used this book last spring to learn VB OOP. As I got into chapters 6, 7 and 8 it started to fall apart. It seemed that the pieces were not making as much sense.
Recently I purchased Visual Basic 6 Business Objects by Rockford Lhotka. In the first chapter he reviews basic VB OOP. When he covered interfaces I understood how to use them in VB for the first time. Before they seemed to be totally out of sync, very unintuitive, a real waste of time and effort.
Well, I went back to Beginning Visual Basic 6 Objects and found out why I found the interfaces so confusing. Peter covers interfaces in chapter 3, and he really doesn't have a grip on them. His lack of understanding makes them seem useless. When I used the book last spring I thought that it fell apart after chapter 5. I was wrong. It was already going bad in chapter 3.
I also found Peter's way of congratulating himself to be irritating. The humor's corny but I can live with that. Better corny humor than none I guess.
Having criticized the book I will say this, I did learn from it. It has some weak points, but it will teach you the basics of VB OOP. When it misleads it just gets kind of muddled. The examples work for the most part.
I can't give a strong recommendation for this book, but I will say that it is miles ahead of the one by Deb Kurata. Her book seems to be an effort to evangelize programmers to her methodology for developing OO programs.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Beowulf on November 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
Let me put my review in perspective. I have been programming in one language or another for twenty years. I was the project manager for a Fortune 500 company's e-commerce initiative. I do some consulting on the side. In other words, I consider myself to be a veteran programmer.
As you know by now, most programming books fall into one of two categories: expert references, or trivial introductions. Wrox books fall somewhere in between. As a result, these books usually create some controversy over who should read them. I find them to be exactly what I need, and interesting enough to read from cover to cover.
"Beginning Visual Basic 6 Objects" is actually a follow-on book to Peter Wright's excellent "Beginning Visual Basic 6." Not surprisingly, this second book focuses on the implementation of object oriented programming (OOP) in Visual Basic. This was an area that I thought was given short shrift in the first book, and so I was eager to read this one.
Now, there are many OO purists out there who will assert that VB doesn't support OO programming for a variety of reasons. I would venture a guess that if you are one of these people, then this text is not the one for you.
The book opens up with a fly by of its contents, including a smattering of OO theory, ActiveX controls, and even OO design methodologies. Wright makes a few unsupported comments about the benefits of OOP that will have to wait eight or nine chapters before they are born out. Then we start writing classes and have a nice discussion about object interfaces. I particularly liked the discussion about the way VB can "implement" an interface, and how VB can simulate inheritance through the use of containment and delegation.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Jones on August 26, 2001
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SYNOPSIS: I recommend this book for it's presentation of the OOP architecture and the code samples of ActiveX objects and Business Objects. Explanations are easy to read and grasp. There are plenty of simple diagrams that help visualize many of the abstract concepts of OOP. In the step-by-step instructions, there are actual screen shots of what a programmer will see when they write the sample code. DETAILED EXPLANATION OF RECOMMENDATION: I have several Visual Basic books. However, none of them give a simple, complete example of the code needed to construct an ActiveX control that stores it's state values in a property bag. I spent two days trying to write code that would store the values in a persistent property bag. Examples that I downloaded from the Web were complex, and had little or no explanation as to HOW they worked. And explanations that I found were either terse or did not give enough detail for me to successfully construct a Control with persistent state values that a user could alter during run mode then have them save to the property bag object. At Barnes & Nobles I reviewed 40 or more books on Visual Basic. In this book in Chapter 8 "Object Persistence" the author Peter Wright provides step-by-step instructions with the full code for creating an ActiveX control that maintain state information in a property bag object. There are screen shots of how the control and message boxes will appear. The explanations of what, when, where, why, and how the code executes are to the point, easy to read and understand. I only needed one chapter, 23 pages, from this book. Yet I was glad to spend the money to purchase it. Why? It is well written, easy read, has lots of diagrams and screen shots that makes it easy to visualize concepts and control objects, and gave me EXACTLY what I was looking for. I could have used a book of this quality 3 years ago when I began learning OOP on a Java platform. Bravo!
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