Programming Books C Java PHP Python Learn more Browse Programming Books
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Murach's Visual Basic 6 Paperback – January 1, 1999


Amazon Price New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
$7.34 $0.01

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Shop the new tech.book(store)
New! Introducing the tech.book(store), a hub for Software Developers and Architects, Networking Administrators, TPMs, and other technology professionals to find highly-rated and highly-relevant career resources. Shop books on programming and big data, or read this week's blog posts by authors and thought-leaders in the tech industry. > Shop now

Product Details

  • Paperback: 617 pages
  • Publisher: Mike Murach & Associates; 1st edition (January 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890774049
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890774042
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8.1 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,992,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

"Fantastic book for beginners and intermediate programmers. Also great for database programming. I give it a 5-star rating." -- Joe Rohrbach, VBCode.com, May 1999

"I can recommend this book without hesitation. If you are new to Visual Basic or new to database programming, then this book will not only have you up and running in just a few days, you'll really understand VB and database programming." -- Matt Hart, Matt Hart's VB Help Page, June 1999

"If you have to choose just one tutorial on Visual Basic 6.0, this book should be it. It does a great job of demystifying ADO." -- Susan Sales Harkins, VB Zone at DevX.com, Book Review of the Week, June 1999

"There's a lot to like about this book. The authors have for all practical purposes taken a beginner book and database book and boiled them down to the essential data. Then they present these essentials formatted in a manner that promotes quick learning." -- Visual Basic Web Directory, May 1999

More About the Authors

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

Well laid out.
Peter Clark
I look forward to buying other Murach publications!
broph@netexpress.net
If u want to learn VB6 this book is for you.
Abhijeet

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 5, 1999
Format: Paperback
It took me 6 chapters to decide whether or not I would keep this book. I decided to keep it! Since the exercises in this book are geared toward developing real world applications, I have found them to be quite challenging. In spite of my difficulties I am learning many new skills. I have submitted numerous e-mail help requests. Each response was answered promptly by one of the authors who have consistently provided the information I need to complete a project.
I am writing this review from the perspective of an almost absolute beginning programmer. (I have completed John Smiley's Learn To Program with Visual Basic for Absolute Beginners. If I would not have already completed the exercises in Professor Smiley's book I would have been completely lost with this book.) Although this book states on the cover that it is "A True Beginning Book", I disagree with that statement. In my opinion, it is directed toward a Visual Basic Beginner who already has programming experience in another language. If you are an absolute beginning programmer, work through the Smiley book first, THEN work through this one. If this book is your introduction to programming, you will probably be lost and frustrated.
I am giving this book a 4 star rating rather than 5. Although the material coverd in this book is first class all the way, I have difficulty with the teaching style. The authors take a mostly aduitory approach by telling you what to do (through the written word of course), frequently omitting a visual reference of what the completed code should look like. As a visual learner (those of us who learn by being SHOWN rather than being TOLD), I find this quite frustrtating.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Eric Desgranges on November 30, 1999
Format: Paperback
I bought this book based on the high rates given by most of the readers, however I kind of feel disapointed with its content. The first part (which I like the best) guides you very quickly through the use of the Visual Basic IDE and language syntax, and I believe it is just what someone already proficient in another programming language needs. However someone new to programming will miss the lack of source code samples. My deepest regret here is that the explorer-type interface (how to create an application in a single window in two or more panes -- as the Windows Explorer application types) was not developed ("This type of interface, however, isn't presented in this book": just too bad, most developpers who want to develop a commercial application will need it!).
The second part of the book, related to database programming, starts with an introduction (too many pages to my taste) to the concept of relational databases. However, if the first part of the book was easy to understand, this one will confuse any beginner and annoy confirmed programmers. Note that all samples are given for a user who can connect to a company client-server style database as MS SQL Server or Oracle, i.e. not really everybody! Developpers for stand-alone commercial applications for PC's won't find anything interesting because the code samples are so simple you'll only be able to develop some "scripts" whose old-looking user interfaces will only serve as personal purpose.
Here we are reaching the page 435 and there are only 130 pages left, which I haven't read but don't seem really exciting.
I am returning the book, however I must say that I really liked the layout of the book: on the left page you'll find the "course" and the screens shots and outlines on the right page. I wish all books were so neatly presented!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eric Liew on January 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
Compared to most VB6 books in the market, this one stands out quite well, in terms of thickness and price (I got the lower priced Asian edition). Somehow, I did get to download the source codes from the website and in fact got an update on one the database examples because it used an older DB format. Quite up-to-date don't you think?
I'm not sure if I agree with the others, but for me it was good at going straight into real world projects rather than starting off with hundreds of pages just on explaining the IDE, which to me is an absolute time waster. It just really depends on what you really want to get out of the book.
If you want to start with the absolute basics, then you might prefer another book which probably is much thicker but turn you off halfway through. John Smiley's books are pretty good at starting you off and doesn't choke you with too much code, just to let u know.
Otherwise, this book is pretty good at teaching what you need to know when building real applications and that's the whole aim of the book. The others think its too difficult, but it depends. I have an intermediate programming background in other languages not VB6, but it didn't really bother me that much.
In conclusion, just have a skim thru to see if you like it. It'll definitely help you if you're enrolled in a VB6 topic and doing database programming.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Franco on July 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
I bought this book based on the reviews ahead of me. 7 of 8 reviewers gave it a 4 or 5 star rating and only one person rated it poorly. I figured I couldn't go wrong. Well, I am diasppointed. I should've listened to the reviewer who rated it poorly. I rather doubt that the reviewers who rated it so highly actually worked through all of the exercises.
The book is hard to follow, with frequently missing examples of source code, and there is nowhere to get it. I was unable to find the source code at the Murach web site, and the book does not provide a CD. I think it is reasonable to expect that type of support from a book in this price range.
The strong point of this book is definitely its content. Another reviewer mentioned that it highlights all of the bells and whistles of Visual Basic 6, and I must agree. In a perfect world these subjects would be covered by authors such as John Connell or John Smiley who seem to have a knack for teaching beginners.
All in all, this is not a bad book. It's just not easy to use, and definitely not for beginners. (I think the publisher is misleading people by stating that it is a beginners book.) If you like figuring things out on your own and paging through the book to look for information previously covered, you'll like this book. That's what we have to do in the real world!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Customer Images

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Search

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?