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The Visual Basic Style Guide Paperback – May 30, 2000

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From the Back Cover

The essential companion for Visual Basic development teams and individuals.


* Master effective practices to create crystal-clear, reusable code
* Foster effective collaboration by maintaining reliable standards
* Acquire the mindset of a professional developer
* Use the comprehensive reference section to make your programs consistent and portable
* Works with all flavors of Visual Basic
* Professional best practices for programmers
* Guidelines for standard structure and syntax
* Foundational attitudes of quality development
* Complete reference section for all flavors of Visual Basic

The essential companion for Visual Basic development teams and individuals.

All effective teamwork is based on clear communication. In the field of software development, this means using consistent, documented conventions that can be easily understood and built upon by teammates, now and in the future.

To meet this need, this handbook for Visual Basic programmers contains a comprehensive reference section covering nomenclature, instantiation, keywords, controls, user interfaces-every major VB concept, in all flavors of VB. And more than that, it promotes an attitude, an environment of the mind in which healthy Visual Basic programs are formed.

The winning philosophy of The Visual Basic Style Guide will help your team develop its programming power through discipline, documentation, and professionalism. Build your development skills through:


* Application of proven and consistent style and user interface methodologies,
* Grounding in the foundational attitudes of discipline, planning, and ethics, and
* Getting to know the comprehensive, quick-access reference section.

Even programmers working on individual projects will benefit from the enhanced professionalism that comes from consistency. Whether you're a experienced programmer, a team leader, or a manager, you'll appreciate the thorough coverage and the rigorous standards provided in The Visual Basic Style Guide.

About the Author

Tim Patrick is a Visual Basic software engineer in Redmond, Washington, with nearly 20 years of programming experience. The ideas presented in this book grew out of his experience with both troubled and successful development projects. He is a graduate of Seattle Pacific University.

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Product Details

  • Series: Prentice Hall Series on Microsoft Technologies
  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR; 1st edition (May 30, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130883611
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130883612
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,553,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Tim Patrick is an author and computer consultant with nearly thirty years of experience in software development and technical writing. He has published many books and articles on technical, religious, humorous, and general topics. His humor works have appeared in national magazines such as The Humor Times and The Wittenburg Door. In 2007, Microsoft presented him with its Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award in recognition of the benefits his writings bring to software developers. Tim earned his undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Seattle Pacific University. For even more information, visit his web site: wellreadman.com

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
The reviewer from Charlotte was right about this book being disappointing. I bought it but am going to return it. The content is very elementary. I bought it on the hope that there were tips specific to Visual Basic. There are a few, but any of these tips can be found in a good Visual Basic programming book. I also agree with the Charlotte reviewer that the keyword reference is just filler; it is inexplicable in book of this type.
The book also advocates Hungarian notation (preceding each variable by a prefix indicating its type such as strABC for a string.) I am not fond of Hungarian notation. I agree with Francisco Balena, (Programming Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0) that it makes the code difficult to read. I would have preferred that the author present this notation as an option only, not as the only way to go. The anecdotal style evidenced in the passage printed above ... is also typical. Its seems pleasant at first but soon becomes tiresome, more applicable to a leisurely article in the Sunday paper than a book about programming.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "cougarcheese" on June 21, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is a great complement to any beginning Visual Basic software developer's education in software design. The concepts in this book help organize the approach one should take in creating Visual Basic applications that will be more adaptable, extensible, and maintainable. I am already putting these concepts to practice and seeing positive results.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David Lari on February 16, 2001
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I was disappointed in this book. While the cover clearly indicates the intended audience is between Intermediate and Advanced, I'd place it pretty close to Beginner. It is really geared toward the person who knows enough about VB to make some things work, but wants to refine his/her coding style. If you haven't learned this stuff by the time you reach Intermediate, you've probably already developed a lot of bad habits.
Also, the reference section just seemed to be filler. Why should a style guide have a keyword reference? It takes one third of the whole book. If I wanted a keyword reference, I would have bought one. What little valuable information he adds could have been done in 20 pages instead of 150+.
As long as you want a book that is geared closer to beginner than intermediate and you don't mind some fluff, then this book is okay.
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This product rocks. I'm so happy with the ease of assembly, operation. Not one problem at all. It even lowered the temperature in my grow room. I love this product. Thank you guys.
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