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Using Visual Interdev 6 Paperback – December, 1998

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The first part creates a foundation for the reader. The use of the development environment as well as the use of the Wizards, editors, and debuggers is covered. Active Server Pages--the primary result of Visual InterDev development--will then be covered in detail. A part of this book will be dedicated to database usage, since interaction with databases is a large part of hard-core Web applications. This will include coverage of data interaction, COM+, and ADO--Microsoft's direction for data access. Unlike many books, Using Visual InterDev does not try to be a compendium of all the questions any person may ever have, rather, the book focuses on teaching the reader to use Visual InterDev and on providing quick and easy access to answers and information on Visual InterDev basics.

About the Author

Michael Amundsen – is the co-author of Sams Teach Yourself Database Programming with Visual Basic and the MAPI, SAPI, and TAPI Developer's Guide as well as a contributor to several other books. Amundsen is a regular contributor to such magazines as the Cobbs' Visual Basic Developer. He does software consulting and training around the World.
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Product Details

  • Series: Using ... (Que)
  • Paperback: 873 pages
  • Publisher: Que; 1st edition (December 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789716402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789716408
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,794,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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You simply cannot find a better introductory book than this one on Visual InterDev 6. Michael Amundsen gives an oustanding tutorial on the InterDev environment, then moves on to build a solid understanding of planning, designing, and implementing web applications.
This book will quickly and easily bring the beginning web developer up to speed on Visual InterDev 6, HTML forms, Visual Basic Scripting Edition (VBScript), Active Server Pages (ASP), and delivering database content to the web... everything you need for real-world server-side web development.
The author walks the reader through tons of step-by-step hands-on examples with crystal-clear explanations. And the organized format of the book makes it a great reference that I go back to again and again.
When I set out to learn ASP, I wanted to learn the only integrated development environment (IDE) that was built for ASP - Microsoft's Visual InterDev. Take it from me, a professional web application developer... this is THE book to get started with.
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This book will provide you with a fast way to get up and going in Visual Interdev. Coverage of the basics of DTCs is excellent. VID has a lot of breadth and requires knowledge of ASP, which you will be better equipped to understand after you read this book. After reading this book I found the on-line ASP docs from Microsoft sufficient. Mr. Amundsen's book provides some very nice information on ADO. You get information on using it both at a low-level and using DTCs. Learn the low-level approach first and the DTCs will make much more sense. The author supports a mailing list and web site with some great tutorials and a FAQ area. The list and site with the author's support constitute a great resource for learning the more advanced topics.
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If you are a beginner to intermediate this book is for you. It explains every tool and menu item of the programming package with easy to follow steps and examples. It explains the problem, the line by line coding, the options available and the results. It also gives you real live examples and tips. I'm a beginner and I love this book. I went through 5 different books before this one and they were either to hard for me to understand or too far away from the subject. This is a great book.
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By Jim on October 18, 2000
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The good reviews here on Amazon helped me make this book my choice. Sorry to say it hasn't gone so well. The first few chapters are ok (I learned a lot), and the writing style is fine for me, but the errors make it frustrating to use. I started by writing down the errors that leave you wondering "Did I do something wrong, or is this another error in the text?", and stopped after 8th one. I don't think the best way to learn is to constantly correct errors in your textbook. The last straw for me was the database chapters. The book does not come with a CD-ROM with the examples.. The database chapters reference sample databases to learn by, but without the sample databases from the website, the chapters are very difficult to learn anything from. I'm cutting my losses, and beginning my search for another Interdev book. I recommend you learn from my experience and don't repeat my [mistake].
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After all the nice reviews this book got, I was looking forward to "read and learn"....BUT I was dissapointed. If you now the basics of HTML and VBScript, you can skip the first 400 pages. After them Amundsen does every lesson in way "you are a student and therefore stupid"-way. I dont see any relavance in telling people how to add a ASP page to their project in EVERY lesson. Some of the lesson doesn't work the way he said it would, he doesn't cover servervariables very good, he "cheats" in some of the lessons (not writing what he ACTUALLY did to get to the result), it's almost impossible to get the "downloadables" from the support website and his coverage of Active X Documents in connection with VID is VERY skinny. I think that I would recommend this book to VisualBasic programmers going for the web or absolute webbeginners, but thats about it.
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I gave the book a 4 star rating because of the nice layout and numerous examples (most of which work!). The only information missing is how to configure the client and servers. The author assumes that you have a system, network, and database admin whom have set everything up for you in advance. Good luck getting the data bound controls to work if you don't have prior understanding of NT and SQL Server authentication!
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By A Customer on January 18, 2000
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This book will serve it's purpose well for the beginner, it touches some very important and interesting issues that were covered in other books, and the author uses that claim in far too many subjects, in my opinion. It features a lot of text that involves the very important issues of using InterDev, but what about the technologies that make it all work? ASP, VBScript, SQL, ADO, HTML are all beeing discussed, but in a manner to make you ask for more... much more. It's a good book to play a first step, but if controlling InterDev isn't your problem... you'll need another book.
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By A Customer on October 18, 1998
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Mike Amundsen has been one of (if not *the*) mainstays of the Visual InterDev newsgroups. If you want a book by someone who is continually showing that he knows what he's talking about by giving correct answers to a variety of real-life users of the product, then this is the book for you.
Note that this book is (to parapharase Mr. Amundsen) meant to be a solid introduction, not a comprehensive reference.
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