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Hands On Visual Basic 6 for Web Development (Miscellaneous) Paperback – September, 1998
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Based on the thinness of the book (compared to the normal size of this type of book) and the content, I assume they wrote it long before VB and ADO were out. They just wanted to be first, without any regard for putting out a quality product.
To give you a rundown on what's in the book: Total pages: 471; pages 1-88 - verrrry basic intro to the web, HTML, vbscript; pages 89-120 - intro/design project 1; pages 121-152 - simple project: drop an internet control on a form; pages 153-182 - intro/design project 2; pages 183-220 - very simple ASP project; pages 221-252 - intro/design project 3; pages 253-322 - web project using DAO (they say you should know more than one method. Of course, Microsoft recommends ADO now, and that's what anyone using VB5 wants to learn, but these guys put out a VB6 book and teach DAO); pages 323-352 - intro/design project 4; pages 353-376 - decent VB6 project; pages 377-471 - near worthless appendix, index (to pad, the index is even in large print and double spaced!)
I will never buy another Prima Tech as long as I live. (if you hadn't already guessed)
The book is definitely not an intermediate/advanced book, but a beginner book with a lot of detail left out. The authors should focus more on the projects, providing bullet proof documentation on making them work and forget about the project management, history and other non-value added content.
I followed each of the lessons with success until about half way through the second project. At that point, I could'nt get the most of the ActiveX server exercises to work. The VB Researcher project fell apart toward the end of the chapter, and left me wondering what it was that I was trying to accomplish.
I found nothing in the book that would help me troubleshoot my projects and get them working. I also found it very confusing mapping projects in the book to the companion CD projects. There appears to be no intuitive or logical way to do this other than open each project up and see whether it looks like the one in the book.
At best, this book will give a begginer a tour of what is possible with these technologies, but confuse anyone trying to make anything work. If anyone can recommend me a book that delivers a clear hands-on approach, please let me know.
The autors may take too much of a consultants point of view in describing "how to design" an application but I think it is a good way to go about development.
The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is that I think it went too much into discussing development methodology.