- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (April 6, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0471242683
- ISBN-13: 978-0471242680
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.9 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,871,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This guide shows how to extend Visual Basic (VB) with code that handles some advanced programming problems, including algorithms that you can use every day to write faster and more flexible VB applications. After an introductory discussion of profiling algorithms and some techniques to emulate pointers in VB, the author shows how to emulate a variety of data structures, such as linked lists, stacks and queues, and arrays, along with their implementations in VB.
Besides these basic container types, the author also proceeds farther afield into a demonstration of trees in VB, including balanced trees. (Though you won't need these data structures for most programs, it's interesting to see how they can be written in VB.)
More applicable to real-world problems are the sections on sorting, searching, and hashing in VB. (These algorithms can extend the range of the types of problems VB can solve.) This book closes with some network algorithms and some discussion of object-oriented techniques for VB, including some "patterns" or reusable designs for software. With the accompanying CD-ROM, you can use all the author's algorithms or write your own based on the techniques explored here. --Richard Dragan
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As a student of computer science, I had a fundamental principle drilled into my head time and time again -- languages come and go, but algorithms stand the test of time. A good algorithms reference doesn't need to focus on a particular language; however, those books tend to be crammed with computer-scientists' jargon, and provide less than an ideal starting point for the novice programmer. Rod Stevens' Ready-to-Run Visual Basic Algorithms, Second Edition is an attempt to bridge the gap, to help people who know the rudiments of programming in Visual Basic (VB) experiment with tried-and-tested algorithms and incorporate them into their own programs.
To make sense of this book, you must already be familiar with variables, conditional statements, loops, subroutines, and abstract data types. Even more advanced topics, such as class declarations and static variables, are introduced and used so quickly that a novice programmer will probably need an additional reference. In other words, Ready-to-Run Visual Basic Algorithms is a logical "next step" for someone who has completed an introduction to VB programming, but you should make sure that you've understood at least one other book about VB before attempting to read this one. I applaud this approach, because it lets you concentrate on learning algorithms without getting bogged down by syntactic details. -- Chris Jaekl, Dr. Dobb's Journal -- Dr. Dobb's Journal
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This book goes way beyond simply providing code snippets that you can paste into your VB apps. The author begins by explaining such fundamental algorithm concepts as time and space complexity analysis and the trade-offs between the two. He really focuses on providing an understanding of the "Whys" in addition to the "Hows".
Simply put, if you are or aspire to be a serious VB programmer, there are 4 books that you must have by your side at all times: this book, Dan Appleman's "VB Programmer's Guide to the WIN32-API", Bruce McKinney's "Hardcore Visual Basic", and Microsoft's "Visual Basic Programmer's Guide".
It might be one of the only one doing algorithms with Visual Basic, but it's well written and you've got them all like all those C books.
A must at any point in any serious programming.