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Sams Teach Yourself Visual Basic 6 in 24 Hours

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ISBN-13: 978-0672315336
ISBN-10: 0672315335
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Providing a decent overview of how to construct graphical interfaces with Visual Basic 6, Sams' Teach Yourself Visual Basic 6 in 24 Hours quickly teaches the novice Visual Basic programmer how to write simple applications that work. Readers should keep in mind, though, that this book addresses Visual Basic from a beginner's perspective: you'll want another book to help you with more complicated aspects of the language.

Fortunately, the authors don't get bogged down in documenting every last menu item and button in the Visual Basic 6 environment, as do the authors of many introductory books. Rather, they explain how to write real--if simple and somewhat academic--programs. This book would be stronger if it included more material on the "Basic" portion of Visual Basic--the actual code that must be written manually when you reach the end of the visual environment's capabilities. While the authors provide plenty of information on each of the popular graphical user interface elements--list boxes, labels, and the like--they don't pay enough attention to the language that endows those components with functionality. To be fair, though, many books about visual development environments fall into this trap.

ActiveX controls, which you can create with Visual Basic 6, don't receive much space either. This is more a function of the language than of this book--no novice programmer will write controls of any consequence without first gathering some experience, certainly not in 24 hours. --David Wall --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The niche of this book is that it not only focuses on the topic at hand but it also provides a battery of tools/skills that will take the user at a higher level and help him/her realize the skills “without waiting to read another book” on some other topic they need to know if they wanted to implement it in real life. It is a self contained, stand alone book. Teach Yourself Visual Basic 6 in 24 Hours follows the step-by-step approach of the Teach Yourself series and gives the reader a quick, concise introduction to this programming language. It will explain the basics of Visual Basic through task-oriented examples and a hands on approach. Topics covered include: Basics of Visual Basic development, Understanding the concepts of properties, methods, and events, Creating and implementing ActiveX controls, Integrating data into applications, Adding and manipulating graphics, Testing and debugging applications, Printing from your applications.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing (May 3, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672315335
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672315336
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on December 1, 1998
Format: Paperback
Many books seen in the market on different subjects claim to be written for "beginners", but one can accurately say that this book HAS been. If you're just starting programming in Visual Basic 6, then this is definately the book for you. It is filled with step-by-step instructions and helpful hints that will get you started on the right path. Plus, it teaches the lessons in easy to understand descriptions, so it doesn't take too long to learn. This book was my starting point, and it did me a lot of good, so I'm suggesting this book to anyone interested in the profitable programming business. I'd also like to recommend Dan Appleman's book on the Windows 32-bit API, which will further your knowledge in more difficult application coding.
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I bought this book having done no programming in nearly 10 years (since a couple Pascal classes in college). I learned the BASIC language on an Apple IIe well before that. I chose this particular text because it came with a working model of VB6 which most of the other books I looked at did not do.
Anyway, the material presented is very easy to understand. The lessons are easy to complete in an hour each. Once you've completed all 24 lessons, you'll have a good grasp on many facets of the VB6 language and environment.
However...there are problems.
First, the book gives examples and suggestions to the reader who is using Visual Studio Professional. That's all well and good but the book DOESN'T COME WITH THAT. The book should assume all you've got is the Working Model version that came with it and that's it.
Second, some of the structure of the lessons make no sense. For example, in the middle of the lesson on message boxes and input boxes, there's a detour to cover remarks. Huh?
Third, some of the lessons require knowledge of later chapters to complete their assignments. One of the assignments in Chapter 10 requires knowledge from Chapter 11 to be completed.
Fourth, as others have mentioned, there are some typos and mistakes in the text. For example, in Chapter 17 on menus, the author has you step by step create a menu system with items for New, Open, Close & Exit in the menu. However, the text completely skips over Close and does Exit twice, the first time referencing the Close option that was never done!
Finally, this book does nothing to tie everything together. There's no overall application developed during the course of the book, there's nothing here on developing anything more than very, very short procedures and examples.
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Being completely new to VB, I bought this book to get me up and running, and it has done that. I agree with some of the other reviews about how it's kind of long winded in some parts, and light in others. Definitely not a definitive book, but to get you going quickly, it gets the job done!
My only beef with it is that the instructions given in Lesson 19 on how to create a toolbar don't work, and when you install the code from the CD it fails to load. Every other lesson was great though, especially if you're one who can learn from examples.
I'd reccomend it as a step into VB programming, just be prepared to continue with other books when you're done with this one.
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There's another version of this that comes w/ a developing version of VB6 - w/ the exception that you can't compile your programs.
Still, it's good enough to work along w/ the book as you're reading it. I bought VB1 a LONG time ago, and upgraded to VB3 years later. Back then, VB was still a little difficult to work w/ but I managed to get a few very helpful applications written for myself.
Now, searching like a madman for a freeware/shareware version of something that would meet my specific needs, I'd given up and decided to write it myself.
The question I had to ask myself was, "Is VB6 worth the upgrade?" To just write a few small applications and the hastle of learning another version?
The answer is a resolute - YES! This book just touches the surface of what VB6 is capable of doing, but it's enough to get you started. Once you've mastered the small apps here, you can go to online resources for more in depth help. I'd buy this book, as well as a more in-depth book that's filled w/ examples. You have to start somewhere!
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I had been working for my company as an administrative assistant for about 6 months. I am now transitioning into becoming a visual basic programmer.
This book got me on my feet quickly! This is the best book I purchased for this endeavor. I came in with no knowledge of the Visual Basic environment. The only experience I had was with BASIC as a kid and with PASCAL in high school. Now, I find it rather easy and can whip out a program in very little time.
This book definitely helped me to get where I am and I now make much more money than I did before. And is spending this amount for this book worth it? DEFINITELY! I went from making just over $20k to making almost $36k. This is worth that investment!
I hope this has been helpful. Have a great day!
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I have had good luck with this book, ONLY because I have had other programming languages. It does get into actual coding, but does little to explain how it works.

The authors experiments in the CD are quite lame. The ones that DO work off the CD offer no usefulness.

If you are good with programming already, this book will be useful if you are new to VB, cause you can figure out how to make bigger better projects. But most of what you do in VB will be of your own experimentation. Don't count on this book offering any real programs. It merely gives you the puzzle pieces, and it is up to you what you do with them.
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