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Visual Basic(r) Graphics Programming: Hands-On Applications and Advanced Color Development, 2nd Edition 2nd Edition

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All the tools you need to create the full range of Visual Basic(r) color graphics applications

Expert Rod Stephens provides you with everything you need to add advanced graphics to your applications in this in-depth introduction to graphic programming with Microsoft Visual Basic. From images using as few as 16 colors to "true-color" applications that use more than 16 million, he shows you how to create the full range of color graphics applications. You'll learn how to use Visual Basic controls to create impressive graphic effects without having to buy expensive add-on products.

This book/CD-ROM package also explains how to integrate imaging, animation, and two- and three-dimensional graphics into an application. And you'll find the tools to manipulate color images, overlay one image on another, build scrolled windows, and much more.

The Second Edition covers:
* New API functions
* Bitmap image morphing
* New algorithms for hidden surface removal
* Print preview with multiple pages and scales
* Image processing, including high color and true color
* Examples of controlling animation using simulation
* New examples that demonstrate shape-distorting transformations
* New examples of fractals and tilings
* Gouraud shading, Phong shading, and texturing
* Ray tracing speed improvements
* Ray tracing for new kinds of objects

The CD-ROM includes:
* More than 400 complete, ready-to-run example programs
* Pictures to use with the example programs
* Images generated by the programs
* Color images of many of the figures from the book
* Source code for all example programs from the First Edition

About the Author

Rod Stephens is a contract software engineer specializing in graphical user interface, algorithms, and database systems. He has published over 120 articles and nine books including Bug Proofing Visual Basic and Ready-to-Run Visual Basic Algorithms.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (October 27, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471355992
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471355991
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,041,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jeffrey C. Roux on June 21, 2000
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We were having some trouble at work with graphics in VB under Terminal Server (which is restricted to 256-color palette). I bought this book specifically to see what it had to say about palettes. This book has a small section covering 256-color palettes and example programs and we've solved a dithering problem we never could solve before. BTW, Rod's other books are good too.
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This book is a must have. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to go into VB Graphics Programming...
I have read several of Rod's other books, and visited his website many times. I heard about this book and went and bought it. Boy, I was not disappointed.
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Great book, this book has been a great help, lots of great topics. This book even covers some basic numerical methods required in a manner that is very understandable. Exceptional tutorial on VB graphics.
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I'm not a VB programmer, but I was able to understand the theory in this book, and I could easily work through the code examples to translate them into Delphi and C#. It's very hard to find a book (for any programming language) that explains 3D graphics in simple terms, and with useful code examples. Even though this book is getting a little dated, this book will still be among my highest recommendations for years to come. The basic theory does not change, even though programming languages evolve.
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This is an excellent book. It covers many aspects of Computer Graphics including Vector Graphics, Raster Graphics, Animation, Curves and Surfaces, 2D and 3D Transformations, and Rendering. Each chapter comes with lots of sample code on the CD. The underlying mathematics are also nicely explained.

I only wish their was a 3rd edition for VB.NET.
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This book is very close to perfection in covering topics of the graphics manipulation, which up to the current times was an option of C/C++ developers ( as far as availability of information and samples). It's good for novice and seasoned developers alike.
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This review refers to the book Visual Basic Graphics Programming
Hands On Applications and Color Development, 2nd edition, 2000 by
Wiley Publishing, Author is Rod Stephens

I purchased this book in order to brush up on basic computer graphics
theory and implementation. Although I already have academic books on
computer graphics (like Van Dam,Foley), most of these books do not
include complete implementations of the concepts, for example they
may just have some pseudocode on a topic like raytracing. Furthermore
most of these books assume a certain level of mathematical sophistication.

I purchased this book because the author assumes very little background in
mathematics and essentially no background in computer graphics and he covers
core concepts in computer graphics (like ray tracing)
in a very simple manner using a relatively easy programming language (visual basic).
Furthermore, he included complete source code and executables for examples with
the book which was very important for me to have.

It is not a comprehensive textbook of computer
graphics like Van Damm, Foley, etc. If you want to know computer graphics
algorithms and want a comprehensive text on the theory of computer graphics
then I suggest you also purchase Van Dam or book like that. If you are an
experience programmer and you know how to implement algorithms from pseudocode
found in texts like Van Dam, then you may not find this book useful.
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The Visual Basic projects included on the CD-ROM are for Visual Basic 6, which is no longer supported by Microsoft. Fortunately, Rod Stephens has provided up-to-date versions of these projects on his website: [...]
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