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Animation Magic with Visual Basic 5 (Learning to program) Paperback – 30 Jun 1997

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  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (30 Jun. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0138422966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0138422967
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 3.8 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,684,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Feb. 1999
Format: Paperback
Most books do reuse the source code and usually isnt that good on source code. source codes is best way to learn programming. you want better source codes? search the www site there is LOTS of good codes out there! please check out for source code of what you want before you buy a ocx because some greedy programmers often take a sample codes and make a ocx out of them. good example is taskicon ocx there is lots of example in source code and there is some ocxs that do same for 40 bucks. which you prefer? free or 40 bucks?
Rolf
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Dec. 1998
Format: Paperback
I got this book at a store, and although it had some pretty neat looking things in it, it didn't turn out to be all that good. First off, they didn't even teach you code, they just tell you to add some ocx to your program. Secondly, the ocx was messed up!! Also, when they got to the 3D programming part, you had to include into your program something that was written in C++. I was really hoping to learn something from this book, but unfortunately I didn't.
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By A Customer on 3 April 1998
Format: Paperback
This is a VERY ATTRACTIVE book - only on the front & rear covers. That is it's only redeeming value. It shows a high resolution - rendered drawing on the back which made me think I was going to be doing this with this book... NOT! I Wish I had read the other review and the Warning! Warning! Warning! on page xxi before I bought this book!!! You have to set your display to only 256 colors or you'll get a GPF (crash!). The other clue I should have heeded was discovered on page 153. It's a screen image which says, "...Unregistered Version 1.0 Register to get:- 16 and 24 bit colour depth support..." This is a cheap shot! I am not going to send him MORE MONEY (whatever 22.50 pounds is). You can get ActiveX controls which support 16 & 24 bit color for free on the internet! The book is too expensive for what you get and I am returning it to the place I bought it from. I'll be happy to stick with my "Instant VB Animation" by Michele Leroux...
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By A Customer on 11 Mar. 1998
Format: Paperback
This book seemed a little intimidating for me. I am just a beggining programmer with little experience in advanced animation. This book was misleading because it told me it was designed for everybody. The author of the book wrote an active x control that the entire book is based upon. This active control is sharewhare and if you want to get one that works with 16.7 million colors he charges you. I paid 60 dollars for the book I'm not paying you 30 more dollars. Also the book does not teach you how to make animation from scratch just use a bunch of DLL files that come with the book. I had trouble loading all and using the dll files and am still having trouble. The version of visual basic he is using is not the same as mine because some of the examples in their he is telling me to stuff that I cant do because it is not in my visual basic 5. I do not recommend this book to anyone.
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By A Customer on 4 Sept. 1998
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First of all, this is a great book. It has many interesting examples that you can base on. Anyway, if you don't like the sprite control, you can get the newest one on the Author's website. And if you want to, you can pay him 20 pounds (you don't have to) Anyways, the bad thing is that a lot of the secrets are in the dll file, but you can learn most of it from separate chapters in part 3 and 4 if you read it carefully. By the way, you CAN'T always depend on one book and you ARE NOT going to learn everything on one book. Although the book does have screenshorts from vb 4.0 ..., it doesn't really matter as long as you learn the thing.
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This book tries to be everything to everybody and ends up being nothing to anybody. Despite its claim, you can not learn to program from this book. If you have very little programming experience, you will find this book very confusing. If you know a lot of progeamming then you will probably be annoyed by the lack of details and the time spent on easy topics. The only redeeming value of this book is that it may give you a few creative ideas that you can develop on your own or with better books.
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By A Customer on 25 Mar. 1998
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I bought this book to learn how to write animation in VB5. A reasonable assumption from the title. The book not only does not do it, but it doesn't even attempt to do it. What the book should be teaching is hidden in a DLL that accompanies the book. So one learns nothing. Even the DLL is amateurish (it causes GPFs for one thing).

As an experienced programmer of 36 years I have read hundreds of computer books. This one is close to the worst one I have ever read. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY.
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