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  • Paperback: 888 pages
  • Publisher: QUE; 1 edition (17 Nov. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1562765760
  • ISBN-13: 978-1562765767
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 18.8 x 5.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 675,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dan Appleman's Developing COM/ActiveX Components with Visual Basic 6 provides expert-mode knowledge of COM controls along with a guide to some of the latest features in Visual Basic. Extremely thorough and densely packed with advice, this book is just right for the programmer who needs to know all the details about Visual Basic controls.

The author begins with a tour of ActiveX and COM, along with some common myths about the technology. His introduction to COM technology is good, but Appleman also explains the pros and cons of COM objects used as in-process dynamic-link libraries (DLLs), standalone EXEs, and remote processes.

When it comes to Visual Basic, the author gives plenty of expert knowledge on class and project options. He covers how to design objects in Visual Basic up close and includes some hard-to-find material on collections and multithreading programming techniques. Appleman also provides an interesting example, a live stock-quote server.

A good deal of the book concentrates on writing ActiveX controls in Visual Basic. Although some developers use the Active Template Library (ATL) and Visual C++ for high performance, it's clear that Visual Basic can do a fine job of creating reusable controls. The author presents an A-to-Z tour of ActiveX control development, with due consideration of such topics as properties, events, property pages, and even security and signing. Final sections on ActiveX Documents and the new Visual Basic 6 WebClasses (for ASP development) show off Internet development. In all, this book offers much useful material on expert-mode topics geared to the more seasoned Visual Basic developer. --Richard Dragan

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Developing COM Components with Visual Basic 6 is a focused tutorial for learning component development. It teaches the reader the programming concepts and the technical steps needed to create ActiveX components. Dan Appleman is the author that Visual Basic programmers recommend to their friends and colleagues. He consistently delivers on his promise to break through the confusion and hype surrounding Visual Basic and ActiveX. Appleman goes beyond the basics to show readers common pitfalls and practical solutions for key problems.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Jun. 1999
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Why is it that programmers, who live in a world where one false keystroke can spell doom, so often have difficulty putting two readable sentences together?
I am an experienced ASP developer with self-taught (sloppy) VB skills. My aim is to add a much needed element of knowing elegance to my code. This book has helped make the "knowing" part of my aim happen. Too many books offer endless examples detailing how to build widget calculators and gizmo tabulators. And you know what? All you really learn is how to copy and paste sample code and merrily run around the office showing everyone your wonderful widget calculators and gizmo tabulators. (Of course, if there was a typo in the source code or a bug in the sample app, all you can do is whine on pages like this about how the book sucks because you haven't learned enough to fix the darn thing.)
Too many books walk you step by step by step by ... through everything from installing VB to configuring MTS. I agree with Mr. Appleman. The MS documentation is excellent. No need to rehash it here. What this book gives is a very entertaining and down-to-earth discussion of the theory behind the subject (even a look at COM in the form of a comic book) laced with the author's clear advice on how to apply the theory to the real world.
The presentation reminds me of a "For Dummies" book and I mean this in a very positive way. The most heavily used book on my shelf to this day is "SQL for Dummies." Appleman's book is great in the same way. I'm already sold on his VB/win32 API book. Can't wait to start reading it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 July 1999
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COM is a subject that is covered in detail by many books, but unfortunately, virtually all of them are for C/C++ programmers. Microsoft, in trying too hard to hide COM behind Visual Basic, have really shot themselves in the foot by making important COM functionality inaccessible to all but the most persistent and knowledgeable Visual Basic programmer (see Bruce McKinney's Hardcore Visual Basic for down and dirty COM stuff).
However, Daniel Appleman opens up a new world to Visual Basic programmers. No longer will the word "Objects" be used - Interfaces rule! This is what COM is all about. Once you have finished this book, you will be able to create tight, efficient, and most important of all, safe COM components in Visual Basic.
This now joins Daniel Appleman's Win32 API book, and Bruce McKinney's "Hardcore Visual Basic", as the invaluable "Bibles" on VB programming in Windows.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Mar. 2000
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This books has been a tremendous help in understanding the complex world of OOP and specially of COM and Active-X. It starts from the beginning of the OLE technology and explains the impact of the evolving stages of OLE on Visual Basic and its developers. I would recommend this book to the newcomers as well as to the more experienced developer. A book to have for reference purposes at least.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 May 2000
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Recommended text in my opinion. Does a good job of exlpaining how design time decisions impac upon the performance, re-usability of your COM based app.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Sept. 1999
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I read Dan Appleman's COM/ActiveX book, but I focused mainly on the Code Components portion. But by itself, I really got to know how to create classes and objects without having to go back to reading the book again and again because everything was thoroughly explained. It's definitely for everyone who wants to know COM.
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By A Customer on 10 May 1999
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I had to respond having read the off base previous review. This is one of the best technical books I have ever read and the source code is printed out entirely. Appleman goes beyond boring details and shows you with simple examples the inner workings of VB. Actually, I have been converted to respecting VB now that I understand how OBject Oriented it truly can be. He has very few personal judgements and if he does, he backs up his arguments with logical bench marks that can really open your eyes to performance tuning. I recommend it as an ESSENTIAL book to anyone who will be writing code in VB, regardless of the level.
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Computer books can be notoriously expensive and this book when first published was just one of many. I already have the edition for Visual Basic 5, but there were some considerable enhancements made to Visual Basic 6 and this edition reflects those. Since the secondhand book only cost a penny, plus postage, it is indeed an 'awesome' purchase! Always check when buying used computer books that the CD-ROM, if originally part of the book, is still present. This one wasn't, but I got a large ZIP file emailed direct from the original author for a few pounds.
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This book is heavy to read and digresses a lot from a particular subject at hand (see chapters 7-8-9). If you want to learn COM and activeX rapidly
this is not the book for you. However if you want to read a long story then perhaps this is the right book.
Excellent (but sadly quite repetitive) explanations though!
If you have passed the beginner stage, MCSD style books are by far a better choice.
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