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Beginning Visual Basic SQL Server 7 Paperback – 1 Jan 2000

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Useful for any developer who works with Microsoft SQL Server databases, Beginning Visual Basic SQL Server 7.0 delivers the goods on several key technologies, as well as a thorough introduction to working with SQL Server and its related tools. It's an essential resource for anyone who wants to take advantage of the performance and reusability of server-side stored procedures on the Microsoft platform.

This book covers a number of absolutely essential APIs that will be needed by any programmer who works with Microsoft databases. First, the author presents a good introduction to ActiveX Data Objects (ADO), the recommended standard for programming with databases.

The text's principle strength has to be its comprehensive tour of Microsoft Transact-SQL (T-SQL), starting with simple SELECT and action queries, to different types of joins between relational tables. What's best here is the author's step-by-step tutorial for each SQL statement, along with an example written using client-side SQL (where the SQL is written in ADO on the client), as well as the same code executed as a stored procedure on the server. (Here ADO is used to invoke server-side T-SQL.) This approach not only provides an excellent introduction to SQL itself, but also furnishes what you need to use stored procedures effectively. Server-side database programming used to be the stuff of experts only, but this book shows how anyone can do it using today's Visual Basic.

The title closes with several case studies that show off database front-ends for a hypothetical auto dealership. In all, Beginning Visual Basic SQL Server 7.0 provides vital material on database programming that can let beginning or intermediate VB developers take their skills to the next level and get the most out of Microsoft database tools and technologies. --Richard Dragan


Most Visual Basic applications involve database programming of some kind, and SQL Server 7.0 is the database of choice for many Visual Basic programmers. This book introduces SQL Server 7.0, covering all its essential features, and then moves on to discuss building VB applications using a SQL Server backend database.

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
Beginning Visual Basic SQL Server 7.0 15 Mar. 2000
By john blue - Published on
Format: Paperback
First of all, this book definitely is not an introduction book for Visual Basic. I'd like to give this book 5+ stars if I could. It is not only an EXCELLENT introduction book for MS SQL 7.0 and ADO, but also an EXCELLENT introduction book for how to write the stored procedures and how to use or call a stored procedure in your VB code. I have been looking for a good introduction book for how to write and use the stored procedures with VB for a long time. Finally, I got this one. I really like the Chapter 8: Stored Procedures vs T-SQL Statements. It shows you for a same task in two different ways to do it. One is Stored Procedures, the other one is T-SQL Statements. The side-by-side comparisons of stored procedure and SQL statement is a wonderful idea, especially good for beginner. Mr. Thearon Willis really understands the definition of BEGINNING.
30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
If you are looking for a SQL 7.0 book, this is it! 20 Feb. 2000
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This book is one of the best I've found to learn SQL 7.0 by. Don't let the "Visual Basic" part confuse you. The book is a practical guide on all aspects of SQL 7.0 from installation, database creation, and data manipulation, to the application of the concepts in real-world application examples. The explanations are step-by-step, thorough and very clear so that a novice user can understand fully and quickly become able to create and deploy SQL databases. And once you're ready for more, Vieira's "Professional SQL Server 7.0" is a great follow-up book to this one.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Not for VB beginners 22 May 2000
By A Customer - Published on
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The title of the book is not beginning visual basic, it is beginning visual basic sql server 7. If people are looking for a book to learn visual basic, do not look here. If you are look for the best introduction to sql server and vb programming, then GET THIS BOOK! The examples are well thought out and are actually practical! The author does actually normalize the intro database correctly as you could have both husband and wife (ie, same address) in the database. this book is the best intro to sql server there is!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
VB & SQL Server 7 & Stored Procedures & ... 26 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
If you are already a VB programmer and want to learn SQL Server 7 AND ADO, give this book a try. Read it cover to cover - when you are done with it, you will be amazed at what you have learned. We programmers need more books written in this vein. My only complaint is that there could be more in-depth discusion on which is the best ADO method to use for a given scenario of data and queries to the data. By the way, I hope you like to type... alot of it to do with this book. WROX must like to cut costs by eliminating the CD and using a font between 6 pt. and 7 pt. I guess you can get by if you are on the net. Just pick out an ADO approach you like and stick with it? More discussion is needed on which syntax should be used for a given set of circumstances. Still a great book though!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Author is a genius, when it comes to writing. 1 Feb. 2002
By Dan Alustiza - Published on
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I've been a software engineer for just over 20 years now, and to this date, this author is by far, the most talented author, I've encountered. The book covers all that is required, for a Visual Basic developer, to learn the tasks associated with building applications for Visual Basic using SQL. With other books, it never failed that the author would leave something important out, when demonstrating a technique, but the author of this book, Thearon Willis, covers everything, down to the intimate detail. Thearon also has reminders through out the book, that remind the reader not to forget to do something, that may have already been covered. I believe the author has the ability to convey upon the reader, in an understandable manner, like no other author has.
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