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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Visual Basic 6 (The Complete Idiot's Guide) [With CD-Rom] Paperback – 15 Dec 1998


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Imprint Unknown; 1 edition (15 Dec. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078971812X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789718129
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 2.3 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 322,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book will show the reader the basics of Visual Basic through friendly, task oriented examples and a hands on approach. This book and series is specifically designed for the new Visual Basic user and the tasks that they will want to accomplish. The text is written in a straight-forward conversational tone with detailed instructions outlining important tasks you need to get the most from Visual Basic. Topics include: Events, variables, arrays, forms, classes and modules; Visual Basic design environment; Message Box Object and Input Box Object; BAS Modules; File Input and Output; Graphics and Multimedia; Controls and Properties; Levels, Buttons, and Text Boxes; Looping; List Boxes and Data Lists; Menus; Toolbars; and Distributing Your Application.

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Clayton Walnum started programming computers in 1982, when he traded an IBM Selectric typewriter to buy an Atari 400 computer (16K of RAM!). Clay has since acquired a degree in computer science, and written over 30 books (translated into many languages) covering everything from computer gaming to 3D graphics programming. He's also written hundreds of magazine articles and software reviews, as well as countless programs.


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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Feb. 2002
Format: Paperback
Although his book is written in such a manner that the almost complete novice can understand it, it is also a very handy reference for those with prior programming knowledge. The chapters are well organised, taking the reader from the very beginnings through to some more complicated aspects of the VB language.
However, where this book really comes into it's own is with the inclusion of VB 6.0 Working Model Edition. This allows the reader to actually try the examples given in the text for themselves. Personally I found that this had the inevitable effect of allowing my curiosity to take over and experimentation with the concepts newly introduced gave for a deeper understanding.
All in all, I have been thoroughly pleased with this book and CD, and consider it to be great value for money.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Jun. 1999
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They say the road to programming is an arduos and taxing one. Well, like everything in life there are exceptions. This book is just one example of such a scenario.
For someone completely alien to programming it teaches you from the basics of Form design to the complexities of putting together little applications. Furthermore, the description of the language syntax is easily placed out and is very easy to grasp.
A few problems I came across were that the method of installation of the VB executeable attached at the back of the book, was curiously placed toward the end of the book.
Also the language syntax could do with a few more examples and the book could have had more images.
But all in all a book worth purchasing for the programming novice.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Aug. 2001
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I bought this book and found it great. It even comes with a working copy of vb, the only catch is that you can't run the exe files without running visual basic.
The book it self is easy to use and very simple. I had some previous knowledge of programming in C and found it very simple but great and easy to understand for a beginner.
Great book, Great price
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Weber on 23 Mar. 2000
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Keeping it rather brief, I would like to thank all persons who have shared their reviews for this particular book as it has definitely made me make the correct choice in choosing a book for VB which I have attempted for the first time. Have done C and C++ and have found this to be an exciting and easy language to learn. I am still on a learning curve with programming and am happy to any suggestions from anyone with regards to some healthy advice on moving forward in this field. With regards to this book, Clayton Walnum has made it very interesting, adding some great humour whilst moving through the chapters. Very well explained, covering all the basics and well presented visually. An absolute recommendation to all who consider VB first tome round!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ommy_m@hotmail.com on 2 Feb. 2002
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If you have no knowledge of programming this book is for you it is simple to understand and gives you examples to try out
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 May 2001
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This book shows you how to do a lot of fancy front end stuff, but if you are serious about learning VB and applying it to your work buy something more substainal and better value for money. You will be very quickly dropping this book for something more advanced.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gavin on 5 Nov. 2002
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I have tried [and failed] to get to grips with a number of VB books but this is the one which finally spoke to me in layman's, but not 'idiot's', terms. The prose treats you like an impatient adult [which i am], giving you fast results yet still impressively introduces you to a wide range of VB tools. I was very pleased with this purchase as it so clearly bridged the gap between what I wanted to achieve in vb, and my poor understanding of how vb actually works. A great introduction to VB, esp if you have some idea of what you want VB to do for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "abilacey" on 13 Jan. 2004
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This is one of the better beginner's guides to VB6.
Despite being very language specific it does actually mention basic programming concepts like variables and data types(inadequately dealt with in so many text books), selection, looping, arrays (albeit very basically) and file handling, unlike many others now-a-days. This gives the reader the opportunity to develop their own programs, rather than having to edit the programs in the book because the format is based around explaining how specific programs work rather than being shown concepts that can be applied to any program.
However, despite the praise I found "Visual Basic 6: A Complete Course" by Phil Jones a far superior text book, and I recommend that you purchase that instead.
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