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  • Paperback: 510 pages
  • Publisher: Premier Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (18 Feb. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592007317
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592007318
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.9 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cloud on 23 Dec. 2007
Format: Paperback
I work for a techie company where we rely on VBScript to automate many routine tasks. We would make so many more mistakes without them. So first, credit to Microsoft for making something that is very useful (and surprisingly...free). I understand general programming concepts, but I'm not a programmer. However I needed to understand VBScript so I could write my fair share of scripts. With the use of this book (my company already had it so I did not need to buy it), I developed something simple, but useful (It's not that simple if you are a beginner though). I had to use many special in-built methods and keywords.

This book gives a really great introduction on the language and the WSH environment which is so useful & fascinating to understand and to learn. The organization of the book is actually excellent, and makes it fun to read and follow page to page. The examples are games which I personally think is always a good idea, because they are complex and give you the most opportunity to learn programming logic and the way a language works, and they are fun to do. He does go on to more advanced stuff, which is important. The structure and layout of his coding is disciplined so you pick up good habits. This book also sets you tasks (building on his examples) which are nice motivation to think for yourself and learn further. It's only possible to do if you have time and are really enjoying it. I have brought programming books, but always ended up giving up, but this book has really ignited my desire to learn programming. So I really recommend it if you are a beginner wanting to learn general programming or are looking to automate many routine tasks on your PC.

The other positive thing about VBScript (and therefore learning it) is that it is similar to Visual Basic, VBA, and ASP.
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Really enjoyed this book, it has helped me understand wsh programming much better.Easy to follow, there are some good scripts as well.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tone on 15 Feb. 2011
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I have never got any use from reading this book. there are some examples to play around with but reference to real life applications was very thin.
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Good concept, but the execution is flawed. 17 Jun. 2006
By Jerry Saperstein - Published on Amazon.com
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The core concept of teaching Windows Script Host (WSH) and VBScript through the creation of simple games is solid. But the execution is awful.

Ultimately you should know both WSH and VBScript to be an effective scripter. But author Ford takes you on a tour of the WSH object model before he actually introduces VBScript. He lays out table after table of WSH objects, methods and properties without any real explanation, just the caveat that you'll learn more later. Great technique: confuse the student first, explain later.

The early example scripts are direct lifts from the Microsoft TechNet Script Center. Worse yet, Ford makes mistakes in his description of the WSH objects - and there is no errata on the web site.

Ford spends 62 confusing to the beginner pages on WSH before he gets to VBScript basics. This makes no sense to me. What makes this section entirely laughable, however, is that at its end, Ford "challenges" the reader to make modifications to the sample programs. He has explained absolutely nothing that would assist the neophyte scripter in making these changes. In fact, Ford has said precious little about any WSH specifics.

When Ford finally reaches "VBScript basics" he immediately repeats the mistakes of his WSH chapter: 124 tables listing VBScript objects, methods, properties and other information are introduced . . . without detailed explanation. Ford essentially describes his sample scripts in the manner of "Line 1 says . . ." and then repeats, verbatim, Line 1 without necessarily explaining just what Line 1 does.

Finally Ford should have taken more care to separate his instructions each of the technologies. Literally by combining WSH and VBScript "for the absolute beginner," he is putting far too much on the plate of said beginner - and Ford is not capable of keeping things simple, much less explaining them.

This is defintitely not a book I would recommend for a beginner. And since it never attempts going significantly beyond the most basic concepts, it isn't suitable for more experienced scripters or programmers either. Frankly I wish I had gotten into the book much earlier when I could still have returned it. My copy is headed toward a rummage sale somewhere. Obviously my impression of Thomson Course Technology's "for the absolute beginner" is negative and I won't be considering any others in the series.

31 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Great Approach to Programming, Some Organizational Problems 28 Mar. 2005
By John Matlock - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a book that I like a great deal, yet at the same time have a couple of problems.

Chapter 1 starts on page 3 and is Getting Started with the WSH and VBScript -- Great. Page 4 shows screen images of what we are going to program first, a simple take off on the KnockKnock game. -- Great. But then we have to take a detour as he wanders off doing things like "Introducing the WSH Core Object Model." This contains the usual introduction to OBJECTS that object missionaries seem to have to put in.

For instance he says: "The Windows operating system can be viewed as a collection of objects. For example, a file is an object. So is a folder, disk drive, printer, or any other resource that is part of the computer. What the core object model does is expose these objects in a format that allows scripts to view, access, and manipulate them." -- What BS! -- I have a printer. It's sitting right on top of the computer. I can view it by turning my head just a bit. Yes, I'm wearing glasses to help me view it, but how is the WSH Core Object Model going to help me view it?

He then goes on to say that if this is confusing, don't worry about it, we'll talk about it later. I realize that OBJECTS are Mr. Ford's religion, but I want to get on with programming a little VBScript. He doesn't go on to doing this until page 15 and 16 where we write a little "Hello World" program.

Then we go on to a bit of history. We don't get back to programming the KnockKnock game until page 28.

When he gets to programming he does a great job of getting the program running. In fact his concept of starting with a dead simple program and then building on it is about the best I've seen. One of the hardest things about programming is getting the first program running. Here he does it easily, quickly, concisely -- just great. But what good did it do me to spend all those pages reading that "Microsoft first released VBScript in 1996 as a Web-based, client-side .... ?"

Chapter 2 gets us to programming another neat little game that gets us into a bit of logic. Great! But first, you guessed it, before we get to programming there a bunch of pages on the Core Object Model. Does it really help the Absolute Beginner to read that WshUnnamed provides access to a set of unnamed command-line arguments or that RegDelete() deletes a registry key or value? Do you really want the Absolute Beginner to even be thinking about the registry? Finally he gets to programming, and then he does great once again.

He gets to Chapter 3 and as best I can tell, he never mentions the Core Object Model for the rest of the book.

Conclusion: Great approach to teaching programming to the absolute beginner quickly. Perhaps Mr. Ford, you could put the programming of Chapters 1 & 2 into a chapter by themselves, and then you could put in a new chapter: "The Zen of Objects and Some History."
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
If your not an *Absolute* Beginner 22 May 2006
By David Cone - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If your not an Absolute Beginner... If you have at least some background with programming... This book probably is not for you.

I'm only through the first 9 chapters of this book and I'm having a hard time staying awake while reading it... Perhaps if I was a true beginner I'd appreciate his methods, but to me it seems like the author was paid by the word. Which is to say he uses three paragraphs to say one sentence of meaningful information. And he repeats himself several times (at least in the first three chapters of the book)

I wish the guys who wrote the PHP manual could do one for VBScript.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not perfect, but useful 13 Oct. 2007
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I had done some programming 20+ years ago and wanted an introduction to VBScript. The idea of a review of current programming practice seemed like a good idea, too. There were some interesting errors in the code in a few lessons, as I found. They provided practice in debugging, for what that was worth. The lessons are pretty clear and I found some interesting ways of modifying the scripts as given. It worked for me.
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Good Beginner Book 15 July 2006
By D. L. Hall - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
With no experience in WSH / VBScript this book quickly brought me up to spead and allowed me to writing a number a administrative scripts to control my WinXP environment when similar AD controls were not an option. Recommended as a good building block for one with NO experience. The nature of the book would bore those with even a moderate level of VB experience.
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