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Microsoft WSH and VBScript Programming for the Absolute Beginner, Third Edition [Paperback]

Jerry Ford , Jr
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11 Dec 2008 1598638033 978-1598638035 3
VBScript is an excellent first programming language to learn. Its simplicity makes learning basic programming concepts easy. Yet VBScript is a powerful scripting language from which you can learn even the most complex programming concepts such as how to perform object-based programming. Unlike Visual Basic, VBA, and many other programming languages, there is no complex development environment to learn. In fact, you can create all your VBScripts using a simple text editor such as Windows Notepad. VBScripts can be run on WSH (Windows Script Host) and several other environments. If you are new to programming with Microsoft WSH and VBScript and are looking for a solid introduction, this is the book for you. Developed by computer science professors, books in the "For the Absolute Beginner'" series teach the principles of programming through simple game creation. You will acquire the skills that you need for more practical WSH and VBScript programming applications and will learn how these skills can be put to use in real-world scenarios. Best of all, by the time you finish this book, you will be able to apply the basic principles you've learned to the next programming language you tackle.

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Delmar; 3 edition (11 Dec 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598638033
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598638035
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.5 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 528,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for beginners 19 Jun 2009
I'm a complete noob when it comes to any sort of scripting/programming, brought this book a few weeks ago and it is great, it introduces you slowly and each chapter shows you how to create a game increasing in difficulty as the book progresses.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolute Must Have! 18 July 2003
By Demoda O. - Published on Amazon.com
This book is an absolute must for the beginning VBScript programmer. Not only does Ford provide step-by-step direction to scripting, gradually ramping the complexity of the exercises, but he leaves the reader with WORKING scripts in the form of games with foundational concepts applicable to real-world scripting development.
My primary objective was to learn VBScripting basics to support script enhancements for Mercury Interactive's QuickTest Pro tool (that is based in VBScript), and this book well served its purpose.
I highly recommend it to other readers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad 21 April 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This book was a very easy read. I am a complete beginner when it comes to WSH and VBScripting. I found this book to be a great primer. The only questions the book left me with were the actual syntax of methods, properties, and built in functions. These are important areas, but I feel the book left me with a good overall understanding of the 2 topics. I am not sure I could write my own worth while script yet, but I could definitely read and understand a script already created. Only took 2 days of reading to complete this book and my interest was kept the whole time.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Starts by building a good foundation. 29 Mar 2009
By Star Wars Fan - Published on Amazon.com
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I need to learn VBScript for work. I purchased this book and On The Job Training Series: VBScript by CBT Nuggets. I liked the CBT but I felt like I was walking into a movie 20 minutes late. The content was good but I felt like I was missing a good foundation of knowledge. This book started out exactly as I thought it should. It started out by making really simple scripts and then building on that knowledge by making progressively larger ones. People always wonder about typos in technical books. Through the first 100 pages, I have caught a few typos but they have been minor in nature. None of them has impaired my ability to learn. I bought this book because it was amongst the newest VBScript books available. I'm pleased to see it is also a high quality book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vastly improved over earlier editions 8 Mar 2010
By Jerry Saperstein - Published on Amazon.com
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I panned an earlier edition of this book as confused and not providing useful information.

In this Third Edition, Jerry Lee Ford, Jr. gets it right.

He says he has added a new chapter and two new appendices, in addition to expanding coverage throughout the book. All of these efforts show to good effect.

This is now an excellent introduction learning VBScript, one of the most widely used scripting languages.

Ford leads you by the hand through the very basics of using Windows Script Host (WSH) and VBScript. He begins with an overview and moves into the Windows Script Host, which is a good idea. VBScript is capable by itself within a limited range: it is WSH that really expands its usefulness - and WSH can be a difficult concept to understand.

As in the other "Absolute Beginner" series, they use the development of games as their teaching vehicle. I am uncomfortable with this concept, but you do what you have to do.

In this instance, Ford uses the concept well to teach the essentials of VBScript and constants, variables, arrays, dictionaries, conditional logic, data, error tracking and so on. He then moves into more realistic scenarios involving the Windows Registry, Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), Remote WSH and WSH Administrative Scripting.

Overall, what was once a throwaway book is now an excellent way to teach and learn VBScript. Ford has done a great job of listening to his critics and revising his product.

11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great for the beginner 12 Dec 2004
By JT - Published on Amazon.com
I reallly enjoyed this book. It was a great reference for a beginner such as myself. It was easy to read and very easy to understand. I definitely recommend this book to anybody wanting to learn how to script. I would have it given it five stars but there were a few spelling and graphical errors in it. Other than that, a great book for beginners.
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