Visual Basic 6.0 is ready to take on the Internet with a variety of options for Web development, both on the server and client-side. That's the argument of Professional VB6 Web Programming,
a wide-ranging tour of the strengths of VB for Internet development on the Microsoft DNA platform. This book provides much essential information for any intermediate to advanced VB developer who wants to make the shift to the Internet/intranet development using their favourite tool.
Professional VB6 Web Programming provides in-depth coverage of an entire spectrum of options for the VB development on the Web. For instance, the book provides a guide to using Visual Basic to create business objects used with Visual Inter Dev and the ASP for delivering Web pages on-the-fly.(When used with MTS, this approach greatly improves scalability within the ASP model.)
While there are a number of books on VB business objects, this book is unique when it turns to using Web Classes for creating ASP-based applications from within VB. (The author's example here--a soup-to-nuts tour of a message board application created with Web classes--is itself probably worth the price of this book.)
Another potential standout here, which most developers probably don't think about, is the possibility of using VB to process CGI scripts. (The authors write a custom class to manage stream I/O, usually missing from VB, to pull this off. They also show how to use regular expressions from within VB.)
Throughout this book, its team of authors cover virtually every new and emerging technology, such as XML, RDS and CDONTS (for messaging), but they also manage to cover essential VB Web development techniques in-depth. In all, Professional VB6 Web Programming shows that VB is ready to take on Web development, including cross-browser solutions. This book is all you need to take your existing VB skills to the next level for today's Web. --Richard Dragan, amazon.com
Online discussion of the topics in this book available at Wrox's P2P site
With Version 6, VB has added the ability to develop internet applications on Internet Information Server (IIS), the free web server that comes with NT Server.
Previously web functionality was static and limited but using IIS, ASP and ADO sophisticated, dynamic, data-driven web applications can be created. The web is the fastest growing programming area, now a powerful new platform for VB6 programmers to program web-based applications exists.