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Sams Teach Yourself Visual InterDev in 21 Days [Paperback]

Michael Van hoozer
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24 Aug 1998 0672312514 978-0672312519 1

This book is organized in the familiar day-by-day format of the Sams Teach Yourself series. Each lesson provides an overview of the topic being presented as well as providing hands-on examples. Each chapter ends with a summary as well as quiz questions and exercises to verify the reader's learning. The book will cover a number of key topics related to Visual InterDev, including: designing and developing of dynamic Web sites, editing Web pages, working with images and multimedia, client-side scripting, working with databases, using the visual data tool, understanding database component and more! In addition to doing an overall revision of the book for the new version, the following specific changes will be made: exercises added to all the chapters,the weeks in review will be expanded to include hardcore example applications incorporating the elements of the previous week and coverage of new Visual InterDev features will be added including Dynamic HTML, Scriptlets and more.


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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Sams; 1 edition (24 Aug 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672312514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672312519
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 18.3 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,135,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is organized in the familiar day-by-day format of the Sams Teach Yourself series. Each lesson provides an overview of the topic being presented as well as providing hands-on examples. Each chapter ends with a summary as well as quiz questions and exercises to verify the readers learning. The book will cover a number of key topics related to Visual InterDev, including- Designing and developing of dynamic Web sites, editing Web pages, working with images and multimedia, client-side scripting, working with databases, using the visual data tool, understanding database component, and more! In addition to doing an overall revision of the book for the new version, the following specific changes will be made- - Exercises added to all the chapters - The weeks in review will be expanded to include hardcore example applications incorporating the elements of the previous week - Coverage of new Visual InterDev features will be added including Dynamic HTML, Scriptlets, and more.

About the Author

Michael Van Hoozer .is a senior manager with PSI Consulting focusing on client/server application development and Microsoft technology since 1990. He has managed several large-scale projects involving the development of both static and dynamic Web page applications. He has developed several training courses and instruction manuals, and he contributed to Sams¿ Visual Basic 4 Unleashed.


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Format:Paperback
I have used Allaire Homesite before for writing ASP pages, recently forced myself to Visual Interdev.
This book not only teaches you how to use VI, but also hints you a healthy application development throughout chapters.
You might be flustrated with the lacking of examples, since they are not always available in everyday. Hold your breath for a few days (I know it is hard) and you will find one that would satisfy you.
After all, this is a good book IF YOU ALREADY know some HTML and got some experience in application development. If you haven't met the criteria I have mentioned, you may have to do some studies before you make a conclusion hating this book.
I certainly hope they either rename this book, or publish that under Wrox, or get some details in the preface so that people would not expect it incorrectly.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Spolit by errors, vagueness and bad organisation 28 Feb 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
On first impressions, this book looks good, but having actually followed the examples I have found that many simply don't work. For example, passing a parameter to a recordset. The example says that you can write [parameter] in the SQL code. Utter rubbish -- it doesn't work like that. Not only does it give a wrong example, the book then fails to explain the concepts that would enable you to figure out how to do it properly.
After coming up against that hurdle and being unable to figure it out (I spent a day trying) I decided to give up on Visual Interdev and write ASPs by hand.
Also, the book is written like a MS advertising leaflet -- "bla bla bla technology makes it easy to do x,y and z". It then fails to explain how or to give any examples, or at least any examples that work.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Some good ideas but lacking good examples 16 April 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
The book is not without merit but could use fewer words and better examples. I found the first 5 or 6 chapters to be full of good information and ideas. But after a while I got tired of the author telling me what he was going to tell me about later instead of just walking me through it then. I've been programming ASP manually for over a year so a lot of it was review but some of it was good. When I finally got to the meat of the book, like other readers, I couldn't get the examples to work. I had the lastest downloads but they didn't work either. And there were no readme files or instructions with the latest example files, which contained bits of text, looked like part of an email. Guess I'll try another book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Nice try, but... 28 Sep 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Frustrating. There are a lot of good tips in how to use the Interdev product, but the book could use a good editing job. You're not sure at times when the author is attempting to run you through an example or just giving you general information. It's also frustrating because a number of areas that would be extremely useful to the developer (Server scriplets, DMTL scriptlets, and so forth) are either glossed over or poorly explained. Some areas of the book (the UI, where certain properties and options are found) are obviously based on betas of the InterDev 6 release which have subsequently changed. In short, a nice try but unless you;'re a total beginner on web development, look elsewhere.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The worst book I've ever bought! 27 May 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book is so bad, I'll never buy another book by this author again, and my confidence in Sams/Macmillan publishing is seriously shaken. Unfortunately, it was the first book on Interdev I bought. Many of the examples don't work at all - and now that I've learned from other books, I see that the author is utterly ignorant of basic concepts of using Interdev. I agree with the reviewer who wrote that this book does more harm than good, because it teaches many incorrect things, ignores some basics, and generally fails to accomplish anything. Not what I expect in a book I'm actually paying money for.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Editing 18 Nov 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I found there to be a fair amount of useful information, but being new to VID, I was extremely disappointed in the fact that so few of the examples worked as expected. Without a respectable amount of programming experience, one would probably not be able to make the adjustments necessary to get some scripting examples to work at all.
Overall, a careless piece of work. I've come to expect this from Sam's. Wait for a Wrox publication.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A lot of fluff without much substance 7 Jun 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book is written in a manner that is hard to follow. I often got the impression that the author was merely trying to fill up pages rather than convey a specific point. This may explain why there are very few good examples in this book. The author seems to love Microsoft and therefore objective opinions about Visual Interdev 6.0 are missing from this book. In short do not buy this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff on scriplets and database access 28 Dec 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I was already familiar with Visual Interdev 6.0 when I read this book, but there were some areas I needed a refresher on, specially the data access and scriptlets sections, which are described in good detail and are easy to follow.
I did notice a bug in one of the examples in an early chapter, but I have since checked the Sam's website and they've put out a fix.
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