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Visio 2003 Developer's Survival Pack [Paperback]

Graham Wideman
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Sep 2003
This guide and accompanying tools are for developers using Microsoft Visio (R) as a platform for building diagrammatic software applications for business, I.T., science and engineering. Covers structure and behavior of Visio platform, architectures for adding functionality, and an extensive browsable reference section.

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  • Paperback: 522 pages
  • Publisher: Diagramantics.Com (Sep 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412011124
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412011129
  • Product Dimensions: 26.9 x 20.1 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,666,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

I have over 25 years of experience in electrical engineering, software development, information systems, business analysis and conceptual modeling. In each of these disciplines I mastered the formal diagrams, yet in addition I always found the need to generate drawings automatically, and to extend each diagrammatic convention in formal or informal ways to convey richer sets of detail- or summary-level concepts.

Partly to that end, I have been building solutions and tools with diagramming libraries and environments for ten years, and with Visio for over five years. I am also affiliated with the SemNet group centered at San Diego State University. Over the last 15 years this group has produced basic tools for diagramming general semantic networks and formally studying the teaching and learning benefits in making concepts and relationships explicit.

Since my first Visio book, (Visio 2000 Developer's Survival Guide) I have enjoyed developing a number of new relationships with people in the Visio business, both inside and outside Microsoft.... several of which have contributed much to the book described here.


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This book is honest in its approach as the complexity of Visio structure may present opportunities for developers to exploit beyond the intention or direct description of the book content. There may also be restrictions!

The presentation is not intended as a programmers guide.

The book is none the less a comprehensive map of Visio 2003 structure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 24 Sep 2004
By IP_Geek - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have several Visio books - most are useless for developers who write VBA/VB/VC++ code for Visio automation. For those who develop for Visio, this is a must-have book. It's simply the Visio developer's bible compared to the rest. It includes sample code, appendices of events, properties and more. I wish I had known about this book before I began visio programming because it's easy to read from beginning to end and progress your skills incrementally - now I use it as a reference.

He also lets you download software tools to use - one awesome one is a VB DLL/VSL adapter. But even without the extra software this book goes into more detail and depth than any other, except the Microsoft Devloper book (which is free online). And it's a great companion to the Msoft book, and covers things it doesn't. (including highlighting the bugs)

All in all, an excellent book and the only one worth buying.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - A must have for Visio programmers 5 Sep 2007
By Dinobrago - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you want to understand Visio and how it works, this is the book. This is probably one of the best developers books I have ever bought because it helps you really understand the structure and organization of Visio so that you can automate it effectively.

The book is informative, easy to read and does a great job of educating you on the internals of Visio.

But if you are looking for a mindless cookbook, go elsewhere. There is not a lick of step-by-step, bible or dummies in this. Those all cover exactly the same novice material. This book covers what ever developer needs. I wish there were more books like this for other products.
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Vision VBA book I found, keeping its promises 6 Jan 2014
By Minh D. Nguyen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Great book, and organized perfectly to my taste, with an overview chapter before more detailed data on each topic, and exhaustive details at that. Mixes graphical elements, tables, bullets, I can't think of a better organization for such a complex subject.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This Author Didn't Come Through With Promise 13 Jan 2007
By Edward H. David - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The book would have been useful had the author honored his statement that one owning the book could download the accompanying code samples and other goodies from his website -- it was for that purpose that I bought the book. On the author's website, you are asked to fill out a form to get access to the material. The author promises to respond promptly. Despite having done this 3 or 4 times, I never got any reply and could not, as a result, obtain the material that was supposed to accompany the book.

Buyer beware!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Visio 2003 Developer's Survival Pack, NOT! 14 May 2007
By D. Hilbert - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Huge disapointment. This is one of the worst technical books I have ever purchased and I wish I could have returned it. Based on its title, the book portraits itself as a guide to help Visio developers understand how to program Visio applications. It falls short on all areas: It is neither a tutorial, nor a reference guide, nor a hand-on book. I purchased the book hoping to learn how to write programs that interact with Visio. If your needs are similar to mine, do not purchase this book; you are better off using the MSDN material available over the web.
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