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on 8 July 1999
Perhaps it should be re-named Hands on Visual Interdev 6 and get your hands on Visual Studio 6 Enterprise Edition.
I was hoping for a book to introduce me to Visual Interdev 6, and how to connect to Access databases. I found a lot of the content was not on topic at all. How to design a web site, how to use Visual Source Safe, how to manage Corporate development teams etc. etc. This was not why I purchased the book. It would be better if the author had used that space to cover topics not even mentioned in the book at all, like searching for records in a database via a web form.
The very first database chapter presumes the user has SQL Server 6.5, and clearly states you must have this to complete the chapter. You can imagine my disapointment. I don't own SQL Server 6.5 or Visual Source Safe, I am a single designer and don't really care about team development concepts and management. What I care about is developing in Visual Interdev 6. This book was clearly the wrong choice.
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on 10 March 1999
Wanting a more robust database-driven website than Frontpage 98 could offer I purchased Interdev 6. I found the program awkward to learn due to the poor documentation provided by Microsoft. There was little to offer in the way of a basic understanding of the tools and their uses. Having a project-oriented book like "Hands On" allowed me to overcome my early frustrations with Interdev and actually produce some real eye-catching results within just a few hours. I'm already up to page 200 and find myself leaving home from work early to pick up where I left off! This is a great book for those brand-new to Interdev 6!
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on 10 October 1998
This book is only a paper version of the online docs.
One particular peeve I have with this book (and the online documentation) is the loose use of the phrase "in script". Too often the reader is left trying to contextually determine if the book is referring to server side VBScript, server side JScript, client side VBScript, or client side JScript.
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on 26 January 1999
This book should be re-Titled: "How To Use Visual InterDev 6.0 Wizards". And that's it! If you are a developer, this book is absolutely not for you. I will have to return this book and buy another one.
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