Sams Teach Yourself Visual InterDev 6 in 24 Hours Paperback – 7 Sep 1999
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From the Back Cover
Sams Teach Yourself Visual InterDev in 24 Hours quickly empowers you to create database-driven dynamic web sites and web applications. Tom Archer skillfully guides you through the VI user interface and enables you to build your first web site after only one hour. As you progresses through the lessons you will understand how to take your web sites to the next level by using Visual InterDev built-in design time controls to add database connectivity to create dynamic web applications. In addition, you will receive lessons on topics such as integrating multimedia, creating client and web server scripts, creating Active Server Pages, tracking and maintaining user information, creating database queries and stored procedures, and Web site security.
About the Author
Tom Archer is a veteran developer and author with over 15 years of experience. Currently, Tom creates Intranet solutions with Visual InterDev for AT&T, and content for CodeGuru (www.codeguru.com), a popular on-line programmer¿s resource. In addition, Tom has helped create several successful software products including Peachtree Office Accounting and the IBM/World Book Multimedia Encyclopedia, and is the author of 2 other programming titles.
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In fact, I almost hate saying that this book is a beginner-level only book becuase it does cover some topics (e.g., scriptlets, data environment, etc.) that not even the "more advanced" books cover.
I was especially pleased with the fact that I could pick this book up and without having to read every single chapter, jumpt to the chapters of interest and immediately start writing applications. Two days after I purchased this book, I already had a simple Timesheet and Hour Logging Web application written using Active Server Pages, ADO, VBScript, and scriptlets (for validation).
I definitely recommend this book to anyone that has bought one of those "sold by the pound" books only to subsequently use them as door stops.
Many people who want to learn VID already have experiences using VB, SQL, or other software packages. This book tells almost all the basics you want to know -- setting up a website with VID, cascading style sheets, version control with SourceSafe, ASP, ADO, secured websites -- and this book is concise. It doesn't waste time on fluffy stuff. You can get up-to-speed with VID in a few hours, literally.
Just a few drawbacks with Tom Archer's book -- Tom also tries to show how non-programmers can pick up VID and create a professional website in a few hours. But do you really believe (or trust) a non-programmer to write an ASP, link it up with a SQL Server, and put it on your corporate web server? Some times I felt Tom lost focus on target audience.
To summarize, this book gives you a good value so that you get the basics of VID in a few hours, then jump deeper into other topics later on -- ASP, IIS or MTS.
I have to give this book 5 starts because Mr. Archer definitely comes through in both those areas. How can I say that this book is that good? I use a very simple yet effective barometer. After reading this book, did I know more than when I started? The answer is a resounding YES! When I first cracked this book, I didn't have the first clue as what Visual InterDev even is. To give you an idea of how good the book is, I have just completed my THIRD Web site in two months using what I've learned from this book! I don't mean to brag but personal experience is always the best testimonial!
The only caveats I'll add are these: 1) Some samples don't work. I didn't take "points" away for this for the simple reason that Mr. Archer was extremely patient and helpful in guiding me "one-on-one" to get them to work. 2) This book is a *Visual InterDev* book. Therefore, it will get you started in the use of things like DHTML, CSS, script, etc. with regards to VID, but obviously to cover every technology that can be used with VID would take about 3,000 pages! Therefore, except in a very elemenatry fashion, the book only covers those areas with regards to how to make them work within the context of VID.
Having said all that, in summary I would say that if you are a beginner to Visual InterDev and want to ramp up quickly on the subject of creating Web sites and Web applications, then this is the book to purchase. (My clients can surly attest to that :) Then as you go through this book, you can decide what other technologies you'll be using extensively in your Web development and purchase more advanced books focusing on those technologies.
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