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Sams Teach Yourself Visual InterDev 6 in 24 Hours Paperback – 7 Sep 1999

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Product details

  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Sams; Pap/Cdr edition (7 Sept. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672316420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672316425
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 18.8 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,271,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 (, 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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I had high hopes for this book, but unfortunately they were dashed pretty quickly. Rather than give you solid tutorials to work though to show you how a specific Interdev feature might be deployed within the context of a site, the book just seems to explain the feature itself. An example of how poorly this book was written, is the section on Interdev's database connectivity features. The lesson starts off using Microsofts Northwind sample database and then without warning shows pictures of the the Pubs sample database which left me extremely irritated...
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I got this book a while ago as part of a bundle with Sams 'Teach yourself ASP in 24 hours'. I read this book first, to get to know InterDev, and found that by the end of it I could simply use the other ASP book as a reference because of the amount of ground it covered. This book takes you through all the features of InterDev very gently and is a great beginner's book. While teaching you how to use InterDev to the full, the book covers HTML, DHTML, ASP, Javascript and databases, but only to the point where you can do simple stuff. It is a great introduction to those topics though. There is the odd error in it --beware especially the section on customising style sheets, it killed my installation of InterDev for a while! Despite this I reckon it's still worth the full five stars because of its readability and content.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding first book on Visual InterDev 22 Sept. 1999
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This book was the perfect book to getting me started with Visual InterDev! Definitely pay attention to the title, because this book is for beginners (hence the 24 hour title). However, for someone like myself who never understood just how powerful Visual InterDev can be, I'm completely satisified with the hands-on, tutorial approach taken in this book.
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.
34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Value, Although Not Perfect 17 Jan. 2000
By Tony Liu - Published on
Format: Paperback
Tom Archer's book is probably the best value you can get about VID. The reasons:
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.
Some other VID books boast "in-depth coverage" of VID, but I think they are delusive. You probably need "in-depth coverage" of other specific topics -- ASP, IIS, MTS, JavaScript -- but not of VID. VID is just an editing tool to glue together ASP, CSS, MTS, etc. If you see a VID book thicker than 800 pages, then I doubt the real value of it.
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.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only 24 hour book, that go beyond the basics 24 Oct. 1999
By Alexis Rios - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book. If you need to learn Visual Interdev, then this is the book to start with the right foot. Covers: JavaScript, VBScript, Introduction to DHTML, Cascading Styles, ASP with VBScript, Database management with SQL Server and some other cool stuff. The book and narrative is good to follow. This is a winner and it will be always with my library.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to VisInterdev and ASP in general 23 Nov. 1999
By Chris Maunder - Published on
Format: Paperback
A great book. It provides you with concise explanations and step-by-step instructions on the basics of using Visual Interdev, as well as an introduction to ASP, ADO and SQL. Tom writes in a relaxed fashion that's easy to read and simple to follow, yet conveys a great deal of useful easily digested information.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative? Absolute! ; Pefect writing style? Who cares! 9 April 2000
By Gary Silk - Published on
Format: Paperback
Being a developer, I think I have a slightly different take on computer books than the "PhD" that wrote one of the reviews. The reviewer there spoke of thing such as "absence of vocal inflection" and other nonsense. Sorry, but I don't know what that means and don't care to. When I purchase a book to learn a programming language or tool, I care about 2 things: the author's knowledge and his ability to convey that to me.
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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