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VBScript Sourcebook (Sourcebooks) Paperback – 31 Oct 1997

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Product details

  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Pap/Cdr edition (31 Oct. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047119106X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471191063
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 3.3 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,539,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

From the basics to advanced programming techniques, a complete tutorial on using VBScript to build cutting–edge Web sites.

No matter what your level of programming expertise, with the VBScript Sourcebook you′ll quickly master Microsoft′s powerful new Web page scripting extension language. You′ll learn to:
∗ Use VBScript with advanced HTML and Dynamic HTML
∗ Create self–validating forms, interactive games, and local databases using DHTML data binding
∗ Enliven your Web pages with state–of–the–art multimedia using embedded objects.

Combining a structured approach to understanding and using VBScript with hands–on practical advice, Mary Jane Mara takes you step–by–step from VBScript basics to advanced programming techniques. Get acquainted with all the new VBScript objects, properties, methods, events, and other extensions in the new DHTML object model while receiving beginner– to intermediate–level tutorials on how to use VBScript to enhance your Web pages. Then sharpen your skills as you learn advanced techniques for using the full power of VBScript and DHTML to build cutting–edge Web applications. Also included is a complete guide to VBScript′s objects, properties, methods, functions, and other language elements for easy and convenient reference while you script.


Visit the companion Web site,, to find fully executable example scripts from the book, which you can download and use to develop your own scripts.

About the Author

Mary Jane Mara is a senior consultant for Complete Data Solutions in Austin, Texas. She previously owned and operated a custom software development company for ten years. Her articles have appeared in major industry magazines; and she is the author of five other computer books, including three on scripting languages and two on the World Wide Web.

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A good book over all, particularly good for those who already know Javascript. Covers VBScript for IE4.
Also, the best explanation & reference of the document object model I've seen.
Only thing I would have liked to have seen is at least a small section on ASP/server side VB Script.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of Paper 19 Oct. 1999
By Dan ( - Published on
Format: Paperback
One must wonder the worth of a book when a large numbers of pages are devoted to useless example code that is quadruple spaced. The goal seems to be to make a book as thick as possible so a buyer feels that he gets a "comprehensive" "Well Detailed" and a high #pages/price ratio. Instead, I would more value the thinner, more concise book (e.g. "... in a nutshell" O'reilly series books)
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2.0 out of 5 stars very disappointing 30 May 2000
By Timbus - Published on
Format: Paperback
The book is actually about how to program in VB for beginners, and the contents about the actual web development aspects are next to none. Examples do not work; online support is poor for that the author changed the online examples without changing the downloadable codes. Not worth buying at all.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No coverage of Server side scripting 26 Jun. 1999
By Robert Storrs - Published on
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Since the primary use of VB Script is on the server side and the only reason I bought the book, I was completely disappointed to find no coverage of creating ASP pages or any other reference to server side activity. It also has no information on accessing databases - again because of the bias toward browser development. Save your money
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great reference for developers 30 Aug. 2000
By Dennis Ward - Published on
Format: Paperback
I love this book for what it is: a great reference. Both the developer I mentor and myself love this book. It breaks down the IE DOM into easy to read entries. It clearly states syntax and variable ranges. It has only what an experienced developer needs in syntax in an easy to find format.
Not for learning how to program.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Got me up and running quickly 11 Aug. 2001
By tbonds - Published on
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At the time, there weren't many books on VBS. This was just about the best out there. Now, I would probably go with an O'Reilly book. Anyway, I thought it was concise and info was easy to find when using as a reference. If you already have experience with using VB, even for just MS Excel and Access (not the full blow language version), this book will benefit you. I just needed a lookup reference on how to do stuff with VBS for the web, and that's exactly what I got. This book helped me to create my first online order calculator for a site that I'm webmaster for. However, if you need more coverage of the VB language, then choose another, more comprehensive book. I think the books assumes that you know something about VB already. If so, then this book is probably enough.
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