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Visual Basic 6 Developer's Handbook Paperback – 1 Dec 1998

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Product details

  • Paperback: 1468 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Dec. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0782122833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0782122831
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 2.3 x 25.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,588,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

The Visual Basic 6 Developer′s Handbook helps every VB programmer become a pro. The book′s complete discussions clearly explain the most difficult, and most important, topics faced by Visual Basic programmers today. Coverage includes new Internet tools, new HTML tags, advanced client/server programming, and VBA/VBScript s integration of Windows 98 and other Microsoft applications. Written by two leading VB developers who have created commercial applications for clients such as COMPAQ, Exxon, Texas Instruments, and NASA, this resource offers a variety of topics and depth you won′t find in any other book.

About the Author

Evangelos Petroutsos is a computer engineer who has worked for several corporations and organizations, including the California Institute of Technology and MCI. Currently, he writes computer books and articles, teaches networking and programming courses, and works as a computer communications consultant. He has authored and co–authored many programming books, including Mastering Visual Basic 6 from Sybex.

Kevin Hough is an author and consultant specializing in high–level client/server applications written using Visual Basic and SQL Server. His advanced custom controls have been used in large–scale commercial projects and custom software applications. He is the author of MCSD: SQL Server 6.5 Database Design Study Guide from Sybex.

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By A Customer on 10 July 2001
Format: Paperback
I bought this book on the strength of the same publisher's excellent Access/VBA Developers' Handbooks. How disappointed I was. It skims over all of the topics without getting into any of them in-depth, the examples are trivial, and much of the book merely reproduces Microsoft puffery.
There is more information, and better organised, available for free at the MSDN library.
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I found this book to be a good combination of theoretical and practical chapters with a clear bias towards SQL Server as a database backend. However, SQL Server is the ideal choice example for a database since the author doesn't need to go into too much detail in order to get his points across. Personally, I prefer a lot of practical examples where each chunk of code is explained and this book is a little weak on this. But it is an excellent general book that should cater for a wide spectrum of VB developers. However, I would say for the really advanced material you should go and look at the Wrox stuff since, IMHO, this book takes you upto intermediate level in terms of industrial capabilities. I didn't find any questions at the end of each chapter. This is my only largish gripe though.
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Sybex's "Access 97 Developer's Handbook" was so useful for me a year ago I bought this one for VB without even skimming it at the store. Previous reviewers are right that it's tilted a bit towards SQL Server 7, but that was OK with me since it was what I wanted to learn more of.
I've spent more time reading it than "Expert Guide to Visual Basic", also by Sybex, and would consider this one to be the more detailed of the two.
So many instruction books out there are a waste... Do this, do that, type this in, "Voila! You've made an ADO form!" without giving you the WHY of it all. (Especially those misleading "Learn VB in 21 Days" style books. What a joke...)
You will be keeping this one within arm's reach!
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I bought this book at Costco, just because they were selling it cheap. But it ended up to be the most useful VB book I own. It bypasses the regular "place the textbox on the form" crap and takes you right to the good stuff. I used SQL Server 6.5 a lot and my company is considering upgrading to version 7.0, so the "What's new in 7.0" section was really helpful. Also the section on internet programming was a great find! Overall this is an excellent book, it's very concise and easy to read!
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I read Petroutsos' mastering VB6 book (for the serious beginner to intermediate level programmer), which was also excellent, so I bought this one. This book helps you raise your skills to a fairly advanced level. The only caution is that the first 8 chapters on databases do tend to favor SQL Server, but even so, the information is very useful. All in all, this is a quality book (in a market full hopeless books). Highly recommended
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