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Visual Basic Graphics Programming 2nd Edition [Book & CD Rom] Paperback – 27 Oct 1999

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  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (27 Oct. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471355992
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471355991
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 4.1 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,190,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Visual Basic's graphics commands are simple and easy to use, but relatively slow and limited. Considering Windows succeeded in large part because it provides a graphical interface it's strange to find the premier Windows application development tool provides such poor graphics support. Rod Stephens' book attempts to remedy this without recourse to a new language. He does what everyone does when they need to accelerate VB programs and hits the APIs. The main reason for this is to gain more speed and provide pixel level control of graphics.

After a crash course in avoiding system crashes when working with APIs the rest of the book examines the various graphical operations you might want to perform and shows you how to do it as efficiently as possible. Stephens starts with lines and palettes before introducing pixel bashing, which is tricky in VB using API calls. He discusses mapping various co-ordinate systems to the basic pixel system underlying the standard VB graphics features and addresses the problems.

The bulk of the book is spent in introducing graphic editing, formatting, creation, transformation, animation and other operations. Each is described, the algorithms you need to achieve each are discussed, the API calls you need listed and sample code created. The material is far-ranging. You get everything: bar graphs, strange attractors, image sharpening, tiling, colour handling, 3D transformations, surface mapping and even ray tracing.

There are actually many similar books on graphic programming but most tend to use C or a metalanguage. Such books aren't too useful to VB programmers where an intimate knowledge of the Windows APIs is essential to implement them, so Stephens book is valuable indeed to those wanting to go beyond VB's original intentions without changing programming environments. --Steve Patient


This is a guide to creating the full range of VB colour graphics applications from those using as few as 16 colour images to "hi or true-true" colour applications that use more than 256 images. 75 per cent of the book and the source code has been revised to take advantage of VB's programming features and to support new colour models.

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