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This book does not live up to its advertising.
on 13 March 1999
It is definitely not "Everything You Need to Pass Microsoft's Visual Basic 6 Certification Exam." In fact, the authors barely seem to recognize that there are now actually two VB6 exams, 70-176(Desktop Apps) and 70-175(Distributed Apps).
First the bad news: the book is not much more than a quick update of a previous VB5 text. Newer features of VB6 are included, but the authors fail to cover Microsoft's big push to differentiate between developing VB desktop and distributed(enterprise) applications. You might be able to use this book to sneak through the 70-176 exam (if you supplement it with some additional material on ADO and the Package and Deployment Wizard), but you'll probably get hammered on the 70-175 exam.
Secondly, the "practice test" on the CD-ROM is not representative at all. Again, it's mostly their old VB5 questions, with virtually no VB6 topics, desktop or distributed. Also, the question formats are all "quick hitters", but the actual MS exams use some fairly involved scenarios.
Now a little good news: even though it's not such a great exam prep book, it is very good for learning VB. The discussions are very readable and the programming advice is good. The exercises are also worth doing, especially for beginners. However, the index is so pathetic that it makes the book very difficult to use as a desktop reference -- you'll have to slog back thru the whole book every time just to find those cool programming tricks that you read about the first time.
In summary, I think this book got rushed to market like most every other computer reference. With some redesign, the next revision might actually be pretty good. However, since I really was looking for an exam prep guide, I can't help but feel ripped off.