Teach Yourself More Visual Basic 5 in 21 Days

COMPUTER BOOK REVIEW
 

370 words, September 21, 1998

Title: Teach Yourself More Visual Basic 5 in 21 Days; Lowell Mauer; SAMS
Publishing; ISBN: 0-672-31062-7; Paper Back; 552  pages; US$ 29.99, CAN$ 42.95,
UKú 26.95

Reviewer: Peter B. MacIntyre,  "The examples, tips, tricks, screen shots, table
listings, warnings, and time savers are all a welcome addition and refreshing
change to the often stale plethora of book offerings on the Visual Basic
subject."

Once again the subject of Visual Basic programming and application development
is approached from the self-teaching point-of-view. This time, however, it is
done with a little twist. In a progressive approach to explaining this very
popular computer programming language the author, Mr. Mauer, assumes that the
reader is already familiar with the general concepts, interface navigation
and language structure of the product. This work builds on those assumptions
and takes the reader to the newer, less travelled roads of Visual Basic
development.

Set up in 21 lessons, one for each "day", Teach Yourself More Visual Basic 5
in 21 Days, does spend some time re-enforcing the more basic concepts of both
the product and programming practices in general. It was refreshing to see that
paper and ink were not squandered on restating what is adequately covered in
many other books on the same issues like inheritance, polymorphism, and
encapsulation. A sampling of the subjects covered is as follows: The Windows
Common Dialogue in Use; Objects, Collections, and Array Processing; Building
Complex Forms; Designing a Database Application; Internet Programming; Coping
with Error Handling; Creating an ActiveX Document; and Adding Character to
Your Application.

The last lesson title mentioned above, Adding Character to Your Application,
gives a short guide to adding Microsoft's new animated characters (known as
agents) to the help engine of Visual Basic applications. This is a nice new
novelty item that the makers of Visual Basic have created.  These agents can
also be added to Internet web pages for visual enhancement and aesthetical
purposes. Check out the following URL for some examples of this newer agent
technology: www.microsoft.com/workshop/c-frame.htm#/workshop/imedia/agent/
default.asp.

The "learning days" in this offering are packed with great additional material
for the Visual Basic developer regardless of skill level. The examples, tips,
tricks, screen shots, table listings, warnings, and time savers are all a
welcome addition and refreshing change to the often stale plethora of book
offerings on the Visual Basic subject. The exercises and quizzes at the end
of each chapter are also endearing to the community college or university
level of education for consideration as textbook material.  

At the very least, for advancing your skill set in the Visual Basic 5 world,
pick up this book!


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