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Professor John Smiley answers 100 questions he's most commonly asked by beginning and intermediate programmers in "Learn to Program Visual Basic Examples." This book includes a unique interactive format, provides practical applications for programmers, and details solutions that are diffucult to find in help files and standard documentation. This book is thought-provoking reading for all Visual Basic programmers -- not just in answering problems, but also introducing some neat techniques you may never have thought of for giving your programs real power.
Outline Review Written for the beginning Visual Basic programmer, John Smiley's Learn to Program with Visual Basic Examples provides 100 examples of common Visual Basic problems and gotchas. A supplement to the author's excellent VB primer Learn to Program with Visual Basic 6, this book can certainly deepen the knowledge of any novice VB programmer.
The book is cast in the format of a fictitious VB cable TV show in which the author as TV personality answers questions from 100 users calling in from around the world. Though this format will not please readers who are in a hurry for technical information, it allows the author to explore each VB issue at length with great patience and depth. Notable for its patient teaching style and uniquely imaginative format, Learn to Program with Visual Basic Examples provides dozens of tips on getting more out of Visual Basic. --Richard Dragan
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.97" Width: 7.75" Height: 1.02" Weight: 1.82 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2001
Publisher Course Technology PTR
ISBN 1929685157 ISBN13 9781929685158
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More About John Smiley
John Smiley has been programming and teaching for over 20 years. He is the president of John Smiley and Associates, a computer consulting firm which serves clients in the Philadelphia Metropolitan area. He teaches computer science at Penn State University, the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, Holy Family College, and he currently teaches popular online courses on SmartPlanet.
John Smiley currently resides in Philadelphia, in the state of Pennsylvania.
Reviews - What do customers think about Learn to Program Visual Basic Examples (Miscellaneous)?
A Silly, But Simple Read That I Found Very Helpful Aug 5, 2006
When I made the decision to get serious about learning Visual Basic I was glad I happened across this book. Although I found the cable T.V. question / answer format a bit much, I had to admit that it was a unique and novel approach to teaching a subject as vanilla as VB programming.
This book is more than wordy. It could have easily been written in half the space. But then again, the author demonstrates a teaching style that is what I consider painfully patient. Although my learning style is more of a "get to the point" bullet point orientation, I acknowledge that many, many people may find his detailed coverage of even the minutest aspect of programming to be extremely valuable.
That said, you do indeed get 100 pretty neat ideas on how to solve some common coding problems that a beginning to intermediate programmer will find helpful. I use his techniques in my own applications for things such as preventing a second instance of my program from running, determining if a file exists, figuring out why executable files won't run on distributed machines, and a number of others.
Many of the code examples were of things I already knew how to do. However, it's always nice to read another approach and possibly discover a more efficient or even more reliable way of accomplishing the same thing.
This book is definitely for the beginner VB6 programmer. If you're just learning and want 100 or so clear-cut examples of how to perform some of the more "basic" tasks in Visual Basic 6, then this is a good place to get a few really good ideas. If you're looking for a more advanced treatment of VB6, then this book is not for you. Otherwise, it's a good investment, but I rate it four stars for wordiness.
Don't bother May 8, 2004
The book is basically a dialogue from the author's class on visual basic databases. I found this writing style to be very annoying and not easy to follow. The whole book is centered around one project and presents a narrow viewpoint rather than the more comprehensive approach to database design I was looking for.
Visual Basic Examples Jan 10, 2004
This text book is laid out in a very relaxing format, unlike so many text books that leave you tense after studying them. The book is a "talk show", question and answer format. John Smiley answers each "callers'" question with detailed examples and references to topics already learned or covered if they relate. I would highly recommend this textbook.
This book was the turning point in my studies Jul 13, 2003
Simple to follow and examples of how newbies would do something (that didn't work) and what was wrong, and then an example of it done correct...
This book finally made things click... REALLY 'THE TURNING POINT' in my self-studies!
Written as if it were a detailed record of a call-in Visual Basic help show.
I suggest those trying to learn VB get this and all of John Smiley's books on the subject (I own them all!)
Learn to Program Visual Basic 6 Examples Oct 23, 2002
I purchased this book and the Learn to Program Visual Basic 6 together as a package deal. These were some of the earliest books that I purchased while I was trying to learn Visual Basic 6.0. Both of these books are good for the beginner or for developers coming from either an earlier version of Visual Basic or another language. This book is made to augment the Learn to Program Visual Basic 6.0 book. You should read most of that book before attempting to read this book. This book targets specific examples of how-to-do things in Visual Basic.