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Dan Appleman's Win32 API Puzzle Book and Tutorial for Visual Basic Programmers Paperback – Mar 3 1999


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  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (March 3 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893115011
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893115019
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 989 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,350,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dan's Win API puzzle book was real inspiration for me.The puzzles in the text are real examples on how you should approach advanced topics for programming in Visual Basic. If ever your faced with using an API call, then I highly suggest reading a few of Dan's tutorials, cause most VB programmers are unware how computer programming really works. The downside to the Win32 API and solving the puzzles yourself is, you need to have a good foundation in C programming, and Visual Basic. Aside from that, this text is truely a marvel of knowledge, and some of Dan's finest work. There is no doubt that the reader should leap forward to achieving some pretty cool stuff in Visual basic. This text is a real delight, and you can only imagine what you could do in your next VB or VBA project!
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By Eric D. Burdo on March 20 2000
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If you use API's, or want to use API's, then I suggest getting this book. There are so many API calls out there, that no book contains them all.
This book helps you solve the API so you can use them in your applications. Definately a "must have" for any programmer out there worth his salt.
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As a VB programmer you should have at least 2 books on yourshelf: Dan Appleman's Visual Basic Programmer's Guide to the Win32 APIand this one. The former teaches by showing - serving as a reference book when you are trying enhance the functionality of your VB application. The latter teaches by doing - allowing your mind to actively grasp the concepts behind API calls, structures, and pointers, instead of mindlessly hacking through APIs, tossing in variables, hoping for success. The puzzles in this book allow you to learn from your mistakes. Mr. Appleman explains his own logic as he works through the problem. For me, this is more valuable than just being told the answer as many books in this genre do.
This book is vital to help train a VB programmer to become a designer, rather than a developer. It helps you understand the importance of visualizing the solution to the problem before writing a single line of code. In sports they say that you need to visualize the goal before you actually play the game. I think the same goes for coding. This book is the ideal companion for that exercise. If you are a technical team lead, go ahead and assign these puzzles to your developers so that they can not only hone their skills, but also sharpen their minds.
In addition, Mr. Appleman's writing style of light bantering and humor is a nice relief from the dry technical-journalistic writing of other Visual Basic authors.
...this book is not a cookbook...it can be better thought of as Ingredient Book. By understanding the fundamental ingredients towards cooking up a VB/WinAPI program, it helps you become a better chef. You need to understand what goes into a creation before you can anticipate what comes out.
...this book is not meant to serve as a comprehensive reference guide to the API. For that try Mr. Appleman's API book or Bock's Visual Basic 6 Win32 API Tutorial.. END
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You cann't programming a good VB without it
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When I was researching how to access HID-class USB peripherals from VB applications, I learned from the Windows 98 docs that I needed to call a series of API functions to locate the device and learn about its capabilities. Many of the calls involved passing and returning complex structures. I could find no documentation on the calls for Visual-Basic programmers. Although I had some experience with API calls, my initial attempts at calling these functions didn't get far.
Then I bought this book. First I read it straight through (though I do admit to reading each solution after the puzzle, rather than waiting til the end). Then I went back to my code with the book at hand and eventually got it all working. Plus, I understood exactly why the code had to be the way it was in order to work.
This isn't a cookbook. Thinking is required. One sentence I took particular comfort in when things weren't quite working yet was, "It is ultimately possible to handle any structure, no matter what type of data it contains." (p. 363)
This is an excellent and useful book that will enable you to do any API call that Windows might throw your way.
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By A Customer on Nov. 16 1999
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There's something fundamentally wrong with the concept of a puzzle book for an application programming interface. A book about an API should yield clarity, not puzzles.
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It is difficult for a VB programmer to translate in vb the expression of C family. Example : confusion about pointers between pointer variable and pointer ,between Vtable Interface and object structure.e.i. between contents and container. and light for object Nevertheless,is very good for stack,hexa etc and I advise further information the reading of article at RomanPress.com and utana.com
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