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Inside Microsoft Visual InterDev [Paperback]

Ken Miller , E Vincent , K Spencer , Nicholas D Evans

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Dec 1 1997 Microsoft Programming Series
Inside Microsoft Visual Interdev presents the inside story on:
-- Creating dynamic Web sites with powerful database connectivity options
-- Increasing your productivity with Dynamic HTML, integrated scripting, and reusable ActiveX ""TM"" components
-- Building server-based applications to seamlessly deliver advanced functionality to any desktop

The enclosed CD-ROM includes the complete Internet Client Software Development Kit, samples pages, and a wealth of additional controls and examples straight from the development team that created Microsoft Visual InterDev. All of which makes this book an indispensable tool that serious Web developers can use to build something great.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor at best July 22 1999
By stilesrp@yahoo.com - Published on Amazon.com
As another said, you need to know everything about everything before reading this book. I cannot decide what this book is supposed to accomplish. What is its purpose? Is it a technical book or an MS advertisement? After a couple hundred pages, I found myself tired of hearing "You can"...this and "You can"...that, only to find that the how is usually left out. Considering that web page design is a relatively simple task (compared to, for example OS design,) this book proves that it is possible for man-kind to mess up just about anything. The one good thing I discovered from reading this book is what not to look for in an InterDev development book. At best, it's a confusing introduction. I wish I took more time to sample this book before plopping down my cash. Do yourself a favor: get all the O'Reilly books having to do with web design and piece things together; the documentation that comes with InterDev is, I dare say, more usefull than this book.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a well-written guide to VI July 5 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I couldn't disagree more with the low scores on this one...When I got the book, I sat down and read over a hundred pages of it in one sitting... In a time when nincompoop illiterates put out how-to manuals, this book had a clear and engaging style. I liked the detailed instructions on VI setup.
It is one the best computer how-to books i have ever read. JB
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overall, an excellent book July 7 1998
By wtuinstr@swbell.net - Published on Amazon.com
I read what the other reviews said and must say that they miss the point. Visual Interdev is not the same as FrontPage98. It is not for beginners. What the reader should be seeking is a way to add database interaction to a website (which is not the same as interactivity!). I found myself turning to this book again and again as I switched to Interdev. I had to fight with coworkers over the CD from it. I would say it is a "must have" book for its intended audience.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for starting off... I liked the database sections July 6 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I was asked to develop some simple web pages for a database project using Visual Interdev and Active Server Pages, which I had never worked with. I usually learn a new RAD tool by taking code examples from a book an adapting them to my project. After becoming flustered with the lack of helpful examples in the "Using Visual Interdev" book, I switched to "Inside..."
I skipped to the chapters on the data form wizard and database development and got list and form pages up within a few days using the Data FOrm Wizard and other development tools. It did a good job of explaining the basic idea behind ASP and how Visual Interdev works.
It does waste time covering the basics of things like menu navigation, but I did like the step-by-step through the code generated by the Data Form Wizard.
I would recommend this book to database developers making the switch to web development who need a jump-start, but not to the seasoned developer who will find the majority of introductory chapters a waste.
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2.0 out of 5 stars This 2nd edition is not much better, if the first was bad July 25 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I saw author's comment that this second edition has so much improvement over the first, so I bought one copy. I haven't read the first edition, but this second edition is hardly an improvement over anything, IMHO. I think the problem is that this book doesn't talk about problem solving, nor provide any insight to the product (VI 6)inner function. Ironically this is a book from Microsoft press.

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