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Learn to Program with Visual Basic 6 Databases [Paperback]

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5.0 out of 5 stars Personal service, immediate response May 12 2004
I don't usually write reviews of books but this book is exceptional. I consider myself a near expert with Microsoft Office VBA but struggled with Visual Basic (the application). The unusual classroom setting of this book made me feel as if I were in the classroom with John Smiley teaching. I was finally being taught by someone who knew how to teach. In chapter 4 I finally ran into a problem I couldn't figure out. John Smiley was gracious enough to post his email address in the front of the book so, at half past midnight I sent him a note discussing my problem. I recieved a response from John at 8:30 that morning. John knew exactly what my problem was and gave me instructions on how to fix it. Once applied, my project worked perfectly. I can't express enough how much I appreciate this kind of customer service. Thanks, John.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Database Book Jan. 21 2004
This book is an excellent tool for beginners, and intermediate level programmers. The way it reads is as close to being in the classroom as you can get without paying tuition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book Jan. 17 2004
We'll what could I say, John Smiley does it again! This is the best database book. If you never done databasing with visual basic 6.0 then this is thee book for beginners. I am very satisfied with John Smiley's work and it has helped me a great deal the understanding of database designing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book if you are CLUELESS Nov. 5 2003
By Mike
The "classroom atmosphere" of this book is far too excessive. For a beginner that has no idea what computer programming is, this book is ok. The concepts and methodologies in this book are great. The part that annoys me the most is that EVERY SINGLE term that is brought into this "class" generates like 5 dumb questions from the class members.
Professor: "..this recordset must be set to 'updatable' for you to be able to update it"
Student 1: "so it can't be updated if it is 'read only'?
Professor: "Thats correct Johnny. Boy you are catching on quick"
Student 2: "why can't it be updated if it is 'read only'?
Professor: "Well Suzie, once upon a time...."
In summary, this book could be great if they took out all the redundant mundane questions shortening the page count to about 50. Also, I don't need to read: " 'ok students, next class we will talk about more recordsets'. I then allowed the class to go home early so they can go to the movies to see spider man.' "
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not a good book for a quick learning experience Oct. 6 2003
I found this book difficult to use and written in a poor manner. It seems that all he did was record a class that he taught, and then transcribed every word to paper.
Reading what eighteen students said word for word was a waste of valuable time. He does not even provide an Appendix where he outlines teh various methods, properties, and explanations of each one.
If you need to learn Database programming quickly in Visual Basic, stay away from this one.
Thumbs down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Beginners or 'Teach Yourself-ers' Aug. 21 2003
By Danny
After getting my feet wet with John Smileys 'Learn to Program with Visual Basic 6' I very much wanted more. 'Learn to Program Visual Basic Databases' was the most logical choice. It continues a project started in the VB6 book so there is a nice continuity right away. On the surface it may seem a bit wordy since it is based around John Smiley teaching a ficitional class. The whole point of buying ANY Visual Basic book, to me at least, is to actually LEARN Visual Basic. We can't all afford or have the time to take Visual Basic classes at the local college or online. If you want to learn Visual Basic on your own time and feel confident about what you are doing I would recommend any of John Smiley's books. You can always get more advanced books later.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Foundation - Great Support! May 17 2003
This is the third book I'm working through in John's Learn to Program with Visual Basic series. I recommend you follow the course by starting with Learn to Program with Visual Basic followed by Learn to Program Visual Basic Examples before taking on this book. These are not the first Visual Basic books I've worked through, but John's series immediately revealed some bad programming habits that I had to break.
John begins this series, as well as each book, by teaching the fundamentals of good programming. By using a make-believe university classroom as the backdrop to this book, John is able to cover many of the basic questions and problems of beginner and intermediate programmers while avoiding the usually dry format of other computer books.
This book and this series is also backed up with great support. When I became stuck with a version conflict problem, I emailed John with a question and got a fast response that solved my problem. If you're a beginner and want to get a solid start in programming fundamentals, I recommend this book and this series!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Foundation for Database Concepts March 28 2003
This is actually a pretty good book once you get around its conceit: that the author is in the classroom talking with his students. Had he refrained from the classroom conceit, he would have required only half the paper for the information that was in the book.
But okay, assume you can get past that. How is the book? Well, in terms of content, it's excellent. The author takes you through the phases of building a database, showing you each step and explaining each aspect. He starts with database theory and then takes the reader through the design of an Access database. Then he teaches how to connect to and manipulate the database using the Visual Basic programming language objects. He talks about the data control explaining its main methods, events, and properties and then spends 3 chapters on creating and updating recordsets. The book doesn't give you enough information to make you an expert (you would need books on DAO and ADO for that). What it does is step methodically through each of the basic sequences of building a database, giving you a good foundation to continue learning.
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