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VBScript: Programmer's Reference [Paperback]

Susanne Clark , Antonio De Donatis , Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
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Oct. 1 1999 Programmer's Reference
Presents a comprehensive guide to version 5 of the VBScript language and syntax, together with practical demonstrations of its usage in context, be it server-side programming with ASP or WSH, or scripting in Internet Explorer with DHTML or HTML components. Softcover.

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This book will not only serve as a reference guide to the VBScript language and syntax, but will also demonstrate its usage in context with many practical examples. It is ideal for anyone who uses VBScript as a programming language. It is a desktop reference and quick guide for ASP programmers, IE programmers and Windows Script Host programmers. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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VBScript is one of Microsoft's scripting languages, which can be employed in a variety of ways - from client-side scripting in Internet Explorer to server-side programming in ASP and the new Microsoft Windows Script Host. The language itself has been gradually increasing in power and flexibility, and the newest release, VBScript 5. 0 (which comes with IE5. 0), represents a huge increase in functionality and effectiveness. Who is this book for? This book will be useful for anyone who wishes to get to grips with VBScript. Whether you've just played around with HTML and want to find out about the world of programming, or whether you're an experienced programmer who needs to learn the VBScript language in order to work with the Windows Script Host or develop ASP pages, this book will show you the way. No prior knowledge of programming is assumed. What does this book cover? Complete guide to the VBScript language and its syntax Up-to-date details of the most recent scripting engines for Internet Explorer, ASP and the Windows Script Host All the new features in VBScript 5, including constructing classes, DCOM support, and using regular expressions The use of VBScript in context with various technologies, including WSH, ASP, ADO, DHTML and VB Extensive reference covering the various implementations and the relevant object models As an experienced developer, you need to get the facts on a new technology fast. Without the marketing hype, without the trivial introduction. That's what Wrox Programmer's References deliver. Hard facts on the newest technologies with practical examples of how to apply new tools to your development projects today.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent overall. Dec 23 2003
Overall, VBScript: Programmer's Reference is pretty good and fairly useful.
High points:
- Wide range of relevant topics.
- Good examples.
- Extensive appendicies.
Low points:
- Already out of date.
- Worthless and frustrating index.
- Lots of undefined acronymns.
- Discontinuity of writing styles between the many authors.
I have been writing embedded software for a long time, but am relatively new to VBScript and Windows. I found this book to be useful for me, but I suspect that there are probably better books out there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best VBScript Book Oct. 30 2002
Although there are many books on scripting, there are only a handful of books about VBScript. Of those that do focus on VBScript, many pages are devoted to server-side web scripting with active server pages, which is amply covered by the many titles on ASP. This book by contrast is current, complete, and packed with chapters about all the cool things you can do with VBScript, including COM objects and how to write your own, regular expressions, HTML applications (*very* cool), ADO, how to build the Script Control into your applications, and yes, ASP. That's the first 500 pages. The remaining 280+ pages are references and appendices that add depth. I have seen no other reference in print or online from Microsoft that goes to these lengths to elucidate what can be done with VBScript.
The writing style is very approachable, and the Wrox Press model of a team of qualified people tackling different topics works very well (11 authors and 7 technical reviewers). These people really know the topics, and the book is well edited. An excellent value.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book April 18 2002
By John
I have read VBScript Programmer's Reference. I would to congratulate the team who put this book together. Its so well written I was programming within the day. Not just a "Hello World" program but a program of substance that opened files, validated them, wrote events in the event log etc.
The book is easy to follow and the short introduction to programming most useful for non-programmers like me and my team.
Unfortunately, for me, the book will lead to more work for me and my team of technical mainframe support staff converting mainframe legacy JCL to VBScript. I will be ordering two more copies of the book for my team and I am sure that they will gain much from it.
Even after a few days, members of staff from programming teams keep borrowing the book I am now forced to lie about its location (under my desk).
If I had a criticism I would say that Cscript should be covered in a little more detail, but its only minor point and I found the information I was looking for on the Web.

I bought 3 books on VBScript, the others are not bad books but they are written with a rocket scientist in mind and assume that the reader is competent in programming and modern scripting techniques. Thankfully your book saved the day and I actually enjoyed reading it. I get the impression that the team that put it together also enjoyed that task, it seems to come across in the text anyways.
Its a great book.
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I wanted to learn VB script so I bought:
-Vbscript in a Nutshell : A Desktop Quick Reference
-Vbscript Programmer's Reference
-Learning Vbscript (Nutshell Handbook)
-Visual Basic 6 form the ground up (due to shortage of vbscript books)
The only book that took me from some background in programming to a better understanding of programmng and being able to solve problems using VBscript was the book: Vbscript Programmer's Reference
It wasn't perfect, for my needs I would have liked more info on OLE, automation and object models.
I needed to learn VBscript to write scripts for Softimage XSI and Photoshop accessing their object models, OLE and this was the only book that taught me VBscript and how I might approach certain tasks.
The other books are as the titles imply nutshell books, but are really reference in a nutshell. They say what things are but do not take you through any steps to learn how to use them or better understand through use what they are. They are typically written by those who know but don't understand how to teach to soemone who knows little or nothing. These authors would write a dictionary to teach you english.
Now that I know better what I am doing I have no reason to reference these poorly written books and still reference the Vbscript Programmer's Reference Book. The other books were hardly looked at past the first few chapters, and were a waste of money and time, especially the O'Reilly books. Vbscript Programmer's Reference Book is decent for a begineer to pre-intermediate programmer, wish there were more on VBscript.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not much of a reference May 12 2001
By A Customer
The book starts with a strange 'Introduction to Programming' chapter, which is for people who don't know what a variable is (good thing _that's_ in a language reference book!) Meanwhile, there is no 'Introduction to VBScript' chapter. I found it very difficult to find simple information on syntax and keywords (just try to find anything on function return types or declaring arrays...) The main Appendix, which contains lots of valuable information, is organized randomly by arcane subjects (and there's no listing of the subjects) so it's difficult to find anything. It also seems to be lifted out of a VB book and contains things that aren't even supported in VBScript.
The range of topics covered is useful if you're trying to decide whether VBScript is right for your project . But if you're just trying to write Active Server Pages, I recommend skipping this book and getting 'Beginning ASP' by Wrox -- it uses VBScript exclusively and has a better introduction to the syntax and usage of the language.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dips you in the VBscript pond & more (keyword dip)
A useful book for me, introducing me into VBScript quite well, but it will make you more of a 'Jack of all trades & master of none'. Read more
Published on Oct. 1 2003 by Grizwald Fubar
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good Reference Book
I bought this book because I was getting into ASP development and needed to learn the basics of VBScript. The first part of the book does a great job of teaching the student. Read more
Published on July 18 2002 by Chris Kilbane
2.0 out of 5 stars Full of useful information, but...
The author never does address what skill level is necessary to fully appreciate this book. From my reading it should be clarified at the beginning that this book is not for... Read more
Published on May 19 2002 by Mark Conway
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I was looking for a VBScript reference book for work. One which I could use to look up a command/function in the index and find examples of the syntax within the book. Read more
Published on Dec 19 2001
3.0 out of 5 stars Wish the examples would work
This book had a lot of discussion to educate somebody on the world of vbscript, but was very short with actual examples. My main beef as it is with most books is the examples. Read more
Published on Nov. 16 2001 by Charles Brown
2.0 out of 5 stars Where was the editor?
As another reviewer has noted, any book that has eleven authors is bound to need a good editor, but this one shows no sign of even having been looked at by a copy editor. Read more
Published on June 10 2001
1.0 out of 5 stars Can't judge this book by its cover...
I was looking for a good "reference" book on VBScript that would cover each function, their methods, properties, etc. Read more
Published on March 26 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe you missed this...
I just got a new job where I will use lots of VBscript. So needing a reference I turned to this book. I've found it to be very easy to understand and helpful thus far. Read more
Published on Jan. 15 2001 by "edmalcolm"
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