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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.' "
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!
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.
Neverthess, I find that I have a THOROUGH understanding of each topic.
One complaint is that his example program uses the same style and the same techniques exclusively. This becomes obvious when he designs a form to display transactions. He uses the same designs for this as he does for data entry!
A data entry form usually consists of several labels and text fields. A history of transaction would normally be displayed in a spreadsheet like table. So, not only is this form redundant (in terms of learning--because we have already designed similar forms 3 times in this book), but it produces a form that no end user would accept.
However, the real loss is that he does not cover the use of the dbGrid! He uses the excuse that because many of his (imaginary) students are using the Learning Edition of VB6 they don't have that control! Kinda weak! I can't see any of these people getting jobs unless they are using either the Professional or Enterprise versions.
Nevertheless I have ordered his next book--on Objects. I am one of those thicked-headed-ex-Clipper programmers for whom objects are a mysterious--and frightening--realm. Hopefully John will lead my safely by the hand.
Most recent customer reviews
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). Read morePublished on May 11 2004 by Jim Stevens
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.Published on Jan. 21 2004 by Jeff Webb
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. Read morePublished on Jan. 17 2004 by Perry Klefsky
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. Read morePublished on Oct. 6 2003
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. Read morePublished on Aug. 20 2003 by Danny
The amount of actual information on database programming in this book would fit on less than 100 pages. Read morePublished on March 19 2003 by ms patricia kelliher
Maybe this was my fault, but I bought this book after reading the review and topics covered and thought that ADO would be covered. Read morePublished on Dec 13 2002
This book should be the 2nd or 3rd book in a series of books from John Smiley. Start with the "Learn to Program Visual Basic 6" and then follow it up with either "Learn to Program... Read morePublished on Oct. 22 2002 by Kindle Customer