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Top Customer Reviews
Following what the classroom goes through in his book is almost as good as being there. The questions the students pose are ones that linger in my mind. I really like the fact that students questions may be of items that were covered priorly but need reminding of. This is what a classroom is made of, students grasping some but not all of the theories and needing them to be presented again as a refresher.
The database book has many ways of doing the same thing. A great way to take a project and look at all of the possibilities to do it. It is so easy to follow the logic of building the database and why one way works better than the another.
This book is great to keep on hand as a reference book.
I look forward to any more books any "pens."
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!
I took a VB database course at the local college one years ago, the instructor focused more on hands-on practices instead of teaching the theory behind it. In fact, one month after the course, I forgot half of the skills that I've learned. Then I bought John Connell's Beginning Visual Basic 6 Database Programming to bring back my memory and enhance my VB database skill. However, I got stuck at chapter seven, which is about building a data control class module; then, it was the time I went out to buy this book.
The whole book is about teaching students and VB beginners how to build a database-enabled program by using the VB intrinsic data control and data bound controls. Professor John Smiley brings readers step by step along with theory behind it to overcome most of obstacles beginners always encounter. All the steps showed in the book are not the optimized steps; they are steps how the author's students learned to build a working application, and the author explains the best ways of coding thoroughly whenever errors occur to his students. I spent less than two weeks to read from cover to cover two times and practice all the exercises. After reading this book, I was more comfortable to work on John Connell's Beginning Visual Basic 6 Database Programming book. Now, I am on Charles Williams's Professional Visual Basic 6 Databases with VB, ADO, SQL Server and MTS. Then, I think I will be ready to study for MCSD exams.
Thanks to Professor John Smiley! Without his excellent work on this book, I would not be able to get to the intermediate level by self-studying.
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
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. Read morePublished on Nov. 5 2003 by Mike
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
This is actually a pretty good book once you get around its conceit: that the author is in the classroom talking with his students. Read morePublished on March 28 2003 by AmateurReader
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