Visual Basic 2005 Cookbook: Solutions for VB 2005 Programmers Paperback – Oct 1 2006
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Tim Patrick is a software architect and developer of custom software solutions targeting Microsoft Windows and Web-based users. Tim has over 20 years of experience in software development and software architecture, and is a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD). He wrote The Visual Basic DEFANGED_STYLEGuide and its successor, The Visual Basic .NET Style Guide, and recently co-authored O'Reilly's Visual Basic 2005 in a Nutshell.
John Clark Craig's programming experiences and interests go back quite a ways. In 1974 he was programming a DEC PDP8E attached to a teletype and running a paper tape loaded version of FOCAL, a simple programming language similar to BASIC. Over the years, John programmed in just about every version of the BASIC language available, and authored several books on the subject along the way. During John's career as a full-time Software Engineer, he has worked on several fascinating energy and environmental projects. Currently, he's enjoying his software guru position working with a small team of bright R&D engineers as they create the next generation of high-tech self-erecting towers for the world's largest wind turbines.
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The real worth of such a book lies in the quality of the recipes. Having hundreds of recipes available does one no good unless those recipes are actually used. I have to admit that at first I was skeptical. The first recipes were well beneath my skill level. The topics were explained well, but they were still very basic. The recipes became more interesting as I progressed through the book. Things got really interesting when I reached the chapter on graphics. From then on, I was sold.
Of course, those first chapters weren't interesting to me because I already knew the material. My son, who is very much a beginning programmer, was a different story. I asked him to read the first recipe and to write the example program. He found it quite interesting and helpful. In fact, this is the first book that I've found that he will actually read. That, of course, makes this book much more useful than all of the others.
I gave this book four stars instead of five for one reason; object disposal. All throughout the book, the authors show how to use objects that should be disposed. They don't, however, show you how to do this until halfway through chapter 14. Because the independent nature of these recipes, it's possible that someone might never read chapter 14. Those people might think that they are writing good code, but they would be wrong.
So, go buy this book, and don't forget to read chapter 14.
I have this book for a few days and I really like it. It like a How-To book for developers. The book uses the problem-solution approach. All the problems are listed in the index so you can quickly find the recipe that you need. Each topic/recipe has got 3 sections. First is the "problem" which lists what you want to do. The second section is the "solution" for the problem. You will need to download code for the book. You can download the code for the book from the oreilly site. The third section is "discussion" where the authors have explained the solution for easy understanding.
This book has got something for everybody from beginners to advanced developers. It's got a lot of time saving solutions to the development problems that you will face. You can also call it a code library with good documented code that you can use in your development. It's the sort of book that can keep handy next to your workstation(You never know when you are in a fix and you need it or you can just pick it up to learn something new that you can use later).
Following are the recipe caregories(chapters) in the book
1. Visual Basic Programming
2. The Development Environment
3. Application Organization
4. Forms, Controls, and Other Useful Objects
6. Numbers and Math
7. Dates and Times
8. Arrays and Collections
12. Files and File Systems
14. Special Programming Techniques
16. Cryptography and Compression
17. Web Development
The authors have done a very good job with this book. You can see the full table of contents in the O'Reilly site. There is also a sample chapter in PDF format available on the site.
01. VB Basics
02. Development Environment
03. Application Organization
04. Forms, Controls, Other Objects
06. Numbers And Math
07. Dates & Times
08. Arrays & Collections
12. Files & File Systems
14. Programming Techniques
16. Cryptography & Compression
17. Web Development
This is simply a fabulous book that any and all VB programmers of today need to pick up. Not only will you save time, you'll enjoy doing it while reading this wonderful guide!!
***** HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
It's also a great side-companion for beginners, mainly because the intro books do a fair job of getting people started, but they also need to figure out specific tasks or methods of doing things that tutorial books won't cover. It does not overstate the obvious, and it serves up pretty clear impressions and explanations on what it delivers.
Diane C. Donovan
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