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Hardcore Visual Basic
by Bruce Mckinney
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Bruce McKinney's Hardcore Visual Basic is a revised edition of his guide to advanced programming in VB. Updated for Visual Basic 5.0, this book is best at outlining some of the new language features in Visual Basic 5.0, especially its improved support for type libraries and object-oriented programming. The heart of this book is dedicated to ways of accessing the Win32 API from within Visual Basic, which is presented in expert detail with a library of add-on functions. Sample DLL's, with libraries of VB extensions are included. The author also presents ways in which Visual Basic does and does not conform to an object-oriented programming model. Sample ActiveX controls, which use classes and the new ActiveX capabilities of VB5, are also presented. The last section, with a mix of tips and tricks for extending Visual Basic code, is also rather hit-or-miss. So is the author's humor--sometimes verging on sarcasm--which some readers will sometimes find irritating. (Once an employee of Microsoft, McKinney bravely expresses his dissatisfaction with the direction that his former company has taken with VB5.) Though this book completely ignores VB5's new enterprise features, database and Internet support, which are surely some of its most appealing enhancements, Hardcore Visual Basic does have a lot to say about developing in one of the most popular RAD tools developers have today. It can definitely ease the transition into object-oriented programming for VB developers used to the older programming style.
The first edition has been a big hit with programmers who are serious about Visual Basic. And in this second edition, they'll find more help for expanding what Visual Basic can do, including clear direction on exploiting this language's object-oriented character to code features and behavior that once seemed to be the sole province of C/C++ professionals. Like the first edition, this one tackles tough issues with smart coding, practical tools and analysis, and an unblinking style. As Visual Basic continues to evolve, it delivers more power (and complexity) to its audience-and this book is a valuable way for programmers to keep up with that evolution. HARDCORE VISUAL BASIC, SECOND EDITION, will be promoted via the World Wide Web and is expected to continue the sales success of the previous edition.
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