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Visual Basic 5 How-To: The All-New Definitive Visual Basic 5 Problem-Solver

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A book by Eric Brierley

This text seeks to demonstrate how to take advantage of new interface options and the 32 bit Windows APIs and shows how to build Automation Servers and ActiveX ctonrols to create component objects and give applications access to custom functions and … see full wiki

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Author: Eric Brierley
Publisher: Waite Group Pr
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One of the best books for learning VB 5, still has some value

  • Jul 28, 2008
Several years ago, I was teaching a college course in Visual Basic, a VB course for a local company and VB in community education classes. At times, there was a need for quick projects and this was one of the primary sources that I consulted. There were also times when students would come to me and ask questions about specific problems they were having in their work. A few times I was able to get some good ideas or at least hints as to how their problems could be solved from this book.
The book contains a series of 68 different complete projects using VB 5. The range of the projects is considerable, the general categories are:

*) Extending control features
*) View controls
*) Class fundamentals
*) Object fundamentals
*) ActiveX controls
*) Internet integration
*) Application performance
*) Using the WIN32 API
*) Windows socket programming
*) Forms
*) Databases
*) Logo compliant applications
*) Extending VS and managing development

The area that I found most useful was "Using the WIN32 API." I am a firm believer in teaching about API's and I used the ideas in that section to develop exercises where the students were required to call several of the API's. This is a very good book for the learning of the now largely deceased VB 5. However, many of the ideas and principles still live in VB.NET, so it can still be of value.

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