This is an unusual book. Clearly intended as a teaching aid, its approach is substantially different than most of the other well done VB books. The authors take a very methodical, step-by-step approach to VB and presume that you are a newcomer. But what they've actually done is to create one of the finest references for BASIC, Visual Basic and programming languages in general. Each element of VB is described in detail with excellent examples. From the IDE to building ActiveX controls. Unlike some VB books, this one doesn't intend to turn the neophyte into an "expert," but rather provides the core knowledge that every programmer should possess. I enjoyed it so much that I'm adding it to my VB collection, despite having a number of other volumes already. This one is just plan handy as a quick reference when I forget - as I suspect we all do from time to time - the basics of BASIC.
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This book teaches beginners how to program using Visual Basic 6.0. It assumes no prior programming experience. Unlike most other books on Visual Basic that focus only on language details and act more as language manuals than as texts, this book teaches sound programming and problem-solving concepts that make it appropriate for a CS1 level course for CS, CIS, MIS, Business, or Continuing Education courses. The book includes a CD of Visual Basic 6.0.