Roger Jennings' Database Developer's Guide With Visual Basic 6
||Author: Roger Jennings, Matthew Harris|
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Publisher: SAMS (22 December, 1998)
Sales Rank: 51,343
Average Customer Rating: 3.6 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 2 out of 5
Everything just went over my head
I had high hopes for this book from its title. I thought, Whao! at last a book that will teach me about database programming like a developer. My joy evaporated faster than you can spell VB.
The book reads like a discussion between the writers and his/her knowledgeable peers with no room for us wannabee developers. I have reasonable proramming background including VB, but this book was all greek to me. Scattered code snippets here and there with no "real" explanations, buzz words like MTS,CORBA, NED ED or whatever without their functions or scope in reference of this book are just tip of this iceberg of problems.
I will keep this book. Someday when I learn to program serious vb database, I will come back to this book and check how many chapters I really understand. I am just sad that this book and my money did little to help me towards that goal.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Great ideas for experienced VB Database programmers
This book is not for the beginning VB database programmer. It rushes into some advanced topics that a newbie could get lost in.
It has some EXCELLENT presentations and ideas on Decisions Support Systems, and covers MTS very well for a book that does not specialize in it. I think that the most valuable portion of this book were the (brief) examples and ideas on using VB with OLAP and Data Warehousing. It is difficult to find useful information on these topics that you can apply in the real world with VB.
I will be using this book as a reference in some of my future works.
Rating: 2 out of 5
Needs another round of editing before publishing
Why don't authors test their code before they print it? All throughout the book author does this. For example, client side cursors can only be static type and in chap 3 the author codes .CusorLocation=adUseClient, .CusorType=adOpenKeyset (p.143). Geez. Other samples have adOpenDynamic. You can set the cursor type property to these enums but if you check the property via debug.print or in the locals window you will see the property = static. Something that simple makes me a bit unsure what is wrong with the more complex material in the latter part of the book. Other things that bothered me were the code on CD needed to be hacked to run. They should run right out of the box. Too much emphasis on the data controls. And what was all that about VCR drivers and video picons? what a waste of time and space. If I was married to this book I'd get a divorce!
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