Microsoft Visual Basic Design Patterns
||Author: William Stamatakis|
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Publisher: Microsoft Press (2000)
Sales Rank: 65,813
Average Customer Rating: 3.9 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 3 out of 5
So So, nothing special.
Well, the title of my review pretty much says it all. I read the whole thing in one sitting, and haven't looked at it again. I didn't really learn anything about visual basic that I didn't know before. Perhaps later, after I read a book that actually teachs you visual basic - I may go back to it for some pointers.
This book can easily be overlooked with no ill-effect...
Rating: 3 out of 5
More gristle to chew on than meat
If you want to learn about design patters, read "Design Patterns Explained: A New Perspective on Object-Oriented Design by Alan Shalloway & James R. Trott" (ISBN: 0201715945 ).
This book does very little to explain anything to a level useful for neophytes; instead, it's got a few examples of how to use VB to implement a few of the more common design patterns. The best thing I can say about this book is that it's an easy (although light) read.
Also, I had hoped that the CD would contain the text of the book itself (like the great Balena book, which I read more from CD than from paper because it's so useful), but the CD simply contains some sample apps that are marginally useful at best. (yawn)
Rating: 4 out of 5
This book is a rare find, especially by Microsoft Press. This is VB coding taken to the next level. Perhaps very useful for the .NET strategies coming up (we'll see what the final 'OO' implementation is like). This way of coding, shown by wonderful examples, is almost the exact opposite of every other way you've been taught to code in VB but it will make you think and understand why JAVA gets all the press these days.
It's a great source for inspiration to pull you out of normal 'down & dirty' VB coding.
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