Book review: Visual Basic 6

These a cursory reviews of several books I was reading at the time, as I did a module on Visual Basic during a HNC in Computing and Software Engineering

Visual Basic Controls in a Nutshell By Evan S Dictor

©1999 O’Reilly & Associates: ISBN 1-56592-294-8

In a nutshell, it’s an excellent resource. That’s a posh way of saying it belongs of your bookshelf if you are serious about learning VB intimately but a light read it isn’t.

Visual Basic 6 from the Group Up By Gary Cornell

Osbourne / © 1998 The McGraw-Hill Companies: ISBN 0-07-882508-3

At over 900 pages it’s a fairly hefty tome, but it is full of useful hints, tips and essential advice. Thoroughly recommended.

Sams Teach Yourself Visual Basic 6 in 24 hours starter kit
By Greg Perry with Sanjaya Hettihewa

© 1998 Sams Publishing: ISBN 0-672-31533-5

Was an interesting quick read

Macmillan Master Series:
Mastering Visual Basic By Stephen Saxon and Diane Saxon, 1997

MacMillan Press Ltd: ISBN 0-333-69599-2

This is too is OK with a brief across the board introduction. Goes into using graphics a touch too, which is to the good. Noticeably better the Made Simple book below, but still another ‘also ran’

Visual Basic 6 Made Simple
By Stephen Morris © 2001

Butter-Heinemann – Made Simple Books : ISBN 0-7506-5189-X

This is OK with a brief across the board introduction. Whilst there’s nothing bad to say about it, neither is there anything good enough to recommend it. An ‘also ran’.

Visual Basic in Easy Steps By Tim Anderson

© 1997 Computer Step: ISBN 1-874029-74-1

(Didn’t even comment at the time)

How to Use Visual basic 6 – Visually in Full Colour

by Shimon Mordzynski and Lowell Mauer

© 1999 Sams Publishing ISBN: 0-672-31443-6

(About, wasn’t worth commenting on at the time!)

Shelly Cashman Series:

Microsoft Visual Basic 6 – Complete Concepts and Techniques

By Gary B. Shelly, Thomas J. Cashman, John F. Repede and Michael L. Mick

© 1999 Course Technology – ITP* : ISBN 0-7895-4654-X
(*International Thomson Publishing)

Another I barely glanced at and put aside,

Ready-to-Run Visual Basic Code Library – Tips, Tricks and Workarounds for Better Programming
By Rod Stephens © 1999

John Wiley and Sons: ISBN 0-471-33345-X

Visit the authors site at:

Site is worth a look over.

Using Visual Basic By P.R.M. Oliver and N. Kantaris

© Bernard Babani (publishing) Ltd.ISBN 0-85934-498-3

Found it a bit too basic, really.

Schaum’s Outlines
Visual Basic By Byron S. Gottfried, Ph.D

© 2001 McGraw-Hill, Inc: ISBN 0-07-135671-1

For your information – the full title appears to be:
Schaum’s Outline of Theory and Problems of Programming with Visual Basic

Am first I was going to highly recommend this, then after I left it for a while for the life of me I couldn’t remember what I liked about it. On second reading I think it was the structured approach. The author has a background in proper languages like C and it shows. Makes it easier if you come to drag and drop OOP…

Chapters include branching and looping, control fundamentals, debugging, procedures and arrays. I’ll give it 6.5/10

Visual Basic 6 Interactive Course By [ ] The Waite Group Inc., 1998

Sams Publishing: ISBN 1-57169-133-2

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