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Posted October 7, 2000
Visual Basic goes global (with Michael's help!)
This book is the one that makes it happen. I was at the PDC where they talked about VB7 and they were not saying much about what the features would be next version - only two talks that even mentioned it - and they did not say anything about the features in VB6. <p>But this book made it possible to make the jump with our product today. I especially found all of the information on 'multinationalization' useful since that is the very type of application that I need to put together (one that supports many languages). The book pointed us to several Unicode controls that could be used for this, and took me through all the font and other issues that must be taken care of for the controls to work. <p>Michael's talk on databases was also really useful, especially all of the information about SQL Server 2000's COLLATE keyword. I was able to convince the company I work for to move from SQL Server 7.0 with this information and how it could be used. He is obviously also a big fan of Jet 4.0, but he is very clear on its limitations (though the fact that he can run his site on it is very impressive). <p>The one thing that I was disappointed as that there was not as big of a discussion about XML encoding as I would have liked, I think that would have been something to include, especially with all of the ocus on XML (he talks about it briefly but does not go into a lot of detail). <p>Overall, a wonderful effort, and I am really glad Michael wrote the book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 7, 2000
A good book overall
I'm a little surprised at the negative comments. This book compiles a lot of useful information and many examples that anyone can use to build enabled VB applications. Internationalization and localization are not easy topics and I suppose some sections of the book may be oriented to an audience who has already a basic understanding of those subjects. But I certainly didn't find anything that could justify harsh criticisms, especially when there are so few books on the topic.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.