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The growth of E-Commerce has led to a need for increasingly powerful and efficient systems that bring together a range of different technologies. Beginning Visual Basic Application Development addresses this need by presenting the complete sofware development cycle from the point of view of a Visual Basic Programmer working within the very latest development environment, one that includes both XML and Windows 2000.

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Overview

The growth of E-Commerce has led to a need for increasingly powerful and efficient systems that bring together a range of different technologies. Beginning Visual Basic Application Development addresses this need by presenting the complete sofware development cycle from the point of view of a Visual Basic Programmer working within the very latest development environment, one that includes both XML and Windows 2000.

Pierre Boutquin is a Senior Analyst in the Corporate Treasury of a major Canadian bank, where he develops leading edge market risk management software. Pierre has over a decade of experience implementing PC-based computer systems with in-depth knowledge of object-oriented analysis and design, Visual C++, Visual Basic and SQL.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781861001092
  • Publisher: Wrox Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2000
  • Series: Beginning Ser.
  • Pages: 800
  • Product dimensions: 7.32 (w) x 9.17 (h) x 1.78 (d)

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Visual Basic is a versatile language - accessible to those seeking to enter the world of programming, yet powerful enough to support the coding of complex distributed applications. Beginning Visual Basic 6 Application Development is aimed at the programmer who is familiar enough with VB to want to make the transition from building small applications to coding business level software solutions. The book covers the conceptual and practical implications of application development by illustrating, step-by-step, how to design, implement, and deploy, a fully functional sophisticated application based on an online banking scenario. It deals with the wide variety of topics required to bring such a project to fruition, such as software architecture and project planning, business requirement analysis and software design methodologies, and database design and coding components for use in a transactional environment. Of course to support such work a number of technologies need to be employed and consequently the book includes coverage of UML, COM, MTS, ADO, and SQL.

The power of the coding approach is fully demonstrated in the final chapters of the book when the book shows how to Web-enable the application through use of ASP and facilitate inter-application communication through XML.

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Table of Contents

1. Visual Basic Application Development
2. The Software Development Process
3. Introduction to Visual Basic Objects
4. Component Development
5. Microsoft Transaction Server
6. Beginning WROBA
7. Unified Modeling Language
8. Designing the Solution
9. Database I - Design and Creation
10. Database II - SQL and Stored Procedures
11. Data Access and ADO
12. Data Services Tier
13. Business Services Tier
14. User Tier I - Customer Services
15. User tier II. - Administration Services
16. Deployment and Maintenance
17. Web-enabling the Application
18. Inter-application Communication using XML
Appendix A: The Case Study
Appendix B: MTS Installation
Appendix C: ADO 2.1/2.5
Appendix D: ASP Object Model
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Preface

This book comes in the middle of the Wrox Visual Basic learning tree and has been designed to enable the beginning level VB programmer to start to develop sophisticated solutions and expand their technology horizons. This book will further open the eyes of the readers to the power of their chosen programming language and will introduce new areas for exploration. The book has been designed for programmers running on a Windows 9x, NT 4.0 or Windows 2000 platform with SQL Server 7.0. The case study solution was developed primarily for a Windows NT 4.0 or Windows 2000 platform with Visual Basic 6 Enterprise Edition.
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Interviews & Essays

A Technical Interview with Ken Slovak

Beginning Visual Basic Application Development by Pierre Boutquin, Diane Poremsky and Ken Slovak - Wrox Press Ltd



1. 'Beginning Visual Basic Application Development. The title is quite vague, what is this book all about?

This book teaches you how to design and build distributed applications using the latest design and development methods. Unlike many books that are about distributed application development, this one teaches you how to specify, analyse and design a large application in addition to how to implement and code it, and initially requires only a basic understanding of Visual Basic.

2. Who would benefit from reading it?

Anyone who knows a little Visual Basic and wants to learn how to systematically design and develop large distributed applications; students, intermediate level programmers, and programmers who want to learn how to develop applications to a structured design using the Universal Modelling Language (UML), would all benefit from reading this book.

3. How does the book approach application development?

First we introduce the basics of VB development and the methodologies that we use. We then teach the necessary technologies, such as component development, transactions, Unified Modelling Language, and SQL Server, before embarking on the development of a detailed case study. Finally, we deploy and enhance the case study application. Each chapter follows the steps that a real-world development project would take from the proposal stage to project completion.

4. What's the case study all about and why did you pick it?

The case study is an online banking application. It was chosen because it is a good example of a distributed application that can run on one or more computers and use transactions to maintain data integrity. It is a perfect illustration of developing an n-tier application.

5. What are the main design features?

The main design features are a 3-tier distributed application model,.centralized control of transactions using MTS (Microsoft Transaction Server), stored procedures implementing business rules and processing in the SQL Server application database, and specialized interfaces for users and administrators. Each of these features is implemented using UML to provide a structured design model for the application.

6. You mention enhancing the case study - what's that doing?

We cover extending the application by Web enabling it using ASP and enabling inter-application communications using XML. The design of the case study makes extending the application very easy and these enhancements will show the reader how to consider future enhancements for a development project during the design and development of an application.

7. Everybody is talking about XML - what's that?

XML is a markup language, related to the well-known HTML (HyperText Markup Language) that makes communications between applications easy and convenient. Much of the new development of Web applications and applications that need to communicate with other applications in a standardized way is being done using XML.

8. What software do you need to get the most from the book?

The recommended software is Visual Basic 6 Enterprise Edition, SQL Server (a desktop edition can be downloaded from Microsoft's Web site), Windows NT or Windows 2000, and a PWS (Personal Web Server) for Web enabling the application.


9. What do you enjoy about writing books?

I enjoy writing books because I enjoy teaching people about different aspects of programming, and because I usually learn a lot about what I'm writing about just in researching and organizing a book. It makes me a better developer.

10. Now the hard work is over are you getting chance to have a break?

I've been too busy to take much of a break, but I do get to use my boat more often now and have been enjoying my swimming pool during these hot summer days.

11. What current projects are you doing apart from books?

I'm currently working on a number of development projects for commercial applications.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2001

    Good for beginners

    This book is good for the developers who are new to VB programming. I was actually expecting more.

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