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Visual Basic isn't just about hacking around and quick-&-dirty prototyping any more. It's serious business, and yesterday's sloppy code and voodoo variables no longer cut it. If you're serious about writing solid, high-performance, maintainable VB code, you want Practical Standards For Microsoft Visual Basic.
In this book, James D. Foxall offers specific standardization "directives" for each key aspect of Visual Basic development. For instance, he starts by offering specific recommendations and techniques for creating object and project templates that promote reuse and application consistency—from common splash screens and switchboard forms to half-completed applications containing intricate code, such as multiple document interfaces.
Next, you'll learn the best ways to design modules and procedures. Using plenty of examples, Foxall shows how to give procedures and modules descriptive names, give each procedure a single exit point and clearly defined scope, and call your procedures in a consistent, self-documenting manner.
There are chapters on naming conventions; more effective use of constants and enumerations; variables, error handling; formatting and commenting code; looping structures and code flow; and especially user interaction and team development—including practical tips for version and source code control, and working with Visual SourceSafe. There have been programming standards guides before, but few have focused entirely on Visual Basic. If you're one of the 3,000,000+ VB developers out there,you'llbe glad this one did.