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The more serious you get about Visual Basic 6 development, the more you need targeted information on the key issues associated with VB development in the enterprise. For many developers, four areas are especially urgent: database access via ADO; web development with ASP and IIS; COM/COM+ componentry; and leveraging more of Windows' power via the Win32 API. With the Visual Basic Developer's Library, Sybex brings together four excellent books that address all these topics, at one great price.
Start with Mike Gunderloy's Visual Basic Developer's Guide To ADO, which starts with the fundamentals of ADO 2.5 and its object model, and carries you all the way through advanced topics like building your own data consumers, data shaping, three-tier data access via RDS, and the ADO MD library for OLAP applications.
Next, for server-side web development, there's Visual Basic Developer's Guide To Asp And Iis, with its detailed coverage of WebClasses, caching, state-maintenance, web security, and MTS. There's Visual Basic Developer's Guide To COM and COM+, which gives you a thorough grounding in VB component development, walks you through developing ActiveX DLLs, controls, and EXEs, and gives you a great headstart on COM+ development—including message queues, the In-Memory Database, and transactions.
Finally, if you're ready, take a deep breath and crack Visual Basic Developer's Guide To The WIN32 API. Microsoft has never made the Win32 API especially accessible to VB developers, but with Steve Brown's readable guide, you'llfindyourself more willing to risk the complexity—and leverage the power the Win32 API offers.
An accompanying CD-ROM contains source code from all four books (if you bought them separately you'd have to download the code)—plus a 120-day evaluation copy of SQL Server 7.0.