Comments from Readers:
"It has got to be the very best book I have ever read on Visual Basic. I can't wait for the sequel!"
"John Smiley has written a great introduction on how to program using Visual Basic. His style is engaging and very readable, and actually makes understanding a daunting subject easy and fun at the same time."
"John does a great job helping us get started with Visual Basic. He is a committed author and teacher with a love of students who are serious about acquiring Visual Basic skills. The book is designed with the beginner in mind, easy and entertaining reading."
"I have purchased at least 30 books on Visual Basic and this book is by far the best beginning book I have ever read! John Smiley is one of the best writers at explaining complicated programming principles in a layman's language so everyone can understand the techniques behind the code."
"I bought this book and it's the best I have ever seen. Where can I get the other books listed on the back?"
"I found your book enjoyable and easy to read. I read many technical books and training documents as a part of my everyday activities and I have never found a book similar to yours. I really enjoyed the interaction with the 'other students' I even found myself rolling my eyes at questions from other students that have already been covered just as I might do in a classroom."
"An excellent book the best I've tried so far... it's actually got me excited about possibilities!"
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About the Author:
John Smiley is the President of John Smiley and Associates, a computer consulting firm located in South Jersey, serving clients large and small in the Philadelphia Metropolitan area. John is also an adjunct professor of Computer Science at Penn State University in Abington, the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Sciences, and Holy Family College. John has been teaching computer programming for nearly 20 years. He also teaches a number of very popular on-line courses at Ziff Davis University (ZDU), and is the author of three ZDU Workbooks.
John says that as much as he loves computer programming and consulting, it doesn't compare to the thrill and excitement of teaching people to program themselves. John's teaching philosophy is that he can teach anyone to program in Visual Basic, and that it can be loads of fun while you're learning. This philosophy permeates his writing as well. According to John, you don't need to be a nerd to program - and neither do you need to have your intelligence questioned by reading any computer book that treats you like an idiot.
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Table of Contents
with 100 common questions and answers, this book carefully covers documentation tips, tricks, and tecniques used by VB Programmers. Sample questions include: #2: How do I center a Command Button within a Form? #9: Is there an way to clear the contents of the Immediate window? #13: How can I deselect all the items in a list box? #18: How can I prevent more than one 'instance' of my program from running at once? #20: I'm using the Print method, but nothing is printingwhy not? #23: Is there a way to permanently add a control to the Toolbox? #30: How do I back up the Windows Registry? #34: Is there a way to place an icon on a menu bar? #40: Can I declare more than one variable on a line? #46: Can I implement Cut, Copy, and Paste in a program? #60: Is there an easy way to erase every member of an array? #62: Why do I get an 'Ambiguos Name' error? #65: How can I detect the difference between numbers pressed on the standard keyboard and the numeric keypad? #71: All things being equal, is it better to set a property or execute a method? #91: How can I replace characters in a string variable? #99: Can I detect the Cancel button being pressed in an input box?