VBScript Programmer's Reference / Edition 2

VBScript Programmer's Reference / Edition 2

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VBScript Programmer's Reference / Edition 2

What is this book about?

The VBScript standard has changed over time, and several new things have been introduced since this book first published in 1999. The current standard for VBScript is 5.6. The script debugger, script control, and script encoder have all changed and the Windows Script Component Wizard, regular expressions, and remote scripting have been introduced. Windows Script Host technology has also matured over time and gained in both effectiveness and popularity.

VBScript Programmer's Reference, 2nd Edition begins with discussion of the general syntax, functions, keywords, style, error handling, and similar language-specific topics and then moves into an expanded reference section covering the object models in detail. The book combines a comprehensive overview of the VBScript technology and associated technologies with practical examples at every stage from beginner to advanced user.

Specific topics include the following:

  • Variables and Data Types
  • Procedures
  • Error Handling and Debugging
  • Windows Script Components
  • Script Encoding
  • Remote Scripting
  • Data Objects
  • Coding Conventions

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764559938
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 06/28/2004
Pages: 720
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

About the Authors.



Chapter 1: A Quick Introduction to Programming.

Chapter 2: What VBScript Is—and Isn’t!

Chapter 3: Data Types.

Chapter 4: Variables and Procedures.

Chapter 5: Control of Flow.

Chapter 6: Error Handling and Debugging.

Chapter 7: The Scripting Runtime Objects.

Chapter 8: Classes in VBScript (Writing Your Own COM Objects).

Chapter 9: Regular Expressions.

Chapter 10: Client-Side Web Scripting.

Chapter 11: Super-Charged Client-Side Scripting.

Chapter 12: Windows Script Host.

Chapter 13: Windows Script Components.

Chapter 14: Script Encoding.

Chapter 15: Remote Scripting.

Chapter 16: HTML Applications.

Chapter 17: Server-Side Web Scripting.

Chapter 18: Adding VBScript to Your VB Applications.

Appendix A: VBScript Functions and Keywords.

Appendix B: Variable Naming Convention.

Appendix C: Coding Convention.

Appendix D: Visual Basic Constants Supported in VBScript.

Appendix E: VBScript Error Codes and the Err Object.

Appendix F: The Scripting Runtime Library Object Reference.

Appendix G: The Windows Script Host Object Model.

Appendix H: Regular Expressions.

Appendix I: VBScript Features not in VBA.

Appendix J: VBA Features not in VBScript.

Appendix K: The Variant Subtypes.

Appendix L: ActiveX Data Objects.


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VBScript Programmer's Reference 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have found this book very useful and an excellent resource. I would recommend it highly to anybody writing VBScript code.
Guest More than 1 year ago
How many books have you bought sight unseen that have failed your expectations and wasted your money? This book has it all. Great descriptions and in depth on every subject as well as shorthand appendixes that may be all that is really needed for an experienced programmer. The name of this book tells it like it is. If this were the only vbscript book in your library it would fill the niche admirably. I have only one improvement recomendation: In the shorthand appendixes of functions keywords et al It would have been nice to have bold emphasized fonts for the command or keyword etc. Easier to find pertinate info is all. I went through the appendix with a highlight pen to make it a better reference for fast lookups. This book is worth every red (as in copper) cent or more put forth.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Perhaps the most common use of VBScript is for client side scripting for browsers. Given IE's 90%+ dominance of this market, and that it supports only VBScript and JScript, you can well see the need for a book like this one. The authors point out that VBScript has broadly equivalent functionality to JavaScript and JScript. It makes sense to choose VBScript or JScript over JavaScript if you are coding to browsers. But why VBScript over JScript? The book suggests that if you are hailing from a VB background, then the transition to VBScript can be relatively painless. Helped of course by these authors. Hopefully, you should not have too much trouble with VBScript, whatever your background. It is a simpler language than C++, Java or C#. Plus, the style of the typical problem tackled in the book is such that a program of 100 lines or less usually suffices. You may not notice it, but such choices of problems are strategic. If solutions were thousands of lines long, then stronger procedural or object oriented techniques would be useful, leading to other languages.