"Each control has its own gestalt, and making effective use of some of the newer and more complicated controls is frequently non-trivial," explains Ron Petrusha, O'Reilly editor. "Visual Basic Controls in a Nutshell offers a step-by-step guide to using each of the major controls. But it does more than that. But there are an enormous number of properties, methods, and events--which means, of course, that some properties and methods are sure to get in the way of one another. Visual Basic Controls in a Nutshell also documents unexpected results (for example, when assigning a property causes a change to another property value or the firing of an event)."
Visual Basic has been described as a visual interface design package to which the programmer attaches snippets of code. Although this definition has been contested by some, no one would contest that Visual Basic's interface design component--and therefore its forms and controls-are central to Visual Basic. To create a professional application, the developer needs extensive knowledge of Visual Basic controls, and of their numerous properties, events, and methods.
Visual Basic Controls in a Nutshell is filled with precisely the kind of information that an experienced Visual Basic programmer constantly requires. Its depth and quality will make it an indispensable addition to the library of every professional VB programmer. With its companion volume, VB & VBA in a Nutshell: The Language, it serves to thoroughly document Microsoft Visual Basic.
"First I concentrated on all the problems I've had with Visual Basic controls and how I got around them," says author Evan S. Dictor. "Then I moved on to learn about all the undocumented interactions between controls. All the tricks to get the controls to do what I want. I wrote dozens of programs just to test how the controls would react to different situations. I discovered that the documentation is incomplete or even inaccurate.
I learned that convention used in one part of the documentation might be eliminated in other parts. And I learned that Visual Basic controls are much more complex than even I imagined."
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Visual Basic Controls
in a Nutshell
By Evan S. Dictor
1st Edition July 1999 (U.S)
1-56592-294-8, 748 pages , $24.95 (US$)
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