March 26, 2003
Updated Edition Offers Help Well Beyond the Help Files: O'Reilly Releases "VBScript in a Nutshell, Second Edition"
Sebastopol, CA--Lightweight yet powerful, Visual Basic Scripting
Edition (VBScript) from Microsoft is used by developers in four main
areas: server-side web applications using Active Server Pages (ASP),
client-side web scripts using Internet Explorer, code behind Outlook
forms, and the automation of repetitive tasks using Windows Script Host
(WSH). In spite of the popularity and utility of the language, the
documentation that accompanies VBScript can be described as lean, at
best. VBScript in a Nutshell, Second Edition, by Paul Lomax, Matt
Childs, and Ron Petrusha (O'Reilly, US $34.95), remedies this
documentation vacuum by delivering a current and complete reference for
programmers and system administers who want to develop effective
scripts in any of these four areas.
"VBScript is now a much more capable and powerful language than we ever
imagined it would be, and having a reference guide to all the language
features becomes even more important," writes Andrew Clinic, Senior
Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation, in a foreword to the book.
"'VBScript in a Nutshell' is a great reference to the language, and I
hope it makes your scripting even more enjoyable and productive."
Completely updated for VBScript 5.6, WSH 5.6, and ASP 3.0, the new
edition of "VBScript in a Nutshell" includes introductory chapters to
help readers keep current with the significant changes since the first
edition was published. A new chapter introduces the Windows Script
Component for creating binary COM components, and an appendix documents
the Script Encoder. The main part of the book is a comprehensive
alphabetical reference to the VBScript language and the Scripting
Runtime Library. Each entry has a standardized listing with the
The keyword's syntax and parameters
A discussion of how and where the keyword should be used within the
The differences between the operation of the keyword in VBScript and
in Visual Basic 6.0 or VBA
Programming Tips & Gotchas--a section containing notes, solutions to
real-world challenges, and undocumented behaviors and aspects of the
language that will help readers avoid potential problems.
Regardless of a reader's level of experience in programming with
VBScript, "VBScript in a Nutshell, Second Edition" will be a valuable
asset--the most complete, up-to-date, and easy-to-use language
"Whether you're writing script on clients or servers, 'VBScript in a
Nutshell' is a handy guide to the ins, outs, and quirks of the VBScript
--Eric Lippert, Software Design Engineer, Microsoft Corporation
Praise for the first edition:
"...a valuable learning resource and reference."
"Because it applies the concise and popular Nutshell format to
Microsoft's preferred scripting language, 'VBScript in a Nutshell' is a
valuable learning resource and reference. Focusing on the core
language, instead of on any specific application, this book teaches how
to write clear, efficient VBScript code."
--Richard Dragan, Teri Kieffer, and Ara Jane Olufson, Amazon.com
Delivers: Computer Programming
VBScript in a Nutshell, Second Edition
Paul Lomax, Matt Childs, and Ron Petrusha
ISBN 0-596-00488-5, 491 pages, $34.95 (US), $54.95 (CAN), 24.95 (UK)
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