Visual Basic 6: Design, Specification and Objects (Prentice-Hall Series on Microsoft Technologies)

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Stop being a coder and start being a developer
Too many Visual Basic projects fail. I believe poor definition and design are the most common reasons why. Visual Basic developers typically jump right into coding and screen design, without really understanding the problem to be solved.

The book concentrates on practical, real-world techniques to improve your odds of success. It is based on a class I have taught to Visual Basic developers for several years. The examples come from actual development projects, and much of the discussion deals with problems especially common in the VB world.

The book discusses definition and design of software, estimating, and general "best practices" for software development. It also contains an introduction to objects in Visual Basic, using an approach that is much less abstract than most existing books.

The enclosed CD contains all the programming examples, plus some Microsoft Word templates to help you get started with specification documents.

If you want to move beyond being just a VB coder, and really become a true software developer, this book can help you get started. It won't magically transform you - that transition takes a lot of work. But the potential benefits are huge, including more satisfaction and less stress in your work, and more likelihood of professional advancement.

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  • Hands-on, real-world VB object design—not an academic treatise!
  • Finding out what users need—even if they don't know how to tell you
  • Why you shouldn't touch the user interface until the specs are complete
  • How to create better interfaces when the time is right
  • Practical examples covering the entire development lifecycle
  • Key design techniques that deliver the most value
  • Includes coverage of the Microsoft Solutions Framework

Master object-based disciplines for building great VB6 enterprise apps!

“I hate waste. I hate to see development dollars flushed down the toilet. I hate to see grumpy, dissatisfied developers hacking away at code no one will ever use. You probably hate those things, too. But do you hate them enough to do something about it?”
—Billy S. Hollis, author of Visual Basic 6: Design, Specification, and Objects.

Right now, somewhere, a VB project is failing—because nobody took the time up front to define, specify, and design that project. It's so easy to create slick dialogs, many developers forget that designing screens and designing software systems are two different things!

The solution: Visual Basic 6: Design, Specification, and Objects, by Billy S. Hollis. Forget those academic, “head-in-the-clouds” object design guides, this is real-world, hands-on stuff. You'll learn requirements-gathering techniques that work: who to interview, how to prepare, how to follow up, and more. You'll learn the most effective ways to write requirements documents (with MS-Word templates on CD-ROM to jumpstart the process). You'll master data modeling; n-tier design; unique considerations for commercial software; even the Microsoft Solutions Framework (MSF), Microsoft's official development methodology.

With VB6, you already have the technology to build enterprise-class applications. By the time you finish this book, you'll have the design, analysis, and specification skills you need, too!

CD-ROM included

The accompanying CD-ROM contains all Visual Basic 6 code from the book, plus easy-to-use Microsoft Word templates that help you jumpstart your own project designs and specifications!

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