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Need a good book for a beginner.

I wrote my first BASIC compiler when Bill Gates was going to Lakeside
School, and am believed to be the original inventor of the ON ERROR
statement.

Now, my son wants to learn Visual Basic, but NOT from me. He wants a
manual that is NOT a handholding tome on how to write a program, but
instead is rather a complete language description in the tradition of
the old IBM language manuals.

Does this exist? Is there anything like this on-line?

Thanks for you help.

Steve Richfie1d

Jul 17 '05 #1
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A good general language reference:

VB and VBA in a Nutshell by Paul Lomax (O'Reilly publ.)

A good starting point with numerous simple code
samples, while simultaneously free of lame jokes,
soothing prattle, and cute, anthropomorphic animal/insect
cartoons:

Visual Basic 6 Complete (Sybex publ.)

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I wrote my first BASIC compiler when Bill Gates was going to Lakeside
School, and am believed to be the original inventor of the ON ERROR
statement.

Now, my son wants to learn Visual Basic, but NOT from me. He wants a
manual that is NOT a handholding tome on how to write a program, but
instead is rather a complete language description in the tradition of
the old IBM language manuals.

Does this exist? Is there anything like this on-line?

Thanks for you help.

Steve Richfie1d

Jul 17 '05 #2
"Steve Richfie1d" <St***@NOSPAM.smart-life.net> wrote
Now, my son wants to learn Visual Basic, but NOT from me. He wants a
manual that is NOT a handholding tome on how to write a program, but
instead is rather a complete language description in the tradition of
the old IBM language manuals.

Does this exist? Is there anything like this on-line?

In the 'anything like this' dept...

www.mvps.org/vb/hardcore/

LFS


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Jul 17 '05 #3
Although definitely not visual basic, I personally found that by reading
Charles Petzold's "Programming Windows", I gained appreciation for the inner
workings of Windows through he eyes of a C developer. I did not create the
samples he amply provides, but rather read and re-read the code until I
understood the components of a Windows application. I can't tell you how
many times I've been able to reflect on that material over the years as I
tried to make VB do things that by definition, it was not supposed to be
able to do easily.

http://service.bfast.com/bfast/click...X&bfmtype=book

Interestingly, Charles also wrote "Programming Microsoft Windows with
Microsoft Visual Basic" (for VB.net) in August 2002, a book I've not yet
bought but expect it to be of the same value.

http://service.bfast.com/bfast/click...6&bfmtype=book

Also of interest, and also by the same author, is "Code; The Hidden Language
of Computer Hardware and Software" which deals not with language but the
very low-level workings of the computer. To quote the text on the page
below ... "The work of legendary computer book author Charles Petzold has
influenced an entire generation of programmers."

http://service.bfast.com/bfast/click...9&bfmtype=book

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"Steve Richfie1d" <St***@NOSPAM.smart-life.net> wrote in message
news:99******************************@news.teranew s.com...
: I wrote my first BASIC compiler when Bill Gates was going to Lakeside
: School, and am believed to be the original inventor of the ON ERROR
: statement.
:
: Now, my son wants to learn Visual Basic, but NOT from me. He wants a
: manual that is NOT a handholding tome on how to write a program, but
: instead is rather a complete language description in the tradition of
: the old IBM language manuals.
:
: Does this exist? Is there anything like this on-line?
:
: Thanks for you help.
:
: Steve Richfie1d
:
Jul 17 '05 #4
> A good general language reference:

VB and VBA in a Nutshell by Paul Lomax (O'Reilly publ.)


Agreed! Here is the ISBN number for the above...
ISBN No. 1-56592-358-8

Also from O'Reilly is this, the companion to the above book...

"Visual Basic Controls in a Nutshell" by Evan S. Dictor
ISBN No. 1-56592-294-8

Rick - MVP
Jul 17 '05 #5

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