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by Ron Petrusha,Matt Childs

Download VBScript in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference (In a Nutshell (O'Reilly)) ePub
  • ISBN 1565927206
  • ISBN13 978-1565927209
  • Language English
  • Author Ron Petrusha,Matt Childs
  • Publisher O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (May 11, 1995)
  • Pages 508
  • Formats lrf azw mbr mobi
  • Category Technology
  • Subcategory Web Development and Design
  • Size ePub 1752 kb
  • Size Fb2 1473 kb
  • Rating: 4.9
  • Votes: 825

Microsoft's Visual Basic Scripting Edition (VBScript), a subset of Visual Basic for Applications, is a powerful language for Internet application development, where it can serve as a scripting language for server-side Internet applications (i.e., Active Server Pages), and client-side web pages. It can also be used for system scripting (i.e., Windows Script Host scripts) and programming Outlook forms.The greater part of this book is an alphabetical VBScript language reference to all VBScript statements, keywords and objects, emphasizing the following details:

The syntax, using standard code conventionsA list of arguments accepted by the function or procedure, if any existA description of the data returned by a functionA discussion of how and where the keyword should be used within the scripting environmentA section of notes and solutions to real-world gotchas, and various undocumented behaviors and aspects of the language that help the reader avoid potential problemsA section that focuses on the differences between the language element in VBA and in VBScriptA brief example to illustrate the use of the keywordSupplementing this focus on VBScript language essentials is a wealth of additional information about VBScript, including:Basic language information on VBScript data types, constants, variables, and arraysThe difference between VBScript and VBA or JavaScriptThe use of the MSIE, Active Server, Outlook, and Windows Script Host object models to interface a script with the application it's controllingTables listing VBScript functions and statements by categoryThe version-specific features of VBScriptRegardless of the types of scripts you're using VBScript to create,VBScript in a Nutshell is the only book you'll need by your side--a complete and easy-to-use language reference.

Ron has a background in quantitative labor history, specializing in Russian labor history, and holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Columbia University. He began working with computers in the mid 1970s, programming in SPSS (a programmable statistical package) and FORTRAN on the IBM 370 family.

VBScript in a Nutshell book Paperback, 508 pages. Published May 11th 1995 by O'Reilly Media (first published May 8th 1995).

VBScript in a Nutshell book. Paperback, 508 pages. VBScript in a Nutshell (In a Nutshell (O'Reilly)). 1565927206 (ISBN13: 9781565927209).

VBScript in a Nutshell : A Desktop Quick Reference. by Ron Petrusha and Matt Childs. Active Server Pages), and client-side web pages. It can also be used for system scripting (. Windows Script Host scripts) and programming Outlook forms.

Ron has a background in quantitative labor history, specializing in Russian labor history, and holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Columbia University.

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I've had my copy of "VBScript in a Nutshell" for months now, and it's made my programming life a lot easier. Forget the syntax for something? Can't remember if that function is named InStr( ) or Substr( )? In no time, this neatly organized volume will yield your answer with a minimum of fuss, especially for those of us who switch languages between (or even within) projects and tend not to remember language elements at the margins.
Perhaps the only failing of this book is that it is occasionally light on code examples. Especially when I'm in a hurry, a few lines of code make more sense than mentally parsing the complex array of options that might be presented in "definition form." But in most cases, in the places you most yearn for an example of source code, one is provided.
One of the more valuable aspects of the reference material presented here are the numerous hints and kinks... The little traps that you can fall into with a given statement or function that ordinarily can only be gleaned from lots of hands-on experience. Sure, some of the tips are more valuable than others, but an attempt is made to cover the bases for both newbies and seasoned VBScripters.
As is typical of most O'Reilly books, a very solid index makes a big difference, especially in a book like any of those from the Nutshell series where you're using it mostly for reference and not for front-to-back reading. In addition to the index, in the back of the book, you'll find language elements grouped by type. Want a refresher on all of VBScript's string handling? A complete list is right there waiting (and quite a boon to multi-language programmers).
While Microsoft makes available a complete documentation system for their scripting languages available for free download in the form of a Windows help file (indexed, searchable, and full of code examples), I've found that neither this book nor the help file can replace the other. Rather, both are tools I refer to throughout virtually every VBScript project of any import than I tackle.
Perhaps in their next edition of this book, the authors will choose to add more code examples -- something that would make an already very good book, even better.
It's about time someone else reviewed this book!
I needed a good VBScript reference book to consult when doing scripting projects for my company. The entire book isn't just a reference to the VBScript language-- that's only about half of the book. The reference is organized alphabetically and contains a description, rules and usually a decent example of the VBScript function, statement, method, etc.
So the surprise is the first half of the book, and it may be important to you and it may not. There are 20 pages on general program structure that most every programmer will find boring: pasing parameters by reference, passing variables into a subroutine, etc. After 8 more pages on data types and 22 pages on error handling/debugging, the authors included four other sections on VBScript with Active Server Pages, Programming Outlook forms, Windows Script Host, and VBScript with Internet Explorer. I found these sections to be out of the scope of what I was looking for in what O'Reilly calls a "desktop quick reference" book: simply a reference to the language.
I gave it four stars because the thing is only $( ) and you are getting 500 pages. I bought the book for the reference, even if it has this other stuff I don't care about. If you are programming VBScript or ASP in Notepad without "Help" to consult, this may be the best pure VBScript book out there. It will come in handy.
The first part introduces Vbscript concepts which may already be known by the intermediate level target audience. The sections on error handling and Active Server Pages will be useful to me. A value of reading this book is to be introduced to topics you didn't previously know existed. For example, learning about programming Outlook forms and Windows Script Host were useful though I have no immediate need for them.

The real meat is the 260 pages of the reference. Before jumping into that section, I would recommend reading Appendix A for a categorical listing of the elements. For example, if you are interested in doing string manipulation refer to the section on "String Manipulation" then look up the specific function alphabetically in the reference. I would also recommend browsing through the complete reference - you are sure to find some new useful function such as the dictionary, filtering, regular expression matches and complete set of string functions. In a few cases, I wish the examples were available on CD or from the web, but none are that long that re-typing is a major problem.
Probably THE best programming language book I've ever used. My original copy is practically worn out from referencing it.
VBScript is not my favorite scripting language, but my job includes a fair amount of it, so I need a reference. Of the reference books I have in my office, this is the one most likely to be sitting open on my desk at any given time. The reason that I don't give it five stars is that it is a bit dated. (I can argue that VBScript, itself, is a bit dated, so it's a minor complaint.)
I was in a scripting class and this book has made it a lot easier to understand scripting. I recommend this to anyone seriously thinking about scripting.
Since I had never used VBScript before I bought this book to get a quick start on the syntax and functions available in VBScript. It brought me up to speed very quickly. I now use it as a quick reference. Very well put together book. I would highly recommend it to others.VBScript in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition
Haven't had it that long, but I can look up the parameters to function calls quickly in this book. If I just had to have one VBScript book, this would be it.