VBScript in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: March 2003
Pages: 514

Lightweight yet powerful, VBScript from Microsoft® is used 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 automating repetitive tasks using Windows Script Host (WSH). VBScript in a Nutshell, Second Edition delivers current and complete documentation for programmers and system administrators who want to develop effective scripts.

Completely updated for VBScript 5.6, WSH 5.6 and ASP 3.0, VBScript In a Nutshell, Second Edition includes updated introductory chapters that will help you keep current with the significant changes since the first edition was published. New chapters introduce the Windows Script Component for creating binary COM components, and the Script Encoder.

The main part of the book is a comprehensive reference focusing on VBScript essentials with an alphabetical reference to all statements, keywords and objects, and a section of notes and solutions to real-world gotchas--various undocumented behaviors and aspects of the language--to help you avoid potential problems. Each entry in the reference section details the following:

  • The keyword's syntax, using standard code conventions
  • A list of arguments accepted by the function or procedure, if any exist
  • A discussion of how and where the keyword should be used within the scripting environment
  • A discussion of the differences between the operation of the keyword in Visual Basic or VBA and in VBScript
Regardless of your level of experience programming with VBScript, VBScript in a Nutshell, Second Edition is the book you'll want by your side--the most complete, up-to-date, and easy-to-use language reference available.
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This is positively the best desk reference I own. I use it practically every hour. If you do ANY VB scripting, you need this! Besides the comprehensive reference that makes up the second half of this excellant book, there are consise tutorials on using VBScript in Active Server Pages (ASP), Windows Scripting Host (WSH), with Outlook forms, and Internet Explorer. A facinating section on script components (that's right, COM using VBS) is also included. VBS Programmer's that are ASP centric will likely want more than what is here - ASP is given no more attention than the myriad other application of VBS. They should get this AND one of the orielly ASP/ASP.NET books for completeness.

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