Windows Explorer, the shell in all versions of Microsoft's 32-bit family of operating systems, offers an interface with which millions of users are familiar. Visual Basic, although it excels at creating standalone applications and components, appears to offer absolutely no support for integrating them with the Windows shell. In Visual Basic Shell Programming, Hamilton shows you how to develop shell extensions that allow you to integrate your application with the Windows operating system.
In the past, VB programmers faced two major obstacles to developing shell extensions:
"Visual Basic Shell Programming is one of those rare books that pushes Visual Basic far beyond the basics without sacrificing the inner simplicity and ease of coding of this language. J. P. Hamilton does a great job in reinterpreting the somewhat cryptic shell documentation from the perspective of a VB programmer. The result is a book that unveils many intriguing details about Windows and COM and helps you to write more robust, high-quality VB applications that meet or exceed your customers' expectations. I highly recommend it to all Visual Basic developers, from novices to experts."Online Resources
-Francesco Balena, Founder of www.vb2themax.com, Visual Basic Programmer's Journal Contributing Editor
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