Visual Basic Programmer's Journal
Buyer's Guide, Spring 1999, Vol. 9, No. 5
by Rama Ramachandran
Readers' Choice Award
Searchable repository of VB code, with a
customizable library and repository of well-written
Visual Basic code routines.
Intuitive interface, powerful VB routines, quick
retrieval, supports team development.
If you're looking for a customizable, searchable repository of VB code
snippets, Total VB SourceBook might be the answer. Visual Basic
programmers know that when they write good, modular code, it can be reused
in other projects. Total VB SourceBook can provide that elusive bit of
code quickly and efficiently.
The software presents its code routines in an interface called Code
Explorer, which is similar to the Microsoft MSDN interface. A
treeview in the left pane provides the categories where code routines
are segregated. You can drill down on this tree to individual code
segments and modules. When you highlight any code, the
right-hand pane displays useful information in a tabbed interface.
Not only does Total VB SourceBook provide the usage syntax, it
provides a working example of the selected code. As an added
bonus, it lists all additional modules, DLL files, or other library
dependencies required before using the selected code. This list of
dependencies alone makes the product worth its price. The code
modules that ship with Total VB SourceBook follow consistent naming
conventions, maintain the same style and formatting, and are
well-commented. The Search tool provides full text searching
within code modules and their notes.
Total VB SourceBook supports a multi-developer environment. The
code resides in a central location, which can be accessed by several
developers. Code stored in the Code Repository can be tracked by
author as well as date created and modified, and marked read-only to
prevent changes by other developers.
Version 6 incorporates code import functionality that allows you to
import an existing VB module or class into the repository. Total
VB SourceBook is a well-designed code repository filled with solid VB
code that you'll definitely reuse in your other projects. What
makes Total VB SourceBook valuable is not only the quality of the code,
but the ability to add your own code routines, share them with your
coworkers, and annotate existing code routines with your comments.
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