The first chapters of this guide took you through some basic language
fundamentals. That laid the groundwork for the next chapters, in
which you started to see how VBScript can tie together a variety
of components to make more active pages. You saw a variety of
entities and objects that you can control through VBScript, including
HTML form controls, ActiveX controls, Java applets, and ActiveVRML.
Of course, you need a well-crafted approach to smoothly integrate
such components. To help you along the way, we exposed you to
some helpful guidelines and user interface techniques. Taken as
a whole, the techniques covered in these chapters bring you
to the point where you can put together real, productive, active
pages. You can do this by taking advantage of a wealth of integrated
components, as well as writing your own VBScript code.
Where You Have Been
The chapters started with a look at intrinsic HTML form controls on
Day 8. Day 9 addressed more HTML form controls. Then, Day 10 switched
to a slightly different type of component, the object. It focused
on perhaps the most important type of object to the VBScript programmer,
the ActiveX control. On Day 11, you learned about more ActiveX
controls. Day 12 addressed advanced object issues, including more
sophisticated ActiveX controls, Java applet objects, and the ActiveVRML
viewer object. Component download issues were also addressed here.
Day 13 switched tracks slightly by focusing on an area very important
to good component integration-VBScript standards and conventions.
Finally, the chapters ended with a look at working with the document
object of a page and user interface functions on Day 14. After
making it through this chapters of material, you are past the raw
novice stage and have the abilities, with practice, to produce
professional-caliber scripts. You still need more tricks, techniques,
and even fundamental issues to round out your knowledge, which
is the topic of the next chapters.