Fundamentals of
Visual Basic

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IT_coverSm04.jpg (21672 bytes)The free online textbook for this course is Sams Teach Yourself Visual Basic 6 in 24 Hours. Read the Introduction to the book.


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Part I: Introducing Visual Basic

1. Visual Basic at Work
2. Analyzing Visual Basic Programs
3. Controls and Properties
4. Examining Labels, Buttons, and Text Boxes

Part II: Coding the Details

5. Putting Code into Visual Basic
6. Message and Input Boxes
7. Making Decisions
8. Visual Basic Looping

Part III:Putting Code to Work

  9. Combining Code and Controls
10. List Boxes and Data Lists
11. Additional Controls
12. Dialog Box Basics

Part IV:Programming with Data

13. Modular Programming
14. Built-In Functions Save Time
15. Visual Basic Database Basics
16. Printing with Visual Basic

Part V:Sprucing Up Programs

17. Menus and Visual Basic
18. The Graphic Image Controls
19. Toolbars and More Graphics
20. Writing Correct Applications

Part VI: Advancing Visual Basic Applications

21. Visual Basic and ActiveX
22. Object Basics
23. Distributing Your Applications
24. Online Visual Basic

About this Course

This course is intended for serious computer hobbyists, IT students, and IT professionals. Windows and Visual Basic are required.

Visual Basic (VB) is an event driven programming language and associated development environment created by Microsoft. In business programming, it has one of the largest user bases.

It is derived heavily from BASIC and enables rapid application development (RAD) of graphical user interface (GUI) applications, access to databases using DAO, RDO, or ADO, and creation of ActiveX controls and objects. A programmer can put together an application using the components provided with Visual Basic itself.

As of 2003, 52 percent of software developers used Visual Basic, making it the most popular programming language at that time. 43 percent of those Visual Basic developers, however, planned to move to other languages.[1] The popularity of Visual Basic perhaps results from its easy to understand syntax. Like all other Turing complete programming languages, it can also be used to create arbitrarily complex applications. Programs written in Visual Basic can use the Windows API, but doing so requires external function declarations.

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