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Microsoft Visual Basic 2008 Tutorial


Visual Basic 2008, which is part of the Visual Studio 2008 package, is an object-oriented, general purpose programming language. Programmers using the Visual Basic 2008 language have the ability to write applications ranging from simple user-friendly front-end interfaces to complex database applications. VB 2008 applications can be deployed as stand-alone or web-based applications. This tutorial by Arthur Lee assumes no prior programming background and uses a building block approach beginning with simple programming features and examples while gradually introducing more complex features. Where appropriate, new features that have been introduced in the 2008 version of Visual Basic will be explained. Coding examples are provided to be referenced by the user to enhance their learning experience. Work files are included. To begin learning today, simply click on the movie links.

Introduction

Welcome to Visual Basic 2008
Versions of Visual Basic
VB 2008 Programming Environment
Getting Started
Launching Visual Studio & VB 2008
A Quick & Simple Example

Saving & Executing Projects

Saving the Original Project
Modifications & Re-saving
Recognizing Error Types
Naming Rules
Basic Form Properties

Controls & Properties

Textboxes vs. Labels
Radio Buttons vs. Check Boxes
Picture Boxes
AutoSize Property
Shortcuts & Smart Tags
Working with Multiple Controls
Properties vs. Methods

Coding for Controls

Commenting Code
Clearing the Contents of Controls
Coding for Radio Buttons & Check Boxes
Code for Visibility of Controls
Coding for Multiple Properties

The User Interface

Keyboard Access Keys
Tab Order for Controls
Code for Concatenation
Tooltips
Form StartPosition & WindowState

Variables & Constants

What is a Variable?
What is a Constant?
Data Types
Naming Rules
Variable Declaration Examples
Scope of a Variable
Option Explicit

Coding for Calculations

Using the Parse Method
Math Operations/Hierarchy of Operations
Option Strict
Data Conversion Issues
Formatting Specifier Codes

Message Boxes

Construction of the Message Box
Message Box Button Options
Using the DialogResult Variable
Complex Message Boxes

Accumulating & Counting

Role of Module Level Variables
More on Accumulating
Counting vs. Accumulating
Try-Catch Blocks
Complete Example/Accumulating Program

Conditional Programming

If-Else Statements
Relational Operators
Comparing Strings
Compound Conditions
Nested If Statements
ElseIf Structure Example
Case Structure

Input Validation

Common Validation Techniques
Multiple Validations
Preventing User Errors
Using the Masked Text Box
Error Provider Component/Validating Event

Menus

Menu Basics
Create a Menu Example
Keyboard Functionality With Menus
Writing Code for Menus
Context Menus

General Procedures

Sub Procedures
Function Procedures
Passing Arguments to Procedures

Lists & Combo Boxes

List Boxes & Combo Boxes Basics
List/Combo Box Properties
Add/Remove Items Methods
Combo Box Example/SelectedIndex

Arrays

Fundamentals of an Array
Array & ListBox Example
Alternative Array Declaration
Subscripts & Array Processing
Two-Dimensional Arrays

Looping

Pre-Test/Post-Test Looping
For-Next Loops
Complete Looping Example

Printing

PrintForm vs. PrintDocument
PrintDocument Component
Using the Graphics Page for Printing
PrintPreview Dialog Component

Database Files

XML Data
ADO.NET & VB 2008
Database Application Example

Common Dialog Boxes

Overview of Common Dialog Boxes
Color Dialog Box Demo
Font Dialog Box Demo
Open/Save/Browse Dialog Boxes

Multiple Form Projects

Adding/Removing New Forms
Form Methods & Events
Variables in Multiple Form Projects
Miscellaneous Form Events
Splash Screen
About Form

WPF & Miscellaneous Topics

Windows Presentation Foundation Overview
Copying/Moving Projects
Executable File & Deployment

Wrap Up

Summary of Content Covered

Credits

About this Author


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