Core MCSD: Designing and Implementing Desktop Applications with Microsoft Visual Basic 6

Core MCSD: Designing and Implementing Desktop Applications with Microsoft Visual Basic 6

by Steven Holzner, Steven Holzner

Visual Basic author Steven Holzner covers every Microsoft exam objective, with coverage of the intermediate-to-advanced topics most likely to trip you up on the exam.. "You'll find hundreds of pages of COM coverage: all you need to start creating COM clients, components and ActiveX controls and build sophisticated VB6 Web applications. Holzner reviews database…  See more details below


Visual Basic author Steven Holzner covers every Microsoft exam objective, with coverage of the intermediate-to-advanced topics most likely to trip you up on the exam.. "You'll find hundreds of pages of COM coverage: all you need to start creating COM clients, components and ActiveX controls and build sophisticated VB6 Web applications. Holzner reviews database integration in depth: ADO, OLE DB, data-bound controls, SQL queries and much more. You'll find complete chapters on topics such as advanced user interface custom controls and a systematic review of VB6 error handling and debugging.. "CORE MCSD covers every key exam objective; includes exam strategy discussions, working examples, nearly 350 sample exam questions; forms, controls, menus, and advanced user interfaces; COM clients and components, ActiveX, active documents, DHTML, and the Internet; database integration and data-bound controls; debugging, packaging, deploying, and maintaining advanced VB6 applications.

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This preparation guide for certification exam 70-176 reviews COM clients and components, ActiveX controls, DHTML pages, database connection protocols, data-bound controls, SQL queries, advanced user interface custom controls, and error handling and debugging. The CD- ROM contains a four-hour training module for Windows NT. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Chapter One: The Visual Basic Integrated Design Environment

Visual Basic is a collection of powerful tools that come together in the VB Integrated Development Environment (IDE). The IDE presents a logical place to start an examination of Visual Basic, because setting up the environment and using the tools in it comprise a crucial skill set for Exam 70-176.

In this chapter, you'll review each part of the IDE. The IDE includes many tools in which you'll need to be competent, such as the Visual Component Manager and the Object Browser. You'll also go through the standard tasks of creating projects and project files, as well as learn how to work with project groups. As with the other chapters in this book, you should be trying these things out as they're covered in the book-the whole point is to get you ready for the exam and, of course, that works best when you apply what you read here.

Installing Visual Basic

Visual Basic comes in three editions, as shown in Table I.I: Learning Edition, Professional Edition, and Enterprise Edition. The Learning Edition is designed for novice programmers, or more experienced programmers who are just learning Visual Basic. This edition has the Visual Basic IDE, a standard set of common controls, and some data controls. It also includes the full MSDN documentation for Visual Basic. The Professional Edition also contains the Visual Basic IDE, the standard controls and some additional controls, the DHTML (Dynamic HTML) designer, database tools, the data environment, active data objects, and full MSDN documentation for Visual Basic.

The Enterprise Edition has all that the Professional Edition has, as ell as editionsof Microsoft Transaction Server (MTS), Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS), Visual SourceSafe (VSS), tools for creating distributed applications, and more.

Note: It's best to prepare for the exam using the Enterprise Edition of Visual Basic.

You can purchase Visual Basic either as a standalone application or as part of the Microsoft Visual Studio (Visual Basic is part of the Visual Studio suite, which includes other products such as Visual C++ and Visual J++).

The installation process is mostly automatic and straightforward. There are, however, a few issues that you should be familiar with when installing this product.

Installation Requirements

To install Visual Basic, you'll need the resources shown in Table 1. 1 (these requirements are subject to change without notice and don't include items like the Microsoft Internet Explorer, which takes 43MB to 59MB).

Installing over Beta or Pre-Release Versions

Microsoft issues serious warnings about installing Visual Basic over previous beta, pre-release, and technical preview installations. Specifically, Microsoft says that you should not install the final release of any Visual Studio 6.0 product on computers that have these versions because some components may not be installed, which means that earlier beta versions of those components would remain on your disk. The result would be an unstable application-perhaps even an unstable system.

The solution? It's a tough pill to take: Microsoft says you should reformat your hard disk and reinstall the operating system before installing a final release over any beta or pre-release version. In fact, technical support people at Microsoft used to automatically assume you'd be using different computers for beta and pre-releases from the final product. The moral: Don't mix the final product with early versions of the same program.

In addition, note that if you have a dual-boot computer and want to install and run Visual Studio products under both operating systems, you must install the products into separate directories.

Note: During installation, the Installation Wizard may install the Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 Service Pack (SP), because the compiled HTML help system that comes with Visual Basic uses some of the Internet Explorer components, and because you can create dynamic HTML applications with Visual Basic. Near the end of the Internet Explorer setup, the Internet Explorer Setup Wizard restarts your computer, and after the computer is rebooted, the Internet Explorer Setup Wizard continues installing files and configuring your system. On some occasions, the Visual

Basic Installation Wizard may also start while the Internet Explorer Setup Wizard is finishing this task. Microsoft advises you to let the Internet Explorer Setup Wizard complete its processing before continuing with Visual Basic installation.

Performing the Installation

Whether you're installing Visual Basic as a standalone product or the Visual Studio suite, start the installation process in the same way: by inserting the first CD into your CD-ROM drive and running the setup.exe program (if there's been a full or partial installation on your system already, setup.exe won't run automatically, so start it manually).

Before installing Visual Basic, you might want to look at the readme files on the CD; these files are in HTML format and address many installation issues. If you're running Windows 95, you may get a warning from the setup program about limited Registry space, because of the 64K Registry size limit in Windows 95. If you have other large products already installed, like Microsoft Office, the shared DLL space may exceed the 64K limit.

The setup program displays an End User License Agreement; click I accept. You're also prompted for your name and company name. Enter the appropriate settings-you may need to get the CD key from the back of the CD case. The product ID is displayed; this is a number you'll need if you call Microsoft for technical support.

If you're installing Visual Basic as part of Visual Studio, you'll see screen showing a list of installation options:

  • custom-Lets you customize your installation by selecting what components to install.

  • Products-Lets you select the product or products you want to install.

  • Server Applications-Lets you install Visual Studio server applications without installing other development environments.

If you select the Products option and follow the on-screen directions, the setup program displays the visual Studio Individual Tools Setup screen; select the option for Visual Basic 6.0. When you do, the setup dialog that lets you indicate what products to install appears, as in Figure 1.1. If you're installing Visual Basic as a standalone product, you'll see the same screen, but with fewer options (Visual C++ and so on will be missing). Select the options you want-at a minimum, you'll need Microsoft visual Basic 6. 0 and the Data Access options to make sure Visual Basic works right-then click continue.

If you're installing Visual Basic from the Visual Studio CDs, I recommend accepting the default options you're presented with if you're installing Visual Basic as a standalone product, and deselecting the Microsoft Visual C++ 6. 0, Microsoft Visual FoxPro 6. 0, and Microsoft visual InterDev 6. 0 options-unless you specifically want those components....

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