Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Professional Step by Step, Second Edition

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This information-packed STEP BY STEP course—based on the best-selling first edition—is the easiest, fastest way to teach yourself how to write 32-bit Microsoft® Windows®–based programs with Visual Basic®. Work through every lesson to complete the full course, or do just the lessons you want to learn exactly the skills you need. Either way, you receive professional Visual Basic 6.0 training at your own pace, with real-world examples and practice...

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Overview

This information-packed STEP BY STEP course—based on the best-selling first edition—is the easiest, fastest way to teach yourself how to write 32-bit Microsoft® Windows®–based programs with Visual Basic®. Work through every lesson to complete the full course, or do just the lessons you want to learn exactly the skills you need. Either way, you receive professional Visual Basic 6.0 training at your own pace, with real-world examples and practice files to help you master core programming skills.

Topics covered include:

  • Getting Started with Visual Basic: Opening and running a Visual Basic program, writing your first program, and working with controls, menus, and dialog boxes
  • Programming fundamentals: Working with Visual Basic variables and operators and using decision structures, loops, and timers
  • Creating the perfect user interface: Working with forms, printers, and error handlers and adding artwork and special effects
  • Managing corporate data: Using modules and procedures, exploring text files and processing strings, managing Microsoft Access databases, and connecting to Microsoft Office
  • Visual Basic 6.0 Professional Edition tools and techniques: Word processing with the Rich TextBox control, displaying progress and status information, using the Multimedia MCI control, and using the Windows API
  • Web programming fundamentals: Downloading files with the Internet Transfer control, displaying HTML documents with Internet Explorer, designing Dynamic HTML (DHTML) pages, and adding Toolbox elements and ActiveX® Controls to DHTML pages
  • Advanced database programming: Managing data with the FlexGrid control and exploring ActiveX Data Objects (ADO)
  • Upgrade notes: What’s new and improved in Visual Basic .NET and how to plan an upgrade
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735618831
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press
  • Publication date: 10/30/2002
  • Series: Microsoft Step by Step Series
  • Edition description: 2nd Second ed.
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 720
  • Product dimensions: 7.82 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 1.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Halvorson is the author or co-author of twenty computer books, including Microsoft Office XP Inside Out, Visual Basic 6 Professional Step By Step, Learn Microsoft Visual Basic 6 Now, Running Microsoft Office 2000 Premium Edition, and Microsoft Word 97/Visual Basic Step by Step. Michael earned a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, and master’s and doctoral degrees in History from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. He was employed at Microsoft Corporation as a technical editor, acquisitions editor, and localization manager from 1985 to 1993. Michael currently spends his time developing innovative software solutions for Microsoft Office and Microsoft Visual Basic .NET, and teaching European history courses at colleges in the Pacific Northwest.

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Table of Contents

QuickLook Guide
Finding Your Best Starting Point
Installing and Using the Practice Files
Conventions and Features in This Book
Visual Basic 6 vs. Visual Basic .NET
Installing Visual Studio 6 Service Packs
Pt. 1 Getting Started with Visual Basic 1
Lesson 1 Opening and Running a Visual Basic Program 3
Lesson 2 Writing Your First Program 23
Lesson 3 Working with Controls 55
Lesson 4 Working with Menus and Dialog Boxes 91
Pt. 2 Programming Fundamentals 121
Lesson 5 Visual Basic Variables and Operators 123
Lesson 6 Using Decision Structures 155
Lesson 7 Using Loops and Timers 183
Pt. 3 Creating the Perfect User Interface 211
Lesson 8 Working with Forms, Printers, and Error Handlers 213
Lesson 9 Adding Artwork and Special Effects 241
Pt. 4 Managing Corporate Data 283
Lesson 10 Using Modules and Procedures 285
Lesson 11 Working with Collections and Arrays 315
Lesson 12 Exploring Text Files and String Processing 341
Lesson 13 Managing Access Databases 371
Lesson 14 Connecting to Microsoft Office 391
Pt. 5 Professional Edition Tools and Techniques 407
Lesson 15 Word Processing with the Rich Textbox Control 409
Lesson 16 Displaying Progress and Status Information 431
Lesson 17 Integrating Music and Video with the Multimedia MCI Control 449
Lesson 18 Beyond Visual Basic: Using the Windows API 463
Pt. 6 Internet Programming Fundamentals 481
Lesson 19 Downloading Files with the Internet Transfer Control 483
Lesson 20 Displaying HTML Documents with Internet Explorer 493
Lesson 21 Designing Dynamic HTML Pages for the Web 507
Lesson 22 Adding Toolbox Elements and ActiveX Controls to DHTML Pages 541
Pt. 7 Advanced Database Programming 567
Lesson 23 Managing Data with the FlexGrid Control 569
Lesson 24 Exploring ActiveX Data Objects 591
App. A Upgrading Visual Basic 6 Programs to Visual Basic .NET 617
App. B: Where to Go for More Information 629
Index 635
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2002

    The best I've looked at!!

    Being new to VB, I always wanted to find a book that would take me from "A" and up at "Z", thereby "learning VB." After looking at countless books, Halvorson's book looks like it fits the bill. I'll write another review when I'm done.

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