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This information-packed Step by Step course is the easiest and fastest way to teach yourself to write 32-bit Microsoft Windows–based programs using the latest version of Microsoft Visual Basic. Work through every lesson to complete the full course, or do individual lessons to learn just the skills you need. Either way, you gain the skills you need at your own pace.

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Overview

This information-packed Step by Step course is the easiest and fastest way to teach yourself to write 32-bit Microsoft Windows–based programs using the latest version of Microsoft Visual Basic. Work through every lesson to complete the full course, or do individual lessons to learn just the skills you need. Either way, you gain the skills you need at your own pace.

With MICROSOFT VISUAL BASIC PROFESSIONAL 6.0 STEP BY STEP, you’ll learn to:

  • Work with ActiveX controls, compiler options, and the new development tools
  • Master programming fundamentals, including variables, decision structures, loops, and functions
  • Create custom dialog boxes, clocks, menus, and animation effects
  • Manage text files and use encryption and sorting algorithms
  • Use Automation to integrate Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Outlook features into your applications
  • Explore Professional Edition ActiveX controls that process RTF files, run videos, display progress information, and play audio CD-ROMs
  • Call the memory management functions in the Windows API
  • Download FTP and HTML files from the Internet and design DHTML pages
  • Exploit corporate data resources with advanced database tools and the new ActiveX Data Objects

For customers who purchase an ebook version of this title, instructions for downloading the CD files can be found in the ebook.


This expanded publication is bundled with the self-study kit, Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Deluxe Learning Edition. This seven-part, beginning to intermediate tutorial is designed for novice VB application programmers. It introduces Microsoft technologies such as ActiveX, Windows APIs and Automation. To derive the most benefit from this book, some familiarity with programming concepts and the Windows environment would be desirable.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572318090
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1998
  • Series: Microsoft Step by Step Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 672
  • Product dimensions: 7.43 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Halvorson has written more than 30 books, including the popular Microsoft Visual Basic 2008 Step by Step, Microsoft Office XP Inside Out, and Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Professional Step by Step. A former Visual Basic localization manager at Microsoft, Michael is a professor at Pacific Lutheran University.

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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
Pt. 1 Getting Started with Visual Basic 1
1 Opening and Running a Visual Basic Program 3
2 Writing Your First Program 19
3 Working with Controls 49
4 Working with Menus and Dialog Boxes 85
Pt. 2 Programming Fundamentals 115
5 Visual Basic Variables and Operators 117
6 Using Decision Structures 147
7 Using Loops and Timers 173
Pt. 3 Creating the Perfect User Interface 199
8 Working with Forms, Printers, and Error Handlers 201
9 Adding Artwork and Special Effects 227
Pt. 4 Managing Corporate Data 267
10 Using Modules and Procedures 269
11 Working with Collections and Arrays 297
12 Exploring Text Files and String Processing 323
13 Managing Access Databases 351
14 Connecting to Microsoft Office 371
Pt. 5 Professional Edition Tools and Techniques 403
15 Word Processing with the Rich Textbox Control 405
16 Displaying Progress and Status Information 425
17 Integrating Music and Video with the Multimedia MCI Control 443
18 Beyond Visual Basic: Using the Windows API 457
Pt. 6 Internet Programming Fundamentals 473
19 Downloading Files with the Internet Transfer Control 475
20 Displaying HTML Documents with Internet Explorer 493
21 Designing Dynamic HTML Pages for the Web 507
22 Adding Toolbox Elements and ActiveX Controls to DHTML Pages 529
Pt. 7 Advanced Database Programming 555
23 Managing Data with the FlexGrid Control 557
24 Exploring ActiveX Data Objects (ADO) 577
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 1999

    Dont buy this book

    This book is one of the most poorly written books I have ever read on VB.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2002

    Good for beginners

    I definately liked this book. Not a very in depth book though. One of it's good points is that it didn't have any errors that I found wich is common in alot of programming books. One of the failures is that he has the editor options set to where you don't have to declare variables. So, every once and a while you'll get lost looking for the variables. Option Explicit is best for beginners that way you at least know what the variables are. Dim People As String is much easier to comprehend than just People$ or Birds% or Pi#. Other than that the book was awesome. Just disappointed that he didn't use Option Explicit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2001

    A MUST book for VB 6.0 Beginners

    A great book which makes you feel that you've a personal tutor next to you. This books gives you utmost confidence about VB. It imparts light on all applications related to VB (brief but thorough). The language is simple and self-explanatory.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2001

    Great book

    I currently have 3 visual basic books, I bought this a while back, and used it as a reference for different techniques in visual basic. Out of all the books that I have read in programming. I found this to be one of the best. I have learned that you can not always find your answers in one book alone, so its best to buy a few of them. I recommend this book to be on your list.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2000

    Overrated but not useless

    I can't believe the high ratings. I must be a total moron. I tried teaching myself with this book with only minimum progress. I then bought the books by John Smiley. If you are a beginner, the Microsoft book will tell you what codes to use to make a program run, but does a poor job in explaining the logic of the commands you are using. John Smiley shows how VB should be taught. After I used his material, I then went back to the Microsoft book as a refresher. I also use it for reference. I was still confused in some areas until I did further research in other literature. There are commands that I still don't understand. I'm sure I'll find a good explanation in another manual. Microsoft's instructional material and any manuals pertaining to their software always require a firm understanding of terminology and are always choppy and confusing. I should have known better than to buy this book first.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2000

    A great book for learning Visual Basic.

    When I first got this book I didn't know anything about Visual Basic. By the time I was done I was making cool software. I recommend this be the first book you get if starting out Visual Basic. ~*~Gish~*~

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2000

    Recommended if your teaching yourself........

    I am a first time programmer reading this book. While it is very insightful, I still feel that it is lacking in getting some basic points across to me. Don't get me wrong though, I still highly recommend this book!! It's really is a great starting point and a fun book to learn from. All in all, I have learned great deal of usefull information.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2000

    Good Book, Good Samples

    A Good Begginners Book Great Examples

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2000

    Great book to start learning visual languages

    I find this book sufficient enough for those who wish to start programming using visual languages. Visual Basic is a nice language to start, however you need to complement it with a book that will guide you. This book gives you an experience of creating simple applications visually. However, do not expect to learn everything about visual basic by this book alone. You need to get another book, (probably from the same publisher) that will help you learn the 'tricks of trade'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2000

    Good Book but watch out

    This is a very well written book which helps you get to grips with Visual Basic from the start. Here come's the warning the CD in the book will NOT allow you to program in Visual Basic. It is just a disc full of examples and you need to have purchased this software prior to this . The only warning of this is on page 15 which I think is a rip off. Yet again all things a side still not a bad book and once you are up and running you will soon be turning out some decent programs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2000

    Best Book ever

    I have the book and it's the coolest! If I could give it more stars I would !

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