Visual Basic 6 for Windows: Visual QuickStart Guide

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Visual Basic's popularity is due to its dual nature: It's relatively easy for aspiring programmers to learn, yet powerful enough for professional application developers. Visual Basic 6: Visual QuickStart Guide, like VB itself, will appeal to both camps. It's so accessible that novices will be up and programming in no time, while more seasoned programmers will find it a helpful quick reference to important tasks.

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Overview

Visual Basic's popularity is due to its dual nature: It's relatively easy for aspiring programmers to learn, yet powerful enough for professional application developers. Visual Basic 6: Visual QuickStart Guide, like VB itself, will appeal to both camps. It's so accessible that novices will be up and programming in no time, while more seasoned programmers will find it a helpful quick reference to important tasks.

Of the many VB books on the market, few address the beginner. Visual Basic 6: VQS assumes absolutely no programming experience, but instead relies on the time-tested Visual QuickStart teaching method. Screenshots, sample code, and concise, step-by-step instructions guide you through a carefully selected series of examples designed to get you programming right from chapter one. And once you've mastered the basics, you can use the clearly tabbed format to refer to topics you need to brush up on.

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A guide to Visual Basic for those with no programming experience, featuring step-by-step instructions combined with explanatory screenshots and sample projects. Chapters are organized around specific tasks. Readers can use source code from the book and from a Web site. Also useful as a reference for experienced programmers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780201353839
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press
  • Publication date: 11/17/1999
  • Series: Visual QuickStart Guide Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.95 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Harold Davis is a software developer who specializes in the Web and e-commerce. He is the author of many books on programming and software development. Harold holds a B.A. Degree in computer science and mathematics from New York University and a J.D. degree from Rutgers Law School. He lives in Berkeley, California with his wife, Phyllis, and son, Julian.

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Table of Contents

1. Projects, Forms, and Command Buttons.

Starting a New Project. Setting Form Properties. Running a Project. Adding a Button. Adding Code to the Click Event.

2. Message Boxes and If Statements. . Message Boxes. Frames. Labels and TextBoxes. Option Buttons. If Statements. Wiring the Form. Evaluating the Response.

3. Forms and Modules.

Form Properties. BackColor and ForeColor Properties. BorderStyle Property. Font Property. Height and Width Properties. Icon and Picture Properties. Window Appearance Properties. StartUpPosition Property.

4. The Form Life Cycle: Events.

Creating Form Events. Using the Immediate Pane. Using the Form Load Event. Unloading a Form.

5. Working with Forms and Modules.

Using Code Modules. Opening and Closing Forms. Navigating Between Forms. Positioning Forms. Drawing on Forms. MDI Applications.

6. Controls: Designing the Form.

What Is a Control?. A Learning Edition Controls Project. Adding and Removing Controls. Image Control. Shape Control. Line Control.

7. Controls that Accept User Input.

Checkboxes. Option Buttons. Option Button Arrays. List Boxes. Combo Boxes.

8. Status Bars, Toolbars, and Tabbed Dialogs.

Property Pages. Status Bars. Toolbars. Tab Controls.

9. The Common Dialog Control.

The Common Dialog Control. The Color Dialog. The Font Dialog. The Save Dialog. The Open Dialog.

10. The OLE Container Control.

Inserting Objects. Using the Paste Special Dialog.

11. The Timer Control.

Understanding a Timer. Creating Simple Animation. Using a Subroutine. Turning the Timer On. Setting the Interval. Trapping Errors.

12. Visual Basic Add-Ins.

Using the Add-In Manager. Starting Add-Ins. Using the Resource Editor. Using the Template Manager.

13. The Visual Basic.

Application Wizard. Running the Wizard. Running the Application. Modifying the Application.

14. Menus.

Adding Menus. Menu Items. Dynamic Menu Items. Pop-Up Menus.

15. Databases.

Using the Data Control. Binding Controls. Using the Visual Data Manager.

16. Compiling and Distributing Programs.

Compilation. Packaging. Deployment.

Appendix A. Getting Help.

Using Web Resources.

Appendix B. Visual Basic Variable Types

Appendix C. Operators, Keywords, and Commands.

Operators. Keywords and Commands.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2001

    Great book for learning Visual Basic

    I found this book to be extremely helpful as a novice in the world of Visual Basic. Mr. Davis's use of graphics took a great deal of the guess work away and demonstrated what the forms and properties should look like. This is a great book for beginners. His explanations are clear and concise. The source code downloads were excellent and allowed the user to compare their projects and judge progress. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to know more about Visual Basic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2001

    Harold Davis Visual Basic For Windows

    Excellent book for a beginner. It is explained well with clear images and text, a good step by step guide, Brilliant!!!

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