Visual Basic6 For Dummies

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Create your own custom Visual Basic programs fast for Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows NT!

If you want to develop business applications for Windows, then Microsoft's Visual Basic 6 programming environment is for you. With its powerful and friendly object-oriented interface, Visual Basic 6 is the ideal tool for creating easy-to-use and attractive interfaces of your own. Whether you want to build original programs from the ground up or take advantage of existing wizards, Visual...

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Overview

Create your own custom Visual Basic programs fast for Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows NT!

If you want to develop business applications for Windows, then Microsoft's Visual Basic 6 programming environment is for you. With its powerful and friendly object-oriented interface, Visual Basic 6 is the ideal tool for creating easy-to-use and attractive interfaces of your own. Whether you want to build original programs from the ground up or take advantage of existing wizards, Visual Basic 6 For Dummies will help you design and debug your work - and accomplish all your goals!

  • Covers using Visual Basic 6 with Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows NT
  • Walks you through the ins and outs of object-oriented programming in Visual Basic and using the Visual Basic toolset
  • Shows you how to make use of menus and submenus, write subprograms that everyone can share, save and retrieve information in databases, integrate ActiveX controls into your applications, and build attractive user interfaces with buttons, boxes, and scroll bars

From the fundamentals of writing BASIC code to the thrill of distributing your very own custom applications, Visual Basic 6 For Dummies brings a fresh perspective to programming in Visual Basic 6 that everyone can understand.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764503702
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/4/1998
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 504
  • Sales rank: 398,327
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Wallace Wang, a columnist for Boardwatch, has written more than a dozen computer books, including More Visual Basic For Windows For Dummies and Beginning Programming For Dummies.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

PART I: Creating a Visual Basic 6 Program.

Chapter 1: How Visual Basic Works.

Chapter 2: Using the Visual Basic User Interface.

Chapter 3: Designing Your First User Interface.

Chapter 4: Writing Basic Code.

PART II: Creating User Interfaces.

Chapter 5: User Interface Design 101.

Chapter 6: Forms and Buttons.

Chapter 7: Boxes and Buttons for Making Choices.

Chapter 8: Text Boxes for Typing and Showing Words.

Chapter 9: Scroll Bars and Labels.

Chapter 10: Pretty Pictures and Objects from Geometry.

PART III: Making Menus.

Chapter 11: Creating and Editing Pull-Down Menus.

Chapter 12: Submenus, Growing Menus, and Pop-Up Menus.

Chapter 13: Dialog Boxes.

PART IV: The Basics of Writing Code.

Chapter 14: Event Procedures.

Chapter 15: Using Variables.

Chapter 16: Responding to the User.

Chapter 17: Math 101: Arithmetic, Logical, and Comparison Operators.

Chapter 18: Strings and Things.

Chapter 19: Defining Constants and Using Comments.

Chapter 20: Killing Bugs.

PART V: Making Decisions (Something you Stop Doing When You Get Married).

Chapter 21: The If-Then and If-Then-Else Statements.

Chapter 22: The Select Case Statement.

PART VI: Getting Loopy.

Chapter 23: The Do While and Do-Loop While Loops.

Chapter 24: The Do Until and Do-Loop Until Loops.

Chapter 25: For Next Loops That Can Count.

Chapter 26: Nested Loops and Quick Exits.

PART VII: Writing Subprograms (So You Don't Go Crazy All at Once).

Chapter 27: General Procedures (Subprograms Tha Everyone Can Share).

Chapter 28: Passing Arguments.

Chapter 29: Functions, a Unique Type of Subprogram.

Chapter 30: Getting Some Class with Object-Oriented Programming.

Chapter 31: Managing Files.

PART VIII: Database Files and Printing.

Chapter 32: Creating Database Files.

Chapter 33: Using Files from Database Programs You'd Rather Not Use.

Chapter 34: Making Your Program Print Stuff.

PART IX: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 35: The Ten Visual Basic Topics That Didn't Fit Anywhere Else.

Appendix A: About the CD.

Index.

Hungry Minds End-User License Agreement.

Installation Instructions.

Book Registration Information.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2004

    Unusually Useless

    The first three sections of this book are spent explaining to you how to draw objects, most of which is more easily learned by experimentation. It glances at topics, but this book won't teach you Visual Basic. I recommend spending the $30 for this book on a more useful reference.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2003

    Great book for beginners

    This book is ONE OF THE BEST visual basic programming books out there. If you are completely new to programming or the BASIC language use and structure definately get this book. I recommend reading this book for the fundamentals and intro to basics and then step it up to Visual Basic (5 or 6) Programming Explorer by Peter Aitken. That is the method I used and I am now a very competent Visual Basic programmer. Feel free to e-mail me with any Visual Basic beginning questions about these books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2002

    um...i disagree

    I have read a lot of Visual Basic biginners books, and this one wasn't that bad. Admittedly there are better ones, but the Idiot's Guide is not one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2001

    Dissapointing

    I've read a few other begginers books for vb programming, and this one hits the bottom of the list. Maybe I'm spoiled, but I expect a programming guide book to actually give me useful examples of code. If you find yourself Tooo dissapointed, check out 'visual basic 6, Visual quick start guide' from peachpit press. Same user level, but with Good code snippets and examples that actually work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2001

    No, I don't think so!

    This book is very poorly written. It is so basic and refined that you can't even figure out what they are trying to convey to you. My Suggestion: Instead of this book, go out and get 'The Complete Idiot's Guide to Visual Basic 6'. There is a night and day difference, and that book is and awesome reference with lots of examples. And it covers a large number of topics from basic to more intermediate topics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2000

    Disappointed Dummies

    The book will start a topic about certain code aspects and then just drop it. Some of the key (and very important) code elements are not covered at all. Overall, a very disappointing book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 1999

    Verrry basic

    OK to get started as a beginner, but if you've ever done any programming frustration will soon set in. Wang spends the front half of the book showing you how to use VB's interface and design forms, but gives few clues as to the coding needed behind these features. It would seem to me that a better approach would be to integrate more functioning coding examples into the early text rather than bunching it all up in the last half of the book. If you're a real beginner it's probably for you. If you're like me and want to make it work sooner as an aid to learning, look elsewhere. I was also frustrated by the lack of a language reference showing syntax of functions etc.

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