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STARTING OUT WITH VISUAL BASIC 6

by Tony Gaddis
(Haywood Community College)

Author's Web Site

This text teaches Visual Basic 6 from the ground up, and assumes no prior background in programming.

Features

No detail overlooked. As with all Gaddis texts, this book explains details that others overlook. For example, most texts don't go this far in explaining the difference between modal and modeless forms.

Pedagogy

  • Tutorials: Each chapter has several hands-on tutorials that reinforce the chapter's topics.
  • Concept statements: A concept statement that briefly and succinctly states the key concept being presented introduces each major section.
  • Notes appear frequently throughout the text. They are short explanations of interesting or often misunderstood points relevant to the topic at hand.
  • Tips appear regularly that advise the student on the best techniques for approaching different programming problems.
  • Checkpoints: These are questions designed to quickly test a student's understanding of a recent topic. They are placed at intervals throughout each chapter. An appendix gives the correct answer for each checkpoint, so students may gauge their own progress.
  • Warnings are notes that caution the student about certain features, programming techniques, or practices that can lead to hard-to-find errors, malfunctioning programs or loss of data.
  • If You Want to Know More sections. Theses sections go into greater detail about VB features. Since they are easily identifiable, you can pick the ones you want to use in your class, and the ones you want to skip.
Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to Programming and Visual Basic
1.1 Introduction
1.2 Computer Systems: Hardware and Software
1.3 Programs and Programming Languages
1.4 More About Controls and Programming
1.5 The Programming Process
1.6 The VB Environment

Chapter 2: Creating Applications with Visual Basic
2.1 Introduction
2.2 Focus on Problem Solving: Building the Hotel Directions Application
2.3 Focus on Problem Solving: Responding to Events
2.4 Modifying the Caption Property with Code
2.5 Working with the AutoSize, BorderStyle, and Alignment Properties
2.6 Clickable Images
2.7 Using Visual Basic Help
2.8 Debugging Your Application

Chapter 3: Input, Variables, Constants, and Calculations
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Gathering Text Input
3.3 Variables
3.4 Performing Calculations and Working with Numbers
3.5 Focus on Program Design and Problem Solving:
Building the Room Charge Calculator Application
3.6 Module-Level Variables
3.7 More About Debugging: Locating Logic Errors

Chapter 4: Making Decisions
4.1 Introduction
4.2 The Decision Structure
4.3 The If…Then Statement
4.4 The If…Then…Else Statement
4.5 The If…Then…ElseIf Statement
4.6 Nested If Statements
4.7 Logical Operators
4.8 Comparing, Testing, and Working with Strings
4.9 Focus on GUI Design: The Message Box
4.10 The Select Case Statement
4.11 Focus on GUI Design: Option Buttons and Check Boxes
4.12 Focus on Program Design and Problem Solving:
Building the Health Club Membership Application

Chapter 5: Loops, Control Arrays, and Validation
5.1 Introduction
5.2 The Print and Cls Methods, and Input Boxes
5.3 Introduction to Loops: The Do While Loop
5.4 The Do Until and For...Next Loops
5.5 Nested Loops
5.6 Focus on GUI Design: Control Arrays
5.7 Input Validation
5.8 Focus on Program Design and Problem Solving:
Building the Vehicle Loan Calculator Application

Chapter 6: Procedures and Functions
6.1 Introduction
6.2 General Procedures
6.3 Passing Values to a Procedure
6.4 Function Procedures
6.5 More About Debugging: Stepping Into and Stepping Over Procedures and Functions
6.6 Focus on Program Design and Problem Solving:
Building the Bagel and Coffee Price Calculator Application

Chapter 7: Lists, Multiple Forms, Standard Modules, and Menus
7.1 Introduction
7.2 List Boxes and Combo Boxes
7.3 Multiple Forms
7.4 Standard Modules
7.5 Menus
7.6 Focus on Problem Solving:
Building the High Adventure Travel Agency Price Quote Application

Chapter 8: Variable Arrays
8.1 Introduction
8.2 Variable Arrays
8.3 More About Array Processing
8.4 Multidimensional Arrays
8.5 Focus on GUI Design: The Enabled Property, the Timer Control, and Splash Screens
8.6 Random Numbers
8.7 Focus on Problem Solving: Building the Demetris Leadership Center Application

Chapter 9: Files, Error Handling, User-Defined Data Types, and the Printer Object
9.1 Introduction
9.2 Using Files
9.3 Error-Handling
9.4 User-Defined Data Types
9.5 The Printer Object
9.6 The Common Dialog Control
9.7 Focus on Problem Solving: Modifying the Demetris Leadership Center Application

Chapter 10: Working with Databases
10.1 Introduction
10.2 What Is a Database?
10.3 Focus on Problem Solving: The Sounds Incredible Music Store CD Inventory Application
10.4 The ActiveX Data Object (ADO) Data Control
10.5 Working with Databases in Code

Chapter 11: Advanced Database Programming and SQL
11.1 Introduction
11.2 Using SQL
11.3 Using SQL with the ADO Data Control
11.4 Using the Data Grid Control with ADO
11.5 Focus on Problem Solving:
Enhancing the Sounds Incredible Music Store CD Inventory Application
11.6 Realizing the Power of SQL: Good Database Design

Chapter 12: Classes and Collections
12.1 Introduction
12.2 Classes and Objects
12.3 Class Modules
12.4 Collections
12.5 Focus on Problem Solving: Creating the Student Collection Class
12.6 The Object Browser
12.7 Focus on GUI Design: Scroll Bars

Chapter 13: Advanced Topics
13.1 Introduction
13.2 Creating ActiveX Controls
13.3 Sharing Text with the Clipboard
13.4 Drag and Drop
13.5 Object Linking and Embedding (OLE)
13.6 Graphics

Appendix A: The Supported ASCII Character Set
Appendix B: User Interface Design Guidelines
Appendix C: Visual Basic Intrinsic Function Reference
Appendix D: Converting Mathematical Expressions to Programming Statements
Appendix E: Random-Access Files
Appendix F: Trappable Run-Time Errors
Appendix G: Answers to Checkpoints
Appendix H: Answers to Checkpoints
Appendix I: Answers to Odd-Numbered Review Questions
Appendix J: Glossary
Index


Student Materials
Will include Microsoft VB Working Model with text. Source Code disk

Instructor Materials
The instructor's web site, which is password protected, contains PowerPoint slides, solutions to programming assignments, and a test bank. The example source code (as included on the student disk) is not posted. Instructor Disk contains Solutions.


910 pages
ISBN 157676-085-5

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