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Sams Teach Yourself Visual Basic 2012 in 24 Hours, Complete Starter Kit (Sams Teach Yourself -- Hours)by James Foxall
Synopses & Reviews
In just 24 sessions of one hour or less, you’ll learn how to build complete, reliable, and modern applications with Visual Basic 2012. Using this book’s straightforward, step-by-step approach, you’ll master the entire process, from navigating VB 2012 to deploying finished solutions. You’ll learn how to write efficient object-oriented code; build superior user interfaces; work with graphics, text, and databases; and even control external applications. Each lesson builds on what you’ve already learned, giving you a strong, practical foundation for success!
Step-by-step instructions carefully walk you through the most common Visual Basic 2012 tasks.
Quizzes and Exercises at the end of each chapter help you test your knowledge.
By the Way notes present interesting information related to the discussion.
Did You Know? tips offer advice or show you easier ways to perform tasks.
Watch Out! cautions alert you to possible problems and give you advice on how to avoid them.
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Visual Basic is one of the most widely used programming languages in existence, with more than 3,000,000 users. The upcoming version, currently code-named "11", includes several important new features, including support for programming for Windows 8. The proven Sams Teach Yourself method will help all newcomers to Visual Basic "11" get up to speed quickly, no matter whether they've had experience with previous versions of Visual Basic or not. Readers are taken step by step through the process of software development, learning elements as they build a sample application so that the material is framed in a real world approach. Each lesson builds on the material learned in the previous lesson, so that the reader learns in a natural progression that facilitates mastering the language. The accompanying DVD contains Visual Basic Express Edition, and the companion Web site contains all the code and exercises from the book.
About the Author
James Foxall is president of Tigerpaw Software, Inc. (www.tigerpawsoftware.com), a Bellevue, Nebraska, Microsoft Certified Partner specializing in software solutions for technology providers. Tigerpaw’s award-winning business automation solution is designed to automate contact management, marketing, service and repair, proposal generation, inventory control, and purchasing. At the start of 2012, the current release of Tigerpaw had more than 35,000 licensed users. Foxall’s experience in creating certified Office-compatible software has made him an authority on application interface and behavior standards of applications for the Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office environments.
Foxall has been writing commercial production Visual Basic code for more than 14 years. He’s the author of numerous books, including Practical Standards for Microsoft Visual Basic and MCSD in a Nutshell: The Visual Basic Exams. He also has written articles for Access-Office-VBA Advisor and Visual Basic Programmer’s Journal. Foxall has a bachelor’s degree in management of information systems (MIS) and a master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA). He is a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer and an international speaker on programming technologies as well as business process improvements. James enjoys spending time with his family, playing guitar, listening to amazing bands, and playing computer games. You can reach him at www.jamesfoxall.com.
Table of Contents
PART I: The Visual Basic 2012 Environment
Hour 1: Jumping in with Both Feet: A Visual Basic 2012 Programming Tour
Hour 2: Navigating Visual Basic 2012
Hour 3: Understanding Objects and Collections
Hour 4: Understanding Events
PART II: Building a User Interface
Hour 5: Building Forms: The Basics
Hour 6: Building Forms: Advanced Techniques
Hour 7: Working with Traditional Controls
Hour 8: Using Advanced Controls
Hour 9: Adding Menus and Toolbars to Forms
PART III: Making Things Happen—Programming
Hour 10: Creating and Calling Code Procedures
Hour 11: Using Constants, Data Types, Variables, and Arrays
Hour 12: Performing Arithmetic, String Manipulation, and Date/Time Adjustments
Hour 13: Making Decisions in Visual Basic Code
Hour 14: Looping for Efficiency
Hour 15: Debugging Your Code
Hour 16: Designing Objects Using Classes
Hour 17: Interacting with Users
Hour 18: Printing
PART IV: Working with Data
Hour 19: Performing File Operations
Hour 20: Working with the Registry and Text Files
Hour 21: Working with a Database
Hour 22: Controlling Other Applications Using Automation
PART V: Deploying Solutions and Beyond
Hour 23: Deploying Applications
Hour 24: The 10,000-Foot View
Bonus Hour 25: Working with Graphics
Bonus Hour 26: Creating User Controls
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