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Courses - Microsoft Visual Basic 103
Description: Using Microsoft Visual Basic
Running Time: 72 minutes
Pre-Requisites: Visual Basic 102 strongly recommended
Versions: We use Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0, but lessons are valid for most earlier versions of VB, including 4 and 5. If you have VB.NET or VB 2005, the Visual Basic code we use is similar, but the programming interface has changed. These VB courses do NOT cover VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) which is what you need for Microsoft Office programming. For VBA, see the individual Office applications (Word, Excel, Access, etc.) Click here for more information on VB.NET courses.

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Notice: this course covers the older Visual Basic 6.0 programming application. Microsoft no longer sells VB6. If you want to learn VB6, you'll have to find a used copy somewhere like eBay or Craigslist. We will be updating this course for use with Visual Basic 2013 soon. If you've purchased this course within the last year, you'll get a free upgrade when it's released.

This course picks up where VB102 left off. We will begin by talking about Events and Properties, such as GotFocus, LostFocus, ForeColor, BackColor, and FontBold. We'll look at the Object Browser, color constants (such as vbRed, vbBlue, etc.) and how to get any color into your objects.

In this example, the Last Name field changes
color using the GotFocus event as the user
tabs to it, or clicks on it.

Next we'll learn about the different variable types, such as Date, Integer, Single, and so on. We'll learn about valid variable names and naming conventions. We'll learn how to Dim variables, and the difference between public and private variables. We'll learn how to find the length of a string with the Len function. And, we'll learn about the Option Explicit keyword and what it does.

In this example, we add up the length of the
First Name and Last Name boxes with LEN function

Next we'll learn about a powerful programming technique called the Select Case statement which can be used to eliminate huge blocks of If/Then code.


We'll use the Select Case to create a Student Test Score application where we'll figure a student's average and letter grade based on his test scores.


Next we'll learn about the Form Load event, the Form Resize Event, and see how different properties such as the Caption, Width, and Height of a form can be changed at runtime. We'll make a button so the user can resize a form.

In this example, when the user clicks the resize button
the form opens up. Notice the pink label also resizes!


Next we'll learn about the Border Style and Startup Position properties. This will allow us to change the way our forms look on the screen, and where they first pop up when the program loads. I'll show you how to manually place your form on the screen where you want it to start.

The Form Layout Window allows you to manually
position your forms anywhere on the screen.


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Student Interaction: Visual Basic 103

Richard on 1/1/2008:  VB103 covers events & properties, variables, select case, resizing forms with code, BorderStyle, StartupPosition, Len, option explicit, and much more.
Robert M. Lilly on 2/18/2008: Hi Richard:
How do I download the Project and forms that you created in each of VB lessons?
When I started taking your lessons I found it very difficult to emulate your instructions, with one monitor. I had and old monitor that I had keep as a spare. I installed it on my system (Windows SP Professional) as a second monitor. Now I view your courses on it and constructed your programs on the other. Thought you might want to pass this on to your students. It sure makes it easy to work along with your instructions and displays.
Bob Lilly
You remember, the old guy who buys all your courses!

Richard Rost on 2/28/2008: Hi there Bob! All of the VB project files from class have been moved to Enjoy!
Karl Peters on 4/17/2009: Just something i've noticed, programming has a "symbolic logic" to it. Perhaps a good prerequisite to programming could be a minor symbolic logic class just to get a future programming student in the groove so to speak on thinking in logic terms? (But then again, this is all kinda new to me except for failed attemtps in the past to learn programming on my own) So a symbolic logic course is probably a lame idea LOL
Harry Corbello on 1/25/2011: How do I move the properties window from the top to the right side?

Reply from Richard Rost:

You should just be able to click and drag to move the different panes and windows around the screen. I usually leave the properties window "docked" to the right side.

Charles Brumagem on 1/25/2011: 1) can I put a case statment with in a case statemen?

Reply from Richard Rost:

Sure can.

Select Case LastName
Case "Smith"
Select Case FirstName
Case "Joe"
MsgBox "Hi Joe Smith"
Case "Ed"
MsgBox "Hi Ed Smith"
End Select
End Select

Philausifur on 1/27/2011: The book Logic for Dummies coverers logic exaustively, It gets sophiticated. Simple logic is much easier. You might try wikapedia.
Harry Corbello on 1/30/2011: time 17:48, I am using visual Badic 5. When I clicked run then the msgbox read 0. when I typed in smith, then nothing happened. How did you get the new Len numbe to come up?
I appolgize for the flaky form I submited this question the first time.

Harry Corbello on 2/1/2011: I am using VB 5. When I enter the LastName, after the program is running, then nothing happens.
How is this explained.

Reply from Richard Rost:

Harry, I would have to see your program to tell you for sure. Honestly, I've NEVER used VB 5, although I know it has a LOT of bugs and other problems. I jumped right from VB 4 to VB 6.

ROSYAIMI on 4/21/2011: what a great affect...!!thank a lots, i wish and you don't mind to see your video clips on this topic.....pls

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