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Table of Contents Introduction Part I: The Visual Basic 2008 Environment Hour 1 Jumping in with Both Feet: A Visual Basic 2008 Programming Tour xx Hour 2 Navigating Visual Basic 2008 xx Hour 3 Understanding Objects and Collections xx Hour 4 Understanding Events xx Part II: Building a User Interface Hour 5 Building Forms: The Basics xx Hour 6 Building Forms: Advanced Techniques xxx Hour 7 Working with Traditional Controls xxx Hour 8 Using Advanced Controls xxx Hour 9 Adding Menus and Toolbars to Forms xxx Part III: Making Things Happen: Programming Hour 10 Creating and Calling Code Procedures xxx Hour 11 Using Constants, Data Types, Variables, and Arrays xxx Hour 12 Performing Arithmetic, String Manipulation, and Date/Time Adjustments xxx Hour 13 Making Decisions in Visual Basic Code xxx Hour 14 Looping for Efficiency xxx Hour 15 Debugging Your Code xxx Hour 16 Designing Objects Using Classes xxx Hour 17 Interacting with Users xxx Part IV: Working with Data Hour 18 Working with Graphics xxx Hour 19 Performing File Operations xxx Hour 20 Working with Text Files and the Registry xxx Hour 21 Working with a Database xxx Hour 22 Controlling Other Applications Using Automation xxx Part V: Deploying Solutions and Beyond Hour 23 Deploying Applications xxx Hour 24 The 10,000-Foot View xxx Index (c)About the Author James Foxall is vice president of Tigerpaw Software, Inc. (www.tigerpawsoftware.com), a Bellevue, Nebraska, Microsoft Certified Partner specializing in commercial database applications. He manages the development, support, training, and education of Tigerpaw CRM+, an award- winning CRM product designed to automate contact management, marketing, service and repair, proposal generation, inventory control, and purchasing. At the start of 2008, the current release of Tigerpaw CRM+ had more than 16,000 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, in both single-programmer and multiple-programmer environments. 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). He is a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer and an international speaker on Microsoft Visual Basic. When not programming or writing about programming, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing guitar, listening to amazing bands like Pink Floyd and OSI, and playing computer games. You can reach him at www.jamesfoxall.com/forums. ***End About the Author*** ***Begin Dedication/Acknowledgments page*** (c)Dedication This book is dedicated to my parents, Dave and Linda, for all the wonderful opportunities they presented to me. (c)Acknowledgments I would like to thank Neil for being so wonderful to work with (as always), as well as Anne, Gayle, Todd, Mark, Gina, Erika, and the rest of the team at Sams Publishing for their hard work and patience. I would also like to thank all the readers of the previous editions who provided feedback to make this book even better! ***Begin Tell Us What You Think page*** (c)We Want to Hear from You! As the reader of this book, you are our most important critic and commentator. We value your opinion, and we want to know what we?re doing right, what we could do better, what areas you?d like to see us publish in, and any other words of wisdom you?re willing to pass our way. You can email or write me directly to let me know what you did or didn?t like about this book[md]as well as what we can do to make our books stronger. Please note that I cannot help you with technical problems related to the topic of this book, and that due to the high volume of mail I receive, I might not be able to reply to every message. When you write, please be sure to include this book?s title and author as well as your name and phone number or email address. I will carefully review your comments and share them with the author and editors who worked on the book. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mail: Neil Rowe Executive Editor Sams Publishing 800 East 96th Street Indianapolis, IN 46240 USA (c)Reader Services Visit our website and register this book at www.informit.com/title/9780672329845 for convenient access to any updates, downloads, or errata that might be available for this book. ***end front matter***
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Microsoft Visual BASIC.
BASIC (Computer program language).