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Microsoft Visual Basic .NET Deluxe Learning Edition--Version 2003 (includes 3cds)

by: Microsoft Corporation

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Publisher: MICROSOFT PRESS,Apr-2003

Category: VB.NET Level: I/A

ISBN: 0735619069
ISBN13: 9780735619067

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About the Book


  Step-by-step instruction--plus Visual Basic .NET 2003 Standard software--all in one box!


  Everything you need to start developing powerful applications and services for Microsoft .NET is right here in a single, economical package. This DELUXE LEARNING EDITION contains Visual Basic .NET Version 2003 Standard software, along with Microsoft's popular Step by Step tutorial. Work at your own pace through the book's easy-to-follow lessons and hands-on exercises. And then apply your new expertise to full Visual Basic .NET software--not a simulation or trial version. It's the ideal combination of tools and tutelage for Visual Basic .NET Version 2003.


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Table of Contents

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          Acknowledgments xi


      Introduction xiii

PART 1

GETTING STARTED WITH MICROSOFT VISUAL BASIC .NET 2003

CHAPTER 1

Opening and Running a Visual Basic .NET 2003 Program 3


      The Visual Studio .NET Development Environment

5


      The Visual Studio .NET Tools

10


              The Windows Forms Designer

12


              Running a Visual Basic Program

14


      The Properties Window

16


      Moving and Resizing the Programming Tools

20


              Moving and Resizing Tool Windows in Visual Studio

21


              Docking a Tool in Visual Studio

23


              Hiding a Tool in Visual Studio

25


      Getting Help

27


      One Step Further: Exiting Visual Studio .NET

30

CHAPTER 2

Writing Your First Program

33


      Lucky Seven: Your First Visual Basic .NET Program

34


      Programming Steps

35


      Creating the User Interface

35


      Setting the Properties

42


              The Picture Box Properties

47


      Writing the Code

49


              A Look at the Button1--Click Procedure

54


      Running Visual Basic .NET Applications

56


      Building an Executable File

58


      One Step Further: Adding to a Program

60

CHAPTER 3

Working with Toolbox Controls

63


      The Basic Use of Controls: The 'Hello World' Program

64


      Using the DateTimePicker Control

70


              The Birthday Program

70


      Controls for Gathering Input

77


              The Input Controls Demo

80


              Looking at the Input Controls Program Code

83


      Using the LinkLabel Control

86


      One Step Further: Installing ActiveX Controls

91


              The Microsoft Chart Control

91

CHAPTER 4

Working with Menus and Dialog Boxes

95


      Adding Menus Using the MainMenu Control

96


      Adding Access Keys to Menu Commands

98


      Processing Menu Choices

101


      Using Dialog Box Controls

106


              Changing the Object Names for Items on the File Menu

109


              Disabling a Menu Command

110


      Event Procedures That Manage Common Dialog Boxes

111


      One Step Further: Assigning Shortcut Keys to Menus

118

PART 2

PROGRAMMING FUNDAMENTALS

CHAPTER 5

Visual Basic .NET Variables and Operators

125


      The Anatomy of a Visual Basic Program Statement

127


      Using Variables to Store Information

127


              Setting Aside Space for Variables: The Dim Statement

128


      Using Variables in a Program

129


      Using a Variable to Store Input

133


      Using a Variable for Output

136


      Working with Specific Data Types

138


              Constants: Variables That Don't Change

144


      Working with Visual Basic Operators

146


              Basic Math: The +, -, *, and / Operators

146


              Using Advanced Operators: \, Mod, ^, and & 150


      Working with Math Methods in the .NET Framework

155


      Operator Precedence

157


      One Step Further: Using Parentheses in a Formula

158

CHAPTER 6

Using Decision Structures

161


      Event-Driven Programming

162


      Using Conditional Expressions

164


      If--Then Decision Structures

165


              Testing Several Conditions in an If...Then Decision Structure

165


              Using Logical Operators in Conditional Expressions

170


              Short-Circuiting by Using AndAlso and OrElse

172


      Select Case Decision Structures

174


              Using Comparison Operators with a Select Case Structure

176


      One Step Further: Detecting Mouse Events

180

CHAPTER 7

Using Loops and Timers

185


      Writing For--Next Loops

186


              Displaying a Counter Variable in a TextBox Control

187


              Creating Complex For--Next Loops

190


              Opening Files Using a Counter That Has Greater Scope

193


      Writing Do Loops

196


              Avoiding an Endless Loop

197


      The Timer Control

201


              Creating a Digital Clock Using a Timer Control

201


      One Step Further: Using a Timer Object to Set a Time Limit

204

CHAPTER 8

Debugging Visual Basic .NET Programs

209


      Finding and Correcting Errors

210


              Three Types of Errors

210


              Identifying Logic Errors

212


      Debugging 101: Using Break Mode

212


      Tracking Variables by Using a Watch Window

218


      Using the Command Window

220


              Switching to Command Mode in the Command Window

222


      One Step Further: Removing Breakpoints

223

CHAPTER 9

Trapping Errors Using Structured Error Handling

225


      Processing Errors Using Try...Catch

226


              When to Use Error Handlers

227


              Setting the Trap: The Try...Catch Statement

228


              Path and Disk Drive Errors

228


      Writing a Disk Drive Error Handler

231


              Using the Finally Clause to Perform Cleanup Tasks

232


      More Complex Try...Catch Error Handlers

234


              The Err Object

234


              Specifying a Retry Period

238


              Using Nested Try...Catch Blocks

241


      Comparing Error Handlers with Defensive Programming Techniques

241


      One Step Further: The Exit Try Statement

242

PART 3

MANAGING CORPORATE DATA

CHAPTER 10

Using Modules and Procedures

249


      Working with Standard Modules

251


              Creating a Standard Module

251


      Working with Public Variables

254


      Creating Procedures

259


      Writing Function Procedures

260


              Function Syntax

260


              Calling a Function Procedure

262


              Using a Function to Perform a Calculation

262


      Writing Sub Procedures

266


              Sub Procedure Syntax

266


              Calling a Sub Procedure

267


              Using a Sub Procedure to Manage Input

268


      One Step Further: Passing Arguments by Value and by Reference

273


              Which to Use: ByVal or ByRef?

274

CHAPTER 11

Using Arrays and Collections to Manage Data

277


      Working with Arrays of Variables

278


              Creating an Array

279


              Declaring a Fixed-Size Array

280


              Working with Array Elements

281


              Creating a Fixed-Size Array to Hold Temperatures

282


              Creating a Dynamic Array

286


      Preserving Array Contents by Using ReDim Preserve

289


      Working with Object Collections

291


              Referencing Objects in a Collection

292


              Writing For Each...Next Loops

292


              Experimenting with Objects in the Controls Collection

293


              Using the Name Property in a For Each...Next Loop

296


      Creating Your Own Collections

298


      One Step Further: Visual Basic for Applications Collections

302

CHAPTER 12

Exploring Text Files and String Processing 307


      Displaying Text Files by Using a Text Box Object 308


              Opening a Text File for Input 309


              The FileOpen Function 309


      Creating a New Text File on Disk 315


      Processing Text Strings with Program Code 319


              Processing Strings by Using Methods and Keywords 319


              Sorting Text 321


              Working with ASCII Codes 322


              Sorting Strings in a Text Box 323


      Protecting Text with Encryption 329


      One Step Further: Using the Xor Operator 333


              Examining the Encryption Code 335

CHAPTER 13

Automating Microsoft Office Applications and Managing Processes 341


      Programming Application Objects by Using Automation 342


              Using Automation in Visual Basic 343


              The Visual Studio Object Browser 344


      Automating Excel from Visual Basic 348


      One Step Further: Starting and Stopping Windows Applications by Using the Process Component 356

CHAPTER 14

Deploying Visual Basic .NET Applications 361


      Planning a Deployment 362


              Different Ways to Deploy an Application 364


      Creating a Deployment Project 365


      Customizing Your Deployment Options 375


      Building a Deployment Project and Testing Setup 381


      One Step Further: Examining Setup Files and Uninstalling 386

PART 4

ADVANCED USER INTERFACE DESIGN

CHAPTER 15

Managing Windows Forms

393


      Adding New Forms to a Program 394


              How Forms Are Used 395


      Working with Multiple Forms 396


      Positioning Forms on the Windows Desktop 403


              Minimizing, Maximizing, and Restoring Windows 408


      Adding Controls to a Form at Runtime 409


      Organizing Controls on a Form 412


      One Step Further: Specifying the Startup Object 415

CHAPTER 16

Adding Graphics and Animation Effects

421


      Adding Artwork by Using the System.Drawing Namespace

422


              Using a Form's Coordinate System

423


              The System.Drawing.Graphics Class

424


              Using the Form's Paint Event

425


      Adding Animation to Your Programs

427


              Moving Objects on the Form

428


              The Location Property

429


              Creating Animation by Using a Timer Object

430


      Expanding and Shrinking Objects While a Program Is Running

434


      One Step Further: Changing Form Transparency

436

CHAPTER 17

Inheriting Forms and Creating Base Classes

439


      Inheriting a Form by Using the Inheritance Picker

440


      Creating Your Own Base Classes

445


              Adding a New Class to Your Project

446


      One Step Further: Inheriting a Base Class

453

CHAPTER 18

Working with Printers

459


      Using the PrintDocument Class

460


              Printing Text from a Text Box Object

465


      Printing Multipage Text Files

469


      One Step Further: Adding Print Preview and Page Setup Dialog Boxes

476

PART 5

DATABASE PROGRAMMING

CHAPTER 19

Getting Started with ADO.NET

487


      Database Programming with ADO.NET

488


              Database Terminology

489


              Working with an Access Database

490


              Creating a Data Adapter

494


              Working with Datasets

499


      Using Bound Controls to Display Database Information on a Form

501


      Creating Navigation Controls

505


      One Step Further: Displaying the Current Record Position

509

CHAPTER 20

Data Presentation Using the DataGrid Control

513


      Using DataGrid to Display Database Records

514


      Formatting DataGrid Cells

523


      One Step Further: Updating the Original Database

525

PART 6

INTERNET PROGRAMMING

CHAPTER 21

Displaying HTML Documents Using Internet Explorer

531


      Getting Started with the Internet Explorer Object

532


              Adding the Microsoft Internet Controls Reference to Your Application

533


              Investigating the Internet Explorer Object Model

534


      Displaying HTML Documents

537


      One Step Further: Responding to Internet Explorer Events

541

CHAPTER 22

Using Web Forms to Build Interactive Web Applications

545


      Inside ASP.NET

546


              Web Forms vs. Windows Forms

547


              HTML Controls

548


              Web Forms Controls

549


      Getting Started with a Web Application

550


              Installing the Software for ASP.NET Programming

550


      Using the Web Forms Designer

556


      Adding Web Forms Controls to a Web Application

559


              Writing Event Procedures for Web Forms Controls

561


      One Step Further: Creating a Link to Another Web Page

565

PART 7

APPENDIXES

APPENDIX A

Upgrading Visual Basic 6 Programs to Visual Basic .NET 2003 573


      Assessing Visual Basic 6 Programs for Compatibility 574


              Problematic Issues 575


              Internet Resources for Migration 576


              Upgrade Steps 577


      Running the Visual Basic Upgrade Wizard 577

APPENDIX B


Where to Go for More Information 587


      Visual Basic .NET Web Sites 587


              http://msdn.microsoft.com/vbasic/

588


              http://www.devx.com/

588


              http://www.microsoft.com/mspress/

588


              http://www.microsoft.com/traincert/

588


              http://communities2.microsoft.com/home/

589


      Books for Visual Basic .NET Programming 589


              Visual Basic .NET Programming 589


              Web Programming with ASP .NET 590


              Database Programming with ADO.NET 590


              Visual Basic for Applications Programming 590

UPGRADING INDEX 591

INDEX 597