Visual Basic in easy steps, 3rd edition

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By Mike McGrath

Publication: October 22, 2010
Pages: 192
ISBN: 978-1-84078-409-1

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About the book

Visual Basic In Easy Steps shows you how to quickly create Windows applications using the latest Visual Basic 2010 programming environment. It provides code examples, screenshots, and step-by-step instructions that illustrate each aspect of Visual Basic.

Visual Basic In Easy Steps begins by describing the installation process then introduces form controls, application properties, the programming language, and problem-solving techniques. It illustrates, by example, how to build and deploy a complete Windows application. It also explores scripting with Visual Basic to create macros for Microsoft Office and exciting dynamic web pages for Internet Explorer. The book demonstrates how to incorporate external data into your applications from text files, Excel spreadsheets, XML documents, live RSS web feeds, and SQL databases. You need have no previous knowledge of any programming language so it's ideal if you're a newcomer to Windows programming. Each chapter builds your knowledge of Visual Basic. By the end of this book you will have gained a sound understanding of Visual Basic programming and be able to create your own interactive applications.

Visual Basic In Easy Steps has an easy-to-follow style that will appeal to anyone who wants to begin Windows programming. It will appeal to programmers who want to quickly learn the latest Visual Basic techniques, and to the student who is studying computing at school or college, and to those seeking a career in Information Technology who need a thorough understanding of Visual Basic programming.


About the author

Mike McGrath now lives in South-east Europe, on the sun-kissed shores of the Aegean Sea. Mike gained his extensive knowledge of computer languages while working as a developer contracting to companies around the world. His interests include coins of ancient Greece, dining-out with friends, and the ongoing evolution of the world wide web.



  1. Getting Started
  2. Setting Properties
  3. Using Controls
  4. Learning the Language
  5. Building an Application
  6. Solving Problems
  7. Extending the Interface
  8. Scripting with Visual Basic
  9. Harnessing Data
  10. Employing Databases


Get started with Visual Basic for free! 

Click on the links below for free PDFs to get you started while you wait for your book to arrive:

What is Visual Basic?

How to install Visual Basic

Exploring the Visual Basic Integrated Development Environment (IDE)

How to start a new project in Visual Basic

How to add a visual control in Visual Basic

How to add functional code in Visual Basic

How to save projects in Visual Basic

How to reopen projects in Visual Basic



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