Advanced Visual Basic 6.0 Training


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This advanced Visual Basic 6.0 training course introduces you to objects, then explores the latest in Microsoft data access technology: ActiveX Data Objects (ADO) and OLE DB, so that your applications connect to server data and perform optimally. (Even if you're using Visual Basic 5.0, you can still incorporate ADO and OLE DB into your applications.) Later, you'll see how to build reports using the Data Report Designer in Visual Basic 6.0, how to use form modules, and learn to create your own objects. We'll show you how to work with user-defined collections, create your own MDI applications, use Windows common controls, harness the power of the Windows API, and finish with optimization techniques and other professional touches.

  1. An Introduction to Objects
    1. What Is an Object?
    2. The Object Browser
    3. System Objects
    4. Introducing Object Variables
    5. Classifying Objects
    6. Referring to Objects
    7. Using the Global Forms Collection
    8. Working with External Objects
  2. Managing Data with ADO
    1. What Is ADO?
    2. Getting Started with ADO
    3. The ADO Object Hierarchy
    4. The ADO Connection Object
    5. Working with Recordset Properties and Methods
    6. The Command Object
    7. Updating Recordset Data
    8. More Command Objects
  3. ADO and Unbound Forms
    1. Forms and ADO
    2. Displaying Data on the Form
    3. Changing Data on the Form
    4. Finding Data on the Form
    5. Using a Default Recordset
    6. Maintaining State Information
  4. Using User Interface Data Tools
    1. What Is Wrong with the ADO Data Control?
    2. Taking Advantage of the Data Environment
    3. The Hierarchical FlexGrid Control
    4. Creating Reports in Visual Basic
  5. Using Form Modules
    1. What Is a Form?
    2. Adding Form Methods
    3. Adding Form Properties
    4. Implementing Dialog Boxes
    5. Creating Multiple Instances of a Form
    6. Life Cycle of a Form
  6. Creating Your Own Objects
    1. Introduction to Class Modules
    2. Starting and Stopping
    3. Properties Aren't Always So Simple
    4. A Simple, Useful Class
    5. TextFile: Working with Text Files
    6. Using the Class Builder
  7. Working with Collections
    1. Collection Overview
    2. Using the Collection Object
  8. Creating MDI Applications
    1. What Is MDI?
    2. Creating an MDI Application
    3. Working with MDI Applications
    4. Using Windows Common Controls
  9. Working with the Windows API
    1. What Is the Windows API?
    2. API Declarations
    3. Using the API Viewer/WIN32API.TXT
    4. A Few Simple Examples
    5. Declaring User-Defined Data Types
    6. Working with Strings
    7. Talking to Controls (Using SendMessage)
    8. Resources
  10. Optimizing Visual Basic Programs
    1. Getting Started with Optimization
    2. Testing Hypotheses
    3. Where Do You Look?
    4. Optimizing Code Speed
    5. Optimizing Display Speed
    6. Optimizing Apparent Speed
    7. Optimizing Size in Memory
  11. Adding Professional Touches
    1. Storing Program Options
    2. Using the Common Dialog Control
    3. Adding Standard Forms
    4. Creating Your Own Templates

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