Application Development Using Visual Basic 6 — A 4-Day Course

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This course has now been retired. Please see the Microsoft Programming section for a list of current courses.

Course Synopsis

With over two million users, Microsoft Visual Basic is by far the most popular Windows development environment in use in major organisations today. This course will provide you with a comprehensive coverage of the Visual Basic programming environment. It is an intensive course which has been structured to cover the maximum material in four days, with around half the time spent on practical hands-on exercises. Detailed language constructions are learnt by delegates during practical sessions and the comprehensive approach saves time for the development of the more important conceptual areas.

This course recognises the importance of coding for reuse and uses an object approach throughout. Emphasis is also given to the database connectivity features of Visual Basic; in particular, the use of ActiveX Data Objects (ADO) to manipulate databases through dedicated controls or purely through code.

The course is made up of a mixture of lectures and hands-on exercises. It includes many practical sessions designed to reinforce the topics covered. You will build a full Visual Basic application during the course.

Course Objectives

On completion of this course, delegates will be able to:

Intended Audience

This course is not suitable for those who already have a good working knowledge of Visual Basic, who should consider the Advanced Programming with Visual Basic Enterprise Edition course.

Those wishing to develop custom Windows-based applications, who are either experienced programmers in (for example, Access Basic, C, C++ or FoxPro) or new developers who have attended the Visual Basic Primer course.

Course Prerequisites

Before attending this course, students must meet the following prerequisites:


This course has been retired and is no longer available.

Outline Course Contents

Quick Start

Visual Basic for Applications (VBA)

Data Entry

Error Handling and Debugging

GUI Interactions


Classes and Objects

COM Components

Data Access using ActiveX Data Objects (ADO)

Using DLLs