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I have for a few weeks now been looking to improove my computer skills. I
have been looking at learning VB but would like to know what exactly I can
use it for!!! ( I said it may be stupid ) I would like in time to be able to
build a database type of application for my new job which would include my
own desktop type of user interface.

Can I do this with VB or am I looking in the wrong area.

Any help would be great

Julian
Jul 17 '05 #1
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VB can be used for anything that any other programming language can be used
for (it is "turing complete"), but, like all programming languages, it is
particularly useful in certain areas. It is excellent for rapid application
development, for use as a learning language, and to write desktop
applications. It is particularly suited to database interaction with a GUI
front-end, as there are a plethora of controls and libraries that come as
standard with any install of VB.
It is commonly used as a learning language as it provides a more gentle
introduction into programming than, say, C or Java. However, it can teach
you some 'bad habits' and it tends to reinforce a very high-level view of
computer architecture. This is not a bad thing necessarily, just something
to be aware of as you are setting out.
On the whole, I would imagine VB would probably be an excellent choice for
you.

HTH,

Rowland.

"Julian Campbell" <ju**************@btinternet.com> wrote in message
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I have for a few weeks now been looking to improove my computer skills. I
have been looking at learning VB but would like to know what exactly I can
use it for!!! ( I said it may be stupid ) I would like in time to be able to build a database type of application for my new job which would include my
own desktop type of user interface.

Can I do this with VB or am I looking in the wrong area.

Any help would be great

Julian

Jul 17 '05 #2

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i agree totally with Rowland

However i would like to add something

if you are really serious in starting programming in VB ( VB6 or VB.NET if
i were just starting i would skip VB6 and focus totally on VB.NET )
buy the self paced trainig kits from MS press for vb 6 i would start with
70-176 and then 70-175 for VB.NET 70-306

These books will prepare you for the official exams, and will teach you a
better way of programming to be more exact the MSF way, this will prevent
the 'bad habits' that Rowland is refering to

Success with your study

M. Posseth MCP

"Rowland Banks" <ba*****@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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VB can be used for anything that any other programming language can be used for (it is "turing complete"), but, like all programming languages, it is
particularly useful in certain areas. It is excellent for rapid application development, for use as a learning language, and to write desktop
applications. It is particularly suited to database interaction with a GUI
front-end, as there are a plethora of controls and libraries that come as
standard with any install of VB.
It is commonly used as a learning language as it provides a more gentle
introduction into programming than, say, C or Java. However, it can teach
you some 'bad habits' and it tends to reinforce a very high-level view of
computer architecture. This is not a bad thing necessarily, just something
to be aware of as you are setting out.
On the whole, I would imagine VB would probably be an excellent choice for
you.

HTH,

Rowland.

"Julian Campbell" <ju**************@btinternet.com> wrote in message
news:cd**********@hercules.btinternet.com...
I have for a few weeks now been looking to improove my computer skills. I have been looking at learning VB but would like to know what exactly I can use it for!!! ( I said it may be stupid ) I would like in time to be able
to
build a database type of application for my new job which would include

my own desktop type of user interface.

Can I do this with VB or am I looking in the wrong area.

Any help would be great

Julian


Jul 17 '05 #3

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a program to keeep track of the company's suggestions
a Payroll program - including printing the checks and paystubs
a tic-tac-toe game
a calculator
amotization charts
lighting layouts
--- but vb shines best at database apps

"Julian Campbell" <ju**************@btinternet.com> wrote in message
news:cd**********@hercules.btinternet.com...
I have for a few weeks now been looking to improove my computer skills. I
have been looking at learning VB but would like to know what exactly I can
use it for!!! ( I said it may be stupid ) I would like in time to be able to build a database type of application for my new job which would include my
own desktop type of user interface.

Can I do this with VB or am I looking in the wrong area.

Any help would be great

Julian

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Jul 17 '05 #4

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Tom
I agree with what you state.
However, 'option explicit' is a
lifesaver to keep track of variables.
It helps to avoid stupid mistakes.

Tom.
"Rowland Banks" <ba*****@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:cd**********@sparta.btinternet.com...
VB can be used for anything that any other programming language can be used for (it is "turing complete"), but, like all programming languages, it is
particularly useful in certain areas. It is excellent for rapid application development, for use as a learning language, and to write desktop
applications. It is particularly suited to database interaction with a GUI
front-end, as there are a plethora of controls and libraries that come as
standard with any install of VB.
It is commonly used as a learning language as it provides a more gentle
introduction into programming than, say, C or Java. However, it can teach
you some 'bad habits' and it tends to reinforce a very high-level view of
computer architecture. This is not a bad thing necessarily, just something
to be aware of as you are setting out.
On the whole, I would imagine VB would probably be an excellent choice for
you.

HTH,

Rowland.

"Julian Campbell" <ju**************@btinternet.com> wrote in message
news:cd**********@hercules.btinternet.com...
I have for a few weeks now been looking to improove my computer skills. I have been looking at learning VB but would like to know what exactly I can use it for!!! ( I said it may be stupid ) I would like in time to be able
to
build a database type of application for my new job which would include

my own desktop type of user interface.

Can I do this with VB or am I looking in the wrong area.

Any help would be great

Julian


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