Beginners Guide

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This guide will walk you a through each step of learning the Visual Basic environment so that you will be off and running strong.

This Visual Basic 6 guide walks a beginner step by step through tutorials on this site that will get you up and running. The best way to navigate through the guide is by using the links on the left. Or you can use the links below and then hit your browser's back button. Each link will take you to a different tutorial on this site that will teach you the next step you need to know to learn.

Visual Basic Tutorial for Beginners

  1. One of the first and best things to do is begin to understand the Visual Basic IDE (Integrated Development Environment). By understanding the IDE you will be able to develop VB programs quickly and effectively. Start by reading the Getting to know the VB6 IDE tutorial
  2. The classic first program in any language is the Hello World application. This is a great visual basic tutorial for beginners because as you write this program to you are able to get your feet wet with the bare bone essentials every VB program has. Check out the Simple Hello World VB6 tutorial
  3. Good programmers figure out how to use a consistent naming scheme when they develop applications. The quickest way to graduate out of the beginner VB6 level is to check out the Object Types and Naming Scheme VB tutorial
  4. Variables are used in any real development. Make sure you visit the Quick Variable tutorial to see how variables work in Visual Basic 6
  5. (Optional) More In Depth Understanding variables and types in VB6
  6. When you need to make comparisons or have your program choose between options you will need to understand Visual Basic's if statements. Luckily there's a beginners tutorial that explains just that: Understanding the if conditional statement
  7. Once you grasp the basics check out this next beginner VB6 tutorial that goes more in depth into conditional statements: Understanding if statements and conditionals in VB6
  8. Need to do something repeatedly? Need to iterate through a list of things? Need to count from 1 to 1 Billion by 3's? You need to understand loops! Understanding For, Do, and while Loops
  9. Once a beginner understands how to use functions and subroutines he or she is on the road to being a full fledged VB6 guru. A solid grasp on functions and subroutines allows you to reuse code and functionality throughout your program and in future programs.Functions and Subroutines in VB6 tutorial
  10. Last but not least, begin to learn how to use all the great controls Visual Basic offers and create a great User Interface for your clients to use. Basic Graphical User Interfaces in VB6 - Tutorial

Once you have finished these tutorials you should have a very good understanding of the fundamentals of the Visual Basic 6 language and development environment. Feel free to download some more advanced tutorials and continue learning on your own. If you have any questions or comments related to this Visual Basic 6 guide please post them below.

 

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VB.Net Help needed

I am new to vb.net and i have not been able to install it on my vista basic...please i need help with the installation and i would also appreciate a detailed tutorial or introduction. thanks

There is a "portable"

There is a "portable" version of VB 6 floating around out there (~5MB) that works on my Vista Home Premium....

If you can't get any other VB 6 to work, you could install it in a Virtual Machine with a legacy Windows OS on it (2K or below) and they should work.

I NEED HELP..I WANT TO LEARN VB

PLS can any body help me with a link or text book on hw to program in vb 6.0? (for beginners)
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VB6 can not install Windows Vista Home Basic

hello, I'm from Venezuela and my question is the following gentlemen experts. As Visual Basic 6.0 installed on Windows Vista Basic version? Please help me, I need to keep learning with this tool.

Visual Basic 6.0 installed on Windows Vista Basic version

im a freelance programmmer... i tried many times us you are but one thing i conclude .... vb 6.0 is not compatible for windows vista... maybe the higher version of vb is compatible for that o.s.

NO it doesnt come standard

NO it doesnt come standard on any computer.

But Visual basic 6 will work on vista.
Just make sure to uncheck Visual Basic C++ when you are installing it.

just started using VB6

Just started using visual basic need some help in tutorials

Hello! Thanks for your free

Hello!
Thanks for your free tutorial. But there is something that I am looking for some answer about Option button the black dot doesn't disappear even if I set the property value to false or true when I run or not the program the black dot still the same it still on the button. Thank for your possible answer.

I just want to know how to

I just want to know how to use VB's code. The codes are so hard to understand.
E.g. Dim Form1 As String or whatever...
I don't think one website or person has explained to me about it.

If you know what I'm on about, please email me at...
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Thanks,

I really wanna start to learn Visual basic!!!

Hi programmers, "ladies & gentlemen".I badly wanna learn visual basic and start practicing it and make my own programs easily.That could make me the happiest guy on this planet.I am gonna start the classes on it after 3 months from now.

So, how do i start guys?I am very glad to be here, i trust my questions will be answer and my curiousity will be satisfied.I just know that i will have to install the software first, which one is the best and recommended for beginnes?

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i want to learn visual basic

I think visual basic 6 is still running well compared to VB.net and some applications are better on .net platform

I just added a What version

I just added a What version to choose tutorial. This might be helpful to you. Also This site has a download for VB6 (although I'm not sure if its legal - you need to check that out). You also will need an Un-Rar program: a freeware version is 7-Zip. Enjoy!

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CAN YOU HELP ME IN SENDING THE DETAILS ABOUT HOW TO CONNECT OR VB WITH ORACLE 10G OR MICROSOFT ACCESS.
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connect

first create database

name your database firstMDB
then name your table myTable
then create fields, Name_ko,Last_ko

after you create database you can start coding in VB

create a connection on a module

Public connectFirstMDB As ADODB.Connection

Function load_data()
Set connectFirstMDB = New Connection
connectFirstMDB.Open "PROVIDER=MSDataShape;Data PROVIDER=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;Data Source=" & "C:\foldercode\firstMDB.mdb"
End Function

then on a form

declare
Public withevents rs_connect as ADODB.Recordset

Public Sub Form_Load()
on error goto err123 'in case an error occured
call load_data
set rs_connect = new recordset
rs_connect.Open "SELECT Name_ko,Last_ko from myTable",connectFirstMDB,adOpenStatic, adLockOptimistic
set datagrid1.datasource = rs_connect
exit sub
err123:
msgbox err.description
end sub

note: if your database contains nothing then error will occure telling "DATA ACCESS ERROR". just put at least 1 record.

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Call function

How can i use CALL in my project?
Please show me an example.
thanks

connect first create

connect

first create database

name your database firstMDB
then name your table myTable
then create fields, Name_ko,Last_ko

after you create database you can start coding in VB

create a connection on a module

Public connectFirstMDB As ADODB.Connection

Function load_data()
Set connectFirstMDB = New Connection
connectFirstMDB.Open "PROVIDER=MSDataShape;Data PROVIDER=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;Data Source=" & "C:\foldercode\firstMDB.mdb"
End Function

then on a form

declare
Public withevents rs_connect as ADODB.Recordset

Public Sub Form_Load()
on error goto err123 'in case an error occured
call load_data
set rs_connect = new recordset
rs_connect.Open "SELECT Name_ko,Last_ko from myTable",connectFirstMDB,adOpenStatic, adLockOptimistic
set datagrid1.datasource = rs_connect
exit sub
err123:
msgbox err.description
end sub

note: if your database contains nothing then error will occure telling "DATA ACCESS ERROR". just put at least 1 record.

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learn java insead of vb6, or at least vb.net

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java is so complicated and vb is easier to use

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in web its vb.net now leading program using by big company through web base and accessing databases...

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VB6 Choppy movement in Vista

As noted before, when dragging or drawing objects the VB6 IDE display is choppy and frustrating to use.

Resolve by changing the Windows theme to Vista Basic or anything other than Aero.

Too bad this causes such an issue, I doubt it will get fixed.

i realy want to learn vb 6

i realy want to learn vb a great deal so help me pliz
my email is asenteza@gmail.com
cheers

datareport

Hai please explain somthing about the datareport.

How do i link visual basic 6 with oracle 10g?

Hi there i'm now learning programming and database and i would like to find out how to link vb6 and oracle10g!!
i need it urgently and i would appreciate if some of you could give me a hand on it!
My e-mail address is jordanbulls182yahoo.com.br.

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Reverse focus order

hi!
im having problems on writing codes in VB..
i just want to ask what code is best for this problem..

i made an application with 5command buttons.
now, if i run the application and press tha tab key, the focus order must go upwards..
how do i do this?

Reverse focus order

just set in the properties on tab index whether it is textbox, combox,option button, richbox and commands ..

Order pressing 5 buttons

You must assign sequence numbers to the button property called "TabIndex" as follows:

for the first button on top make: button1.TabIndex=4
for the second button2.TabIndex=3
for the third button2.TabIndex=2
for the fourth button2.TabIndex=1
for the fifth button down button2.TabIndex=0

now press the TAB key and you will get what you want.

Just try it, it will work
Good luck

try setting the tab index

try setting the tab index property for each button

VB 6 & Win Vista

Hi everyone!

I'm ending with Win XP and starting with Vista. I new about some problems Vista has with the old Help format files; does this affect Visual Basic? I mean: can I install VB6 under Vista (Ultimate) without any special concerns? Does anybody here have any experience with VB6 under Vista?

Thanks in advance. Glad to be here,

Peter

Yes it will work, but you'll

Yes it will work, but you'll have to uncheck the option to install Visual Bassic C++ when you are installing, as it isnt compatible, and from my experience, stops the entire install process.

VB6 & Vista

VB6 works on Vista just fine. Little things I have noticed vs running on XP:

1. Choppy when moving objects around
2. ToolTipText does not appear when in the IDE

Minor really, but that is all I have.

Anthony

Installing VB6 under win_vita_ultimate

Dear Peter,

I am Ameer Basheer, now one of your good friends...
I have an experiance of installing VB6 under Vista Ultimate.
By Installing Visual Studio6 under vista ultimate:
C++ = will not run. A window will apper telling to check for solutions online.
But, Visual basic will work properly, and all other software comes in Visual studio 6 except C++.
_____________________________________________________
Please send a reply to me about my explanation.
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Installing VB6 under win_vita_ultimate

its useless because the code you will created for back up usually in database mysql and ms sql will error..., Visual studio 6 C++ is needed.

Should work great

Hey Peter, I installed VB6 on Vista with out any problem.

VB6 under Win Vista

Thank you for answering. I'll begin installation of VB6 under Vista next week. Thanks.

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this was and will be in future, of great help to me...
thank you vb6

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HELLO DEVELOPERS OF VISUAL BASIC 6!!!
THIS IS THE LANGUAGE WE ARE USING IN OUR SCHOOL
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Question

I Have problems wiring a code to Menus to gate them work e.g File and its submenus, Edit and its sub menues.
Thanking you in advance for your help.
Regards

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Setup Program using VB6. Need help please.

Please Reply back to my Yahoo! Messsenger: willizcabato@yahoo.co.uk

SITUATION:
I was trying to make an installation program (Setup). Just like when you install anti-viruses, games, any programs, there's always a series of menu that appear each installation step.

EQUATION:
When I make Command Buttons (OK, Cancel, Exit, etc.), I don't know how to link it to another dialog box. For example, when you install games, there's always the word NEXT and BACK right? And then the whole menu changes right? How can I make those command buttons work? Shifting from 1 menu to the other? I'm clicking those buttons and nothing works! PLEASE HELP! Thanks!

Please Reply back to my Yahoo! Messsenger: willizcabato@yahoo.co.uk
Whoever helps me I really thank you.

Newbie Question

Hello there, I'm looking to start playing around with Visual Basic. My only question is if i make a program in basic can it be run on any windows machiene or must they also have the basic software?

Cheers.

Generally it will work

Generally it will work without any special requirements, though there have been SOME cases with advanced programs, so u shouldnt have a prob.

Answer of Newbie Question:

Have a great day..About your question, it depends in the compiler of your windows machine...in terms of running a program...and also it depend on how your Source code be made...

Thanks

I am very thankful
for your help

God bless you

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pls continue with the same

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Naveen

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