Visual Basic Training

Written by Shirley Parker
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Visual Basic (VB) is considered an advanced structured dialect of Basic--of which there are many--rather than a separate language. Being a Microsoft product, it runs on the Windows Operating System. As with many languages, its capabilities evolved a great deal from what they were in 1991 to what VB can do today. It is often used in business applications.

Visual Basic1 was announced at Microsoft in 1991, after Microsoft had first purchased a new drag-and-drop shell prototype called Tripod in 1988. Along the way, the new concept found itself code-named Ruby, but became Thunder when QuickBasic was married to Ruby. Through succeeding versions up to VB6, it then went to VB .Net and future refinements are still ahead, along with continuing controversy. However, more than a few people think that VB .Net has made Visual Basic too difficult to use for simple applications. In addition, VB .Net is backwards incompatible with earlier versions of Visual Basic.

The father of Visual Basic is Alan Cooper, who also wrote the book The Inmates Are Running the Asylum: Why High Tech Products Drive Us Crazy and How To Restore The Sanity. The book is now in its second edition. Cooper is also well known as a dynamic speaker at technical writers' conferences and equally a dynamo on customer-centered issues.

Topics Covered in Visual Basic Training

Overall, Visual Basic classes, whether live or online, will cover similar topics increasing in complexity. Much of the foundation information can be found in an extensive number of books and online resources available to developers and other interested techies. The "Visual" part of the name refers to the environment in which the Basic program is developed. In addition to dialog boxes, menus, window interfaces and other features familiar to Windows users, Basic developers work with very complex code and involved debugging steps.

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