Visual Basic 2017 Made Easy

Liew Voon Kiong
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 Visual Basic 2017 Made Easy is written by Dr. Liew, the webmaster of the popular online Visual Basic Tutorial, This book is a complete guide to mastering Visual Basic 2017, for beginner to intermediate programmers. It is also an excellent reference text for high school or college-level computer science courses.

Reading this book will allow you to:  

i) Understand the basic concepts of Visual    

   Basic 2017 programming

ii) Create your own Visual Basic 2017 applications

    from scratch

iii) Get inspiration from a variety of

   interesting sample programs

iv) Modify the code samples easily to suit your


v) Learn how to package and distribute

   your applications

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 About the Author

Dr. Liew Voon Kiong holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, a master’s degree in Management and a doctorate in Business Administration. He has been involved in Visual Basic programming for more than 20 years. He created the popular online Visual Basic Tutorial at, which has attracted millions of visitors since 1996. It has consistently been one of the highest ranked Visual Basic websites.

To provide more support for Visual Basic students, teachers, and hobbyists, Dr. Liew has written this book to complement the free Visual Basic 2017 tutorial with much more content. He is also the author of the Visual Basic Made Easy series, which includes Visual Basic 6 Made Easy, Visual Basic 2008 Made Easy, Visual Basic 2010 Made Easy, Visual Basic 2013 Made Easy and Excel VBA Made Easy. Dr. Liew’s books have been used in high school and university computer science courses all over the world.

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In just 24 sessions of one hour or less, you’ll learn how to build complete, reliable, and modern Windows applications with Microsoft® Visual Basic® 2015. Using a straightforward, step-by-step approach, each lesson builds on what you’ve already learned, giving you a strong foundation for success with every aspect of VB 2015 development.

Notes present interesting pieces of information.

Tips offer advice or teach an easier way to do something.

Cautions advise you about potential problems and help you steer clear of disaster.

Learn How To

Master VB 2015 by building a complete feature-rich application Navigate VB 2015 and discover its new shortcuts Work with objects, collections, and events Build attractive, highly-functional user interfaces Make the most of forms, controls, modules, and procedures Efficiently store data and program databases Make decisions in code Use powerful object-oriented techniques Work with graphics and text files Manipulate filesystems and the Registry Add email support Create efficient modules and reusable procedures Interact effectively with users Write code to preview and print documents Debug with VB 2015’s improved breakpoint features Distribute your software

Download all examples and source code presented in this book from as they become available.

Who Should Read This Book

Those who have little or no programming experience or who might be picking up Visual Basic as a second language.

Bug Alert

Description: Changing the startup form's name in a VB WinForms app does not update the "Startup form" #4517

Explanation: In the latest Visual Basic update on GitHub, Microsoft accidentally introduced a significant bug that you should be aware of. In the Visual Basic project properties dialog on one of the tabs (Application), is a drop down box for selecting the "startup object". This can be either a Main method or a System.Windows.Forms instance (or System.Windows.Window for WPF). When you do a rename on a form (say from the code editor in source or from the solution explorer) currently set as the startup form the rename doesn't cascade to the startup object project property cause the project to enter an invalid state where the user must now manually reset this project property from the now nonexistent Form to the new name. This is a huge annoyance.

The fix for the bug (until Microsoft addresses) can be found here:

Why program Excel? For solving complex calculations and presenting results, Excel is amazingly complete with every imaginable feature already in place. But programming Excel isn't about adding new features as much as it's about combining existing features to solve particular problems. With a few modifications, you can transform Excel into a task-specific piece of software that will quickly and precisely serve your needs. In other words, Excel is an ideal platform for probably millions of small spreadsheet-based software solutions.

The best part is, you can program Excel with no additional tools. A variant of the Visual Basic programming language, VB for Applications (VBA) is built into Excel to facilitate its use as a platform. With VBA, you can create macros and templates, manipulate user interface features such as menus and toolbars, and work with custom user forms or dialog boxes. VBA is relatively easy to use, but if you've never programmed before, Programming Excel with VBA and .NET is a great way to learn a lot very quickly. If you're an experienced Excel user or a Visual Basic programmer, you'll pick up a lot of valuable new tricks. Developers looking forward to .NET development will also find discussion of how the Excel object model works with .NET tools, including Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO).

This book teaches you how to use Excel VBA by explaining concepts clearly and concisely in plain English, and provides plenty of downloadable samples so you can learn by doing. You'll be exposed to a wide range of tasks most commonly performed with Excel, arranged into chapters according to subject, with those subjects corresponding to one or more Excel objects. With both the samples and important reference information for each object included right in the chapters, instead of tucked away in separate sections, Programming Excel with VBA and .NET covers the entire Excel object library. For those just starting out, it also lays down the basic rules common to all programming languages.

With this single-source reference and how-to guide, you'll learn to use the complete range of Excel programming tasks to solve problems, no matter what you're experience level.

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