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Visual Basic Essential Training

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Start programming with Visual Basic using Visual Studio. Learn language fundamentals such as data types, strings, operators, looping constructs, and more.



  • Write applications with Visual Basic
  • What you should know
  • Install Visual Studio
  • Setup packages
  • How to access the sample code on GitHub

1. Build Your First Simple Applications

  • Create application with common tools
  • Code containers: Modules and classes
  • Run the example code from the EXE
  • Work with the Console class
  • Run the modified code from the EXE
  • The forgiving nature of VB code

2. Create Projects in Visual Studio

  • Optimize the Visual Studio settings
  • Create Console project in Visual Studio
  • Examine the template structure and code
  • Edit the code
  • Compile the project code
  • Run the example code from Visual Studio
  • Run the example code with a debugger

3. Work with Multiple Projects

  • What applications can you create?
  • Add additional projects to the solution
  • Review the Visual Studio Project template code
  • Choose a startup project
  • Work with a Windows UI project
  • Add click event handler code
  • Add TextChanged event handler code

4. Setting Up Your Environment

  • Clone the repository to your computer
  • Open the solution in Visual Studio
  • Work with Git branches

5. Program Flow

  • Understand default code flow
  • Create a program loop
  • Listen for KeyChar to terminate loop

6. The Visual Basic Ecosystem

  • Visual Basic and programming concepts
  • .NET and .NET core
  • Use .NET classes in your application

7. Variables and Constants

  • Work with variables and constants
  • Use the Code Explorer project
  • Declare a variable
  • Tips to make literals pop in the editor
  • Work with custom and built-in constants
  • Understand variable scope
  • Understand numeric to numeric conversions
  • Convert numeric values
  • Convert and format numbers to string
  • Convert and parse string to numbers
  • Work with strings
  • Work with dates and times
  • Challenge: Strings, dates, and parsing
  • Solution: Strings, dates, and parsing

8. Refactor Your Code into Functions and Subs

  • Understand procedures and methods
  • Add procedures to module
  • Call procedures from the application
  • Add procedures to class
  • Add code to functions
  • Use parameters with procedures
  • Challenge: Refactor with parameters
  • Solution: Refactor with parameters

9. Debugging Your Code

  • Add breakpoints to code
  • Step through code
  • Use the Watch windows

10. Control Flow: Branch Statements

  • Explore the arithmetic operators
  • Explore the comparison and logical operators
  • If and Else
  • Use the And, Or logical operators
  • Use AndAlso, OrElse for better performance
  • Select Case
  • Challenge: Logic statements and string compare
  • Solution: Logic statements and string compare

11. Control Flow: Loop Statements

  • Use For loop to run code a specific number of times
  • Use Do loops to run code until condition is fulfilled
  • Challenge: Pentagonal numbers
  • Solution: Pentagonal numbers

12. Work with Lists

  • Explore the collection classes
  • Create new collections
  • Add, remove, and interact with items from list
  • Iterate over list
  • Interesting list properties
  • Work with extension methods
  • Use LINQ with lists
  • Quick look at other collection classes
  • Challenge: Marble draw with lists
  • Solution: Marble draw with lists

13. Error Handling

  • What happens when the unexpected happens?
  • The default response to unhandled exceptions
  • Use try-catch for exception handling
  • Logging exceptions

Continuing Your Journey

  • Next steps

Taught by

Walt Ritscher


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