Visual Basic Essentials is intended to be of use to both novices looking to learn Visual Basic, and to those proficient in other languages that plan to cross-train from other programming languages. The Visual Basic language, combined with the Visual Studio development environment, provides a uniquely powerful, yet easy to learn programming environment allowing even the absolute beginner to rapidly create and deploy Windows applications.
Visual Basic Essentials begins with instruction on designing Windows forms in Visual Studio including tasks such as designing menu systems and toolbars and wiring up event procedures. The book then introduces the basic concepts of the Visual Basic language covering concepts such as Visual Basic variable types, looping, flow control, functions and subroutines. Once the basics are covered, topics such as single and mutli-dimensional arrays, string handling, file I/O and date and time manipulation are explained. Finally, more advanced topics such as Visual Basic object oriented programming, database access and graphics drawing are detailed.