Visual Basic.Net

Become a Microsoft windows programmer using Visual Basic. This course provides a comprehensive introduction to Microsoft VB.NET.

Course Code: BIT101
Fee Code: S4
Duration (approx) Duration (approx) 100 hours
Qualification Statement of Attainment
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Learn to make Windows Programs using .NET (Visual Basic)

 

The .NET Framework simplifies Windows software development. It provides developers with a single approach to build both desktop applications - sometimes called ‘smart client applications’ - and Web-based applications. It also enables developers to use the same tools and skills to develop software for a variety of systems ranging from handheld smart phones to large server installations.

Software built on the .NET Framework can be easier to deploy and maintain than conventional software. Applications can be designed to automatically upgrade themselves to the latest version. The .NET Framework can also minimize conflicts between applications by helping incompatible software components coexist.

ACS student comments: I am finding the course very valuable it is keeping me focused and the content is excellent. I have a tendency to go off on tangents but the structure of the course keeps me on track.

Bill Anderson, Australia- Visual Basic.Net course.

 

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Students need access to a computer with internet access to be able to download software from Microsoft.

 

WHAT IS ‘MICROSOFT.NET’?

Microsoft explains the concept of .NET in these words:

“Microsoft® .NET is a set of Microsoft software technologies for connecting information, people, systems, and devices. It enables a high level of software integration through the use of Web services—small, discrete, building-block applications that connect to each other as well as to other, larger applications over the Internet.”

Microsoft’s ‘.NET’ platform was released in 2001 as a new feature to their Windows family of products. This affects many aspects of Information Technology because Windows products are responsible for a major share of home and office computers systems and website servers on the Internet. The technology behind .NET allows programmers (often called ‘developers’) to create software programs or applications that utilise the wide spectrum of information technology resources used every day by people around the world.

A new approach to building windows software

The .NET Framework simplifies Windows software development. It provides developers with a single approach to build both desktop applications - sometimes called ‘smart client applications’ - and Web-based applications. It also enables developers to use the same tools and skills to develop software for a variety of systems ranging from handheld smart phones to large server installations.

Software built on the .NET Framework can be easier to deploy and maintain than conventional software. Applications can be designed to automatically upgrade themselves to the latest version. The .NET Framework can also minimize conflicts between applications by helping incompatible software components coexist.

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Using our modern online portal for study is a simple and effective way of learning.Once enrolled, you will receive your online account to our login.training system that will give you all the lessons assignments and self-assessment tests so you can start studying straight away.
  

Lesson Structure

There are 12 lessons in this course:

  1. 1. Introduction
    • History of BASIC
    • What is Microsoft .NET
    • Programs
    • Keywords
    • Sequence
    • Selection
    • Repetition
    • Methods
    • Object libraries
    • Writing programs
    • Integrated Development Environment
    • Your first program: Hello World
    • A console program
    • Hello World explained
    • A windows based program
  2. 2. Variables
    • What are variables
    • Arrays
    • Hungarian notation
    • Kinds of variables (Data types)
    • Assigning variable values
    • Operator precedence
    • Strings
    • Hard coding variables
    • Programming exercise
    • Using variables
    • Comments
  3. 3. Understanding conditional statements
    • Program flow and branching
    • Sequence
    • Selection
    • if statements
    • if...else statements
    • Nested ifs vs elself
    • The select statement
    • Repetition (looping)
    • For loop
    • While loops
    • Do loops
    • Evaluating conditions with boolean expressions
    • Comparison operators
    • And, or and not
    • Formatting code (indenting)
    • Programming exercise: countdownTimer1_Tick() explained
    • Button1_Click() explained
  4. 4. I/O handling
    • What is a file
    • Data files
    • Program files
    • Saving files
    • I/O
    • Accessing files
    • Sequential files
    • Random files
    • Binary files
    • Opening files
    • Namespaces
    • Streamreader and streamwriter classes
    • Streams
    • Programming exercises: Writing a file (output), Reading a file (input)
    • Exercises explained
    • Reading files by line
  5. 5. Controls and Objects: An Introduction
    • Controls
    • Objects
    • Programming exercises
    • Simple poker machine
    • Stepwise development
  6. 6. Structured Programming using Modules
    • Modular program techniques
    • Top down vs bottom up
    • Modules and methods
    • Methods
    • Method header
    • Parameters
    • Arguments
    • Cohesion and coupling
    • Variable scope
    • Local vs global variables
    • Passing values
    • Procedures vs functions
    • Programming exercise: Simple calculator
  7. 7. Properties, Methods, Events and Classes
    • Objects and classes
    • OOP concepts
    • Fields, properties, methods and events
    • Encapsulation, inheritance and polymorphism
    • Overloading, overriding and shadowing
    • Access levels
    • Constructors and destructors
    • Programming exercise: Cat class
  8. 8. Inheritance
    • What is inheritance
    • When to use inheritance
    • Inheritance rules
    • Inheritance modifiers
    • Overriding properties and methods
    • MyBase
    • MyClass
    • Programming exercise: club members
  9. Polymorphism
    • What is polymorphism
    • Using polymorphism
    • Programming Exercise: Club members
  10. Using Controls
    • Types of controls
    • Button
    • Label
    • Text box
    • List box
    • Combo box
    • Check box
    • Radio button
    • HScroll bar
    • VScroll bar
    • Picture box
    • FolderBrowserDialog
    • Group box
    • Timer
    • Using controls
  11. Debugging
    • Programming errors
    • Types of bugs
    • Syntax errors
    • Logic errors
    • Runtime errors
    • Finding bugs
    • Breakpoints
    • Trapping Errors with Try ... Catch
  12. Developing a Complete VB.NET Application
    • System development life cycle

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

Aims

  • Understanding of the basic concept of computer programming and how it fits in with the .NET framework.
  • Understanding how computer programs store values and how they are accessed.
  • Understanding how conditional statements are used to affect the flow of a program.
  • Learn how to create, read and write files used by your VB.NET application. Also understand how to send information to a printer.
  • Understanding the basics of controls and objects.
  • Understanding the benefits of using modules to structure your program.
  • Understanding properties, methods and events and how they are used in classes.
  • Understanding how inheritance is used in VB.NET to re-use code.
  • Understanding how to use polymorphism to perform the same functions in different ways.

What You Will Do

  • Learning to Program is More than just Technical Skills
  • Writing quality software programs is more than just writing code. Programming is just one part of a process, which includes steps in analysis, design, testing, maintenance etc.
  • The Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) is a methodology that is widely used in developing software; from large scale, multi-million dollar developments through to small boutique implementations. It is often tailored to suit the size of the project, and helps to ensure that time and costs are minimised, while accuracy and quality is maintained.
  • In a well organised software development project, the actual writing of the program code should ideally take less time and effort than any other phase of the project. If the system has been properly analysed and designed, writing the code is almost automatic, and the testing and implementation takes less time. The saying “measure twice, cut once” reflects this thinking.
    • However, it is possible to spend too much time on analysis and design.
  • In this course, we will guide you toward understanding what is an appropriate approach to undertaking a programming task; from all perspectives.

WHAT IS MICROSOFT.NET?

At the turn of the century, rather than continue to make incremental improvements to Visual Basic, Microsoft decided to introduce a major new product, the .NET framework, which includes Visual Basic, C#/C++ along with features to enable building interactive and eCommerce websites.

Microsoft explains the concept of .NET in these words:

 “Microsoft® .NET is a set of Microsoft software technologies for connecting information, people, systems, and devices. It enables a high level of software integration through the use of Web services – small, discrete, building-block applications that connect to each other as well as to other, larger applications over the Internet.”

Microsoft’s .NET platform was released in 2001 as a new feature to their Windows family of products. This affects many aspects of Information Technology because Windows products are responsible for a major share of home and office computers systems and website servers on the Internet. The technology behind .NET allows programmers (often called ‘developers’) to create software programs or applications that utilise the wide spectrum of information technology resources used every day by people around the world.

A New Approach to Building Windows Software

The .NET Framework simplifies Windows software development. It provides developers with a single approach to build both desktop applications (sometimes called ‘smart client applications’) and web-based applications. It also enables developers to use the same tools and skills to develop software for a variety of systems ranging from handheld smart phones to large server installations.

Software built on the .NET Framework can be easier to deploy and maintain than conventional software. Applications can be designed to automatically upgrade themselves to the latest version. The .NET Framework can also minimise conflicts between applications by helping incompatible software components coexist.

ARE YOU READY FOR THE FUTURE?

When you look around at the positions vacant for jobs, there is one career in IT that holds the most value and knowledge, Computer Programming.

A Computer programmer gains the essential skills that are the foundations of all the IT disciplines. Computer programmers are the ones who write the rules and make what the IT industry is. All software, networks, databases etc have one thing in common, they all have architecture that is build by programmers.

Learning a programming language is like learning to speak a foreign language, it is difficult at first to understand, but with practice and learning it is something that can be rewarding and useful. 

Your skills that you gain from completing this course are used world wide by many different industries in many different fields, there are industries that have not even emerged yet that will require people who have programming skills.

Do yourself a favour and Jump on the ride of the future and gain the necessary skills that could change your life.

 
 
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Course Contributors

The following academics were involved in the development and/or updating of this course.

Dr. Sherif Sakr

Research Scientist and University Lecturer in Computer Science and Engineering. Sherif has a PhD in Computer Science, MSc, BSc.

Josiane Joubran

CSC consultant with IBM, Software QA Engineer, Course Writer and Tutor. Josiane is an I.T professional with extensive experience with computer hardware and engineering in Lebanon and Australia. Josiane has a B.Eng., Grad.Dip.I.T., Master Info.Tech., MCP,

Sarah Jury

Over 15 years working in small business, I.T., education and science. Sarah has a PGCE(Post Compulsory Education), BSc(Hons) (Genetics), DipComp(Open), CertWebApps(Open).
She has designed and created several Web sites for different organisations.





Tutors

Meet some of the tutors that guide the students through this course.

Josiane Joubran

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Lachlan Allan

BA (Hons) Business Administration, BEng (Hons) Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Lachlan has experience in the hospitality, banking and utilities sectors in managerial positions in the UK. Following a career change after moving to Australia, he is also experienced in the medical engineering field where he was an engineer responsible for devices at hospital sites and laboratories

Alan Vo

Alan has 14 years experience as an I.T professional in Australia. Extensive experience with software engineering, web development, web marketing, and ecommerce at digital agencies as well as client-sides on various projects and industries.

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