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Visual Basic 5.0

Introduction

When an organisation or an individual needs to have a customised software for :

a programming language is used, and Visual Basic 5 (VB5) is an easy programming language to handle.

I intend to introduce VB to those who are just emberking on the programming language. There is a program I created which will introduce new users slowly to the options in VB environment. I asume you have the VB 5 software available to be able to follow along.

LETS START

When starting VB 5, there will be an option initially of standard EXE, Active EXE, Active DLL, ActiveX Control, VB Application Wizard, ADDIN, ActiveX Document DLL and ActiveX Document EXE.

Step 1. Select standard EXE.

 You will be presented with a new screen, for the moment we are only interested in the form box called (Form1) and tool box called (General).

Pointer Tool

 

Label, displays text which users cannot modify

Text, displays text which users can edit/modify

Command button, Enables users to activate specific function.

 

 

 

 

 

The following box on the right indicates the status of any tools which are used in your form. It is called the Property Window.

As can be seen, the first property of the form is (Name), which can be defined to indicate a sensible name for the form. Use names without separation. Change the property to Mainform.

Caption property, is the displayed text when the form is activated. Change this to My first form.

Scroll downward till StartUpPosition, click and find an arrow indicating a few options. Some of the property will have preset options such as this. Change this to 2-Center Screen.

All the above instruction can be summarised as follows;

Properties - Form1

Description

(Name)

Mainform

Caption

My First Form

StartUpPosition

2-Centre Screen

Double Click on Tool option [LABEL], you will find a square box on your form being highlighted. The Property Window will now have the property of the Label. Using the same method as earlier change the Properties for the label.

Properties - Label1

Description

Caption

Enter Your Name:

Left

120

Width

1440

Double click again on the Tool box option [LABEL]. Change its property.

Properties - Label2

Description

Caption

(leave blank)

Left

120

Height

495

Width

4335

Font

Ms Sans Serif, size14

Double click on Tool box option [Text]. Change its property.

Properties - Text1

Description

Text

(leave blank)

Left

1560

Width

600

Double Click on Tool box option [Command Button]. Change its property.

Properties - Command1

Description

(Name)

CmdQuit

Caption

Quit

Left

495

Height

3360

Width

1215

Double click on the Text1 box, the window will change to display the code. Change the event box to Change (see diagram below) . And add the following into the code.

Private Sub Text1_Change()

Label2.Caption = "Hello " & Text1.Text & " !"

End Sub

 

 We are now ready to make our program go into action. Click on the PLAY button.

Watch your first program go into action and play around with it until you can understand it better.

 

 

I hope you enjoyed your first Visual Basic 5 program. Any problem occur is unintentional, please mail me the problem and I will fix it into this page.

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