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VB6 Visual Basic 6 Comprehensive training course

Learn Visual Basic 6 With The UK's Top Experts At JBI Training

JBI training course London UK

"Our tailored course provided a well rounded introduction and also covered some intermediate level topics that we needed to know. Clive gave us some best practice ideas and tips to take away. Fast paced but the instructor never lost any of the delegates"

Brian Leek, Data Analyst, May 2022

Public Courses

12/08/24 - 5 days
£1995 +VAT
23/09/24 - 5 days
£1995 +VAT
04/11/24 - 5 days
£1995 +VAT

Customised Courses

* Train a team
* Tailor content
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Course Overview

This highly acclaimed Hands-On VB6 training course provides delegates who prefer a fast track learning route with intensive practical tuition in Visual Basic 6. Apart from helping on route to certification, the course should prove invaluable for anyone planning to gain the essential practical skills to develop commercial VB systems for the enterprise and web (internet & Intranet). Available as a public or closed course at our London training centre, or can be tailored to your team's requirements and delivered onsite as a bespoke, customised training course.

This course has been developed for real-world, commercial scenarios by our expert instructors. See below for detailed syllabus. If you have a technical question, please email [email protected]

What you will learn

1. Understand the Visual Basic development environment and language.
2. How to write an application that uses a database.
3. How to write an COM Client application.
4. How to write an COM Server application.
5. How to write an COM Add-in.
6. Understand Visual Basic's Internet and Networking capabilities.

Hands-On Exercises

The exercises during the course combine to create a currency converter application, a banking application, plus stand-alone modules, covering:
1. GUI front-end eg containing menus.
2. Validation of input and dialog windows.
3. Database handling.
4. Client-server / n-tier implementation.
5. Allow only one copy of the application to be started.
6. Pass data to Excel, build a graph and animate it.
7. Build an Activex add-in.
8. Build a chat line using peer-to-peer comms.
9. Convert a VB app to run in Internet Explorer.
10. Make an ActiveX add-in internet compatible


Course Detail

Part 1 Introduction to the VB Environment

Visual Basic Overview & Terminology
Event driven programming
VB Programming Environment

Part 2 Creating the User Interface

Building the User Interface
Creating an Application
Building Menus

Part 3 VB Programming Language

Event Handling
Using Properties
Naming Conventions
Variable Scope
User Defined Types
Continuation Statements
Assignment Statements
Loops & Decision structures

  • If.......Then.......Else
  • Do...Loop, For, While,Exiting a loop
  • Message Boxes (Msgbox)
  • Input Boxes (Inputbox)
  • Sub-Routines and Procedures

Part 4 Error handling and debugging

Error Handling

  • Introduction
  • Trappable Errors
  • On Error...
  • Resume
  • Error Handlers

Err, Error and Error$()

  • Avoid Variable Name Errors
  • Setting Your Own Error Codes
  • Simulating A Visual Basic Error
  • Catering for Unexpected Errors
  • Delayed Error Handling
  • Turning Off Error Handling
  • Function Specific Error
  • Procedures

Debugging your code

  • Using the Debug Window Passively
  • Using the Debug Window Actively

Interactive Debugging Tools

  • Stepping Through Code
  • Breakpoints
  • Watches
  • Instant Watch
  • The Calls Window
  • Set Next

Part 5 Working with more advanced controls

File management
ActiveX custom controls

  • Tree view and List view
  • Common dialog
  • Masked edit
  • Status Bars
  • Toolbars

Part 6 More About Controls

Using Control Arrays
Using the Controls Collection
Working with Object Variables

Part 7 Database use in Visual Basic

Database Use in VB

  • Database Types
  • Database connectivity styles

The ActiveX Data Control

  • Intro to ActiveX Data objects
  • Database connection using ADO
  • ADO Recordsets
  • Disconnected Recordsets

Data Bound Controls

  • DataGrid
  • DataList
  • DataCombo

The Data Form wizard
Visual Data Access Tools

  • Data Environment
  • Designer Data View Window

Multiple-User Issues
External Databases
ODBC Databases
MTS (Microsoft Transaction Server) and ADO

Part 8 Using Dynamic-Link Libraries

Introduction to DLLs
Declaring DLLs
Calling DLLs
Providing Callback Procedures

Part 9: ActiveX

The Component Object Model (COM)
ActiveX Clients

  • Implementing Automation
  • Characteristics of Servers
  • Creating a Client
  • Receiving Notifications from Servers

Creating ActiveX Servers

  • Introduction to ActiveX Components
  • Creating Objects
  • ActiveX Code Components
  • Registering a Sever
  • Server Events
  • Building Interfaces
  • Additional Features of Code Components

Creating ActiveX Controls

  • Introduction to Controls
  • Creating the Control's User Interface
  • Testing
  • Exposing Properties, Methods, and Events
  • Creating Property Pages
  • Data Binding
  • Distributing

Using ActiveX Components on a Web Page

  • Overview
  • Downloading Controls
  • HTML Scripting
  • Setting Initial Control Properties

Creating and Using ActiveX Documents

  • Introduction to ActiveX Documents
  • ActiveX Document Projects
  • Testing and Debugging
  • Multiple Documents
  • The User Interface and User Documents

Creating Internet-Aware Applications

  • Using Sockets (Winsock)
  • Internet Transfer Control
  • Web Browser Control
  • Automation with Internet Explorer
  • Personal Web Server
  • IIS


JBI training course London UK

IT professionals who are completely new to Visual Basic programming or those with elementary skills in VB who need to gain the skills and hands-on experience of developing commercial VB6

5 star

4.8 out of 5 average

"Our tailored course provided a well rounded introduction and also covered some intermediate level topics that we needed to know. Clive gave us some best practice ideas and tips to take away. Fast paced but the instructor never lost any of the delegates"

Brian Leek, Data Analyst, May 2022

“JBI  did a great job of customizing their syllabus to suit our business  needs and also bringing our team up to speed on the current best practices. Our teams varied widely in terms of experience and  the Instructor handled this particularly well - very impressive”

Brian F, Team Lead, RBS, Data Analysis Course, 20 April 2022



JBI training course London UK



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Why Come to JBI Training for a VB6 Course?

Client feedback shows that delegates on our courses will best engage when they can relate course topics to their own day-to-day practices and requirements. Where possible, we  run this course as a consultative, workshop-style event, in which discussion of relevant topics takes place in relation to the delegates' own applications and scenarios.

To facilitate this type of event, a subject matter expert leads the training, hands-on labs and discussions to ensure course topics are covered in a meaningful, relevant and timely manner. Delegates may be able to bring their own practical requirements and work to the course if the subjects and course topics are suitable.  

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