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Intermediate Visual Basic

If you're a Visual Basic programmer who wants to go beyond the introductory level to create the sophisticated and powerful programs business users need, this course is for you. As we focus on database applications, you'll learn the in-demand programming skills you need to get new work in the business world.

We'll begin by discussing how to enrich the graphical user interface with custom menus and toolbars. Next, we'll explore multiple form applications, starting with built-in dialog controls, and then turning to helper forms and Multiple Document Interface applications. After that, we'll deepen your understanding of databases. You'll find out how to access and modify data with data-bound controls, ADO .NET, and Structured Query Language (SQL). And we'll finish up with a survey of other areas you might be interested in studying, including information on additional SQL functionality, Web applications, and XML.

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
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Starting March 13 | April 17

Intermediate Visual Basic

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Course Code: vb9

What You Will Learn
  • Learn how to enrich the graphical user interface with custom menus and toolbars
  • Explore multiple form applications
  • Deepen your understanding of databases
  • Find out how to access and modify data with data-bound controls, ADO .NET, and SQL
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Learn the in-demand programming skills you need to get new work in the business world
  • Become more confident in your development skills and ability to take on new projects
  • Open the door to new career and freelancing opportunities as a Visual Basic programmer


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Week 1

You'll learn how to use the OpenFileDialog and SaveFileDialog classes to give your users the ability to locate and save changes to data. Then, you'll discover how to use menus in your programs.

Week 2

Learn how to use toolbars in your applications and how to coordinate them with menus. Then, you'll discover an important type of helper form—the dialog form.

Week 3

In this lesson, you'll learn about another important helper form, the modeless or owned form, and how to use it in your application. Then, learn how to give your programs Multiple Document Interface ability.

Week 4

Begin to explore databases in this lesson. Then, you'll understand how to use SQL in your Visual Basic applications to communicate with your database.

Week 5

Learn how to write code to access a database. Then, learn how to access a database’s structure or schema by code.

Week 6

Learn how to create master-detail tables that enable users to quickly find the data they need which will be especially useful in the business world. Finally, you’ll learn all the options that are available to you now that you’ve obtained your expertise in Visual Basic.

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Instructors & Support

Jeffrey A. Kent

Jeffrey A. Kent is a Professor of Computer Science, teaching both traditional and online classes. He has taught a number of computer programming languages, including C, C++, Java, Visual Basic, and Assembly. He is the published author of several computer-programming books, including "Visual Basic 2005 Demystified" and "C++ Demystified." He is also an attorney and has combined both careers by writing applications for law firms.


Prerequisites / Requirements


Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course must be taken on a PC. A Mac is not compatible.

Software Requirements: 

  • Windows XP or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge is also compatible.
  • Visual Basic 2008, free Express edition.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.


Completion of Introduction to Visual Basic 2008 (or equivalent experience).


Introduction to Visual Basic

with Jeffrey A. Kent

Learn how to write code for Windows applications using the Visual Basic programming language and development environment.

Course Code: VB0

  • / 24 Course Hrs
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.

How does it work?

Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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