This book is intended for those people who would like to learn the basic principles of computer programming but hesitate when they look at the books available on store bookshelves. Most computer books today have scary titles with hundreds and hundreds of pages. Most people starting out would just like a simple little book that shows, describes and demonstrates the basic programming principles. This book will do that. You might consider this book the book to start with before you attempt the bigger books in the stores. Believe me, if I can learn it, ANYBODY CAN! This book will help you get a feel for Graphics, Forms, Controls and basic programming syntax for Visual Basic V6.0. The coding syntax used was copied right off the "Beginner's Test Panel". An extreme effort was made to keep the coding as simple as possible. There are many ways to twist coding around to make it look like you are a well experienced programmer, but you won't find it here. It's impossible to learn coding that is so badly twisted you can't find where it starts and where it ends. You have to learn the basic coding principles first, and that's what this book does. Once you learn the basics, you can embellish the code until your hearts content. Everybody else does, you can too.
The coding examples contained in this book are in their simplest form. You will eventually realize at some point that you can add a few things here and there to the code that would greatly enhance a given routine. The most important thing to be gained from this book is confidence. Confidence that when you see a more advanced book, you won't be scared away as you'll have some idea of what they are talking about.
A book like this is how I got started. In the 1970's I went looking for computer books. There weren't many then, but I found one on the original BASIC language. The cover said it all. "Written for 6th Graders"! I thought, if a twelve year old could learn it, why couldn't I? It was a fantastic book and served me well. I hope this book will do the same for you. Download Supplemental Information:
Author: Dick Hart is a retired Schlumberger Well Services employee having worked in the Engineering Dept. for 25 years. My first work experience started out in the United States Air Force maintaining aircraft Radio and Radar Navigation electronics for the Strategic Air Command(SAC). From there I worked at Texas Instruments, Raytheon Co, Welex(a division of Halliburton) and Lockheed Electronics. My work for Lockheed Electronics was at the Johnson Spacecraft Center, known then as The Manned Spacecraft Center. Work there involved the design of payloads for small sounding rockets to measure the Ozone in the upper atmosphere. After Lockheed, I went to Schlumberger Well Services where work involved the prototyping of down hole oil well logging tools. In 1986, Schlumberger moved me to an engineering group that performed Characterization tests on new Integrated Circuits. This is where I got involved with computer programming. In retirement, my daughter ask me to teach her about Visual Basic, and this notebook is the result. It is hoped that others might benefit from the experience gained in creating this notebook.