Lesson 4: Writing the VB Code

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In preceding lesson, you have learned how to design the user interface by inserting controls to the form and changing their properties. However, the controls  will not function without adding VB code to them. In this lesson, we shall learn how to write VB code for all the controls so that they can interact with events triggered by the users. Before learning how to write VB code , let me explain the concept of event-driven programming

4.1 The Concept of Event-Driven Programming

Visual Basic 2013 is an event driven programming language because we have to write code for each control so that it responses to certain events triggered randomly by the user. These events do not occur in a certain order. The events are usually triggered by user’s inputs. However, some events are not triggered by the user. Example of  events are load, click, double click, drag and drop, pressing the keys and more.

Every form and and every control you place on the form has a set of events related to them. Some of the events are load, click, double click, drag and drop, pressing the keys and more. To view the events, double-click the control (object) on the form to enter the code window.  The default event will appear at the top part on the right side of the code window. You need to click on the default event to view other events associated with the control. The VB code appears on the left side is the event procedure associated with the load event. Figure 4.1 illustrates the event procedure load associated with the default form .




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Figure 4.1: Events associated with Form

Figure 4.2 shows the events associated with button

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 Figure 4.2

4.2 Writing the VB Code

To start writing VB code in VB2013,  click on any part of the form to go into the code window as shown in Figure 4.1. This is the structure of an event procedure. In this case, the event procedure is to load Form1 and it starts with Private Sub and end with End Sub. This procedure includes the Form1 class and the event Load, and they are bound together with an underscore, i.e. Form_Load. It does nothing other than loading an empty form. To make the load event does something, insert the statementMsgBox( “Welcome to Visual Basic 2013”)

Public Class Form1Private Sub Form1_Load(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles MyBase.Load

MsgBox( “My First Visual Basic 2013 Program”)

End Sub

End Class


When you run the program, a message  box that displays the text “My First Visual Basic 2013 Program” will appear, as shown in Figure 4.3. MsgBox is a built-in function in Visual Basic 2013 that displays a message in a pop-up message box.

vb2013_figure1.7Figure 4.3

* You will notice that above Private Sub structure there is a preceding keyword Public Class Form1. This is the concept of object oriented programming language. When we start a windows application in Visual Basic 2013, we will see a default form with the name Form1 appears in the IDE, it is actually the Form1 Class that inherits from the Form class System.Windows.Forms.Form. A class has events as it creates an instant of a class or an object. 

You can also write VB code to perform arithmetic calculations. For example, you can use the MsgBox and the arithmetic operator plus to perform an addition of two numbers, as shown below:

Private Sub Form1_Load(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) Handles MyBase.LoadMsgBox(“2” & “+” & “5” & “=” & 2 + 5)End Sub

*The symbol & (ampersand) is to perform string concatenation.

The output is as shown in Figure 4.4

vb2013_figure4.4Figure 4.4 

If you wish to close the window after the message, you can add the statement Me.Close(), as follows:

Private Sub Form1_Load(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) Handles MyBase.Load

MsgBox(“2” & “+” & “5” & “=” & 2 + 5)
Me.Close

End Sub

We will learn more about code writing in coming lessons

 

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