In this lesson, we shall learn how to write Visual Basic 2017 code that involves decision making. For example, we can write a program that can instruct the computer to perform a certain task until a certain condition is met. To write the code that involves decision making, we can use the conditional operators and the logical operators together with the If..Then...Else keywords.
Conditional operators resemble mathematical operators. These operators allow a Visual Basic 2017 program to compare data values and then decide what actions to be taken. They are also known as numerical comparison operators. They are used to compare two values to see whether they are equal, one value is greater than the other value or one value is less than the other value. The comparison will return a true or false result. These operators are shown in Table 13.1
|>=||Equal to or Greater than|
|<=||Less than or Equal to|
|<>||Not equal to|
In certain cases, we might need to make more than one comparisons to arrive at a decision.In this case, using numerical comparison operators alone might not be sufficient and we need to use the logical operators, as shown in Table 13.2. Logical operators can be used to compare numerical data as well as non-numeric data such as strings. In making strings comparison, there are certain rules to follows: Upper case letters are less than lowercase letters, “A”<”B”<”C”<”D”…….<”Z” and number are less than letters.
|And||Both sides must be true|
|Or||One side or other must be true|
|Xor||One side or other must be true but not both|
To control the Visual Basic 2017 program flow and to make decisions, we shall use the If control structure together with the conditional operators and logical operators. There are three types of If control structures, namely If….Then statement, If….Then… Else statement and If….Then….ElseIf statement.
This is the simplest control structure which instructs the computer to perform a certain action specified by the Visual Basic 2015 expression if the condition is true. However, when the condition is false, no action will be performed. The syntax for the if…then.. statement is
If condition Then Visual Basic 2017 expressions End If
In this program, we insert a text box and rename it as txtNum and a button and rename it as OK. We write the code so that when the user runs the program and enter a number that is greater than 100, he or she will see the “You win a lucky prize” message. On the other hand, if the number entered is less than or equal to 100, the user will not see any message.
Private Sub OK_Click(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) Handles OK.Click Dim myNumber As Integer myNumber = TxtNum.Text If myNumber > 100 Then MsgBox(” You win a lucky prize”) End If End Sub
The output is as shown in Figure 13.1 and Figure 13.2
As we have seen in example 13.1, using If….Then statement does not provide alternative output for the user. In order to provide an alternative output, we need to use the If….Then…Else Statement. This control structure will ask the computer to perform a certain action specified by the Visual Basic 2017 expression if the condition is met. And when the condition is false , an alternative action will be executed. The syntax for the if…then... Else statement is
If condition Then Visual Basic 2017 expression 1 Else Visual Basic 2017 expression 2 End If
We modified the code in Example 13.1 by adding the Else keyword and an alternative expression MsgBox("Sorry, You did not win any prize”). When you run the program and enter a number that is greater than 100, the message “Congratulation! You win a lucky prize” will be shown.Otherwise, you will see the “Sorry, You did not win any prize” message, as shown in Figure 13.3
Private Sub OK_Click(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) Handles OK.Click Dim myNumber As Integer myNumber = TxtNum.Text If myNumber > 100 Then MsgBox( ” Congratulation! You win a lucky prize”) Else MsgBox( ” Sorry, You did not win any prize”) End If End Sub
In this program, we use the logical operator And besides using the conditional operators. This means that both conditions must be met otherwise the second block of code will be executed. In this example, the number entered must be more than 100 and the age must be more than 60 in order to win a lucky prize, any one of the above conditions not fulfilled will disqualify the user from winning a prize. You need to add another text box for the user to enter his or her age. The output is as shown in Figure 13.4
Private Sub OK_Click(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) Handles OK.Click Dim myNumber, MyAge As Integer myNumber = TxtNum.Text MyAge = TxtAge.Text If myNumber > 100 And MyAge > 60 Then MsgBox(" Congratulation! You win a lucky prize") Else MsgBox("Sorry, You did not win any prize") End If End Sub
In circumstances where there are more than two alternative conditions, using just If….Then….Else statement will not be enough. In this case, we can use the If….Then…ElseIf Statement.The general structure for the if…then... Else statement is
If condition ThenVisual Basic 2017 expression1 ElseIf condition Then Visual Basic 2017 expression2 ElseIf condition Then Visual Basic 2017 expression3 .. Else Visual Basic 2017 expression4 End If
This program can compute the grade for the mark entered by the user. Is uses several ElseIf statements and the logical operator And to achieve the purpose. The outputs are as shown in Figure 13.5 and Figure 13.6
Private Sub OK_Click(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) Handles OK.Click Dim Mark As Integer Dim Grade As String Mark = TxtMark.Text If Mark >= 80 And Mark <= 100 Then Grade = "A" ElseIf Mark >= 60 And Mark < 80 Then Grade = "B" ElseIf Mark >= 40 And Mark < 60 Grade = "C" ElseIf Mark >= 0 And Mark < 40 Grade = "D" Else Grade = "Out of Range" End If MsgBox("You Grade is " & Grade) End Sub