Computing Projects In Visual Basic has been written mainly for students of AS / A level Computing, 'A' level ICT and Advanced VCE ICT. The book assumes no knowledge of programming and covers everything needed to write a large program. Students on other courses of a similar standard, such as BTEC National, and first year HND and degree courses, should also find the material useful.
For AS/A level Computing - depending on the Examining Board computing students may need to produce a small project or write a number of programs for the 'AS' part of the course. For 'A' level a substantial piece of programming may be needed. The theory part of the course covers a number of important programming concepts, which are far better learned through practical programming than only through the pages of a textbook. Visual Basic is an excellent, modern language through which to learn these concepts.
For AVCE students - an optional unit on programming using an event-driven language such as Visual Basic is offered by all the Boards. One of the Boards offers two units. Although the amount of programming is not expected to be as much as an A level student of Computing would do, it is still substantial.
The book is divided into three Parts. Part One goes through all the main programming concepts carefully. These need to be understood by all students.
Part Two covers a variety of topics which for some students will prove useful in their project work. These cover items such as designing menus, printing reports and interfacing with the Internet.
Part Three goes through the main stages of producing a project to 'A' Level standard by using a sample project based on a snooker club. All the programming concepts used in the sample project are covered earlier in the book.
The approach throughout is a very practical one. Running throughout Parts One and Two are 47 programs, with step-by-step instructions explaining how to build them and explanations about how they work. In Part Three you are taken through each stage in the design and coding of the full project, again using a step-by-step approach for the coding.
Publication Date: September 2000
Page Extent: 224pp
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