Learning Visual Basic

I've learned most of my Access knowledge by purchasing the software and working w/it. I'd like to strenghten my VB knowledge (i'm a novice) through the same method. My question: Should I purchase VB6 software ? Will I gain enough understanding through a "hands on" approach. I understand this is all relative to my programming knowledge, skill level, etc... I'm just looking to start somewhere. I've used Access for 2 years and feel I've 'hit a wall'. I'd like to expand through a deeper understanding of SQL and VB. My main purpose is to strengthen my Access ability...suggestions ?
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MICHAEDAsked:
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mcriderConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Yes, go ahead an buy VB6... It's hands-on friendly and we are alway here to help!


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MICHAEDAuthor Commented:
Edited text of question.
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TimCotteeCommented:
I would agree, my boss has always refused to send me on training courses for VB, but I am amassing a reasonable store of knowledge just by using it. I must also say that EE helps, the amount of tips and clues you can pick up from other questions let alone the ones you ask yourself is immense!
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MICHAEDAuthor Commented:
Are there several VB6 sofware packages, or is there just a specifice one. For example, w/Access you can get the database or developer software. I would just like the basic application for now...if that's all there is.
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MICHAEDAuthor Commented:
Also, can I learn VB as a 'stand alone' application by itself...or do I need Access or something to really utilize the software ??
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mcriderCommented:
You don't need access to do access database programs... There is something built into VB called JET that handles dealing with access databases.


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TimCotteeCommented:
The only thing I think you really need to start getting to grips with VB is a project, something that you are interested in with sufficient scope for you to have to explore the functionality available to you.
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mcriderCommented:
Check out this microsoft URL... It is the price list for the different versions of VB:

   http://msdn.microsoft.com/vbasic/prodinfo/purchase/pricing.asp
 


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MICHAEDAuthor Commented:
I guess what i'm asking is does the VB6 software contain developer tools such as forms, or some other objects to display the results of my VB code tests? ( Besides the module window ) What exactly does the software contain? For example, in Access you get queries, forms, tables, macros, modules....what does VB6 contain ?
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mcriderCommented:
Yes, VB as tools to create forms... you use code to Build tables, queries, etc...  Then you can display the database results any way you want...


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MICHAEDAuthor Commented:
Thanks, you both have been very helpful...take care !
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mcriderCommented:
Thanks for the points! Glad I could help!


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