Visual Basic 2005 Programming Language

4 Day Course
Hands On

This course has been retired in favour of the Visual Basic 2008 Programming Language course.


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Introduction to .NET and Visual Basic.NET (1 topic)

  • The .NET Framework; The Common Language Runtime; The Common Type System; Visual Basic 2005 features; Introduction to namespaces and assemblies

Language Fundamentals (1 topic)

  • Procedures and statements; Data types; Declaring variables; Assignments; Conversion; Arithmetic and other operators; Control constructs

Types (1 topic)

  • Type concepts; Value and reference types; Fields, properties and methods; Accessibility modifiers; Construction; Assignment; The simple types; The 'Nothing' reference; Static and instance members; Enumerated types; Partial classes

Operator overloading (1 topic)

  • Why operator overloading is useful; When to overload; Widening conversions; Narrowing conversions

Exception Handling (1 topic)

  • Errors vs. Exceptions; The 'Try' block; Using 'Throw' ; The 'Catch' block; The 'Finally' block; Creating your own exceptions;

Inheritance (1 topic)

  • Concept of inheritance; Extending a simple class; Polymorphism; 'Overridable', 'Overrides', 'Shadows' and 'NotInheritable' modifiers

Abstract Classes and Interfaces (1 topic)

  • Abstract classes; Abstract methods and properties; Polymorphism with interfaces; Multiple interfaces

Arrays, Default Properties and Collections (1 topic)

  • Arrays; Array initializers; Multi-dimensional arrays; Jagged arrays; Default properties; Collections in the FCL

Generic Types (1 topic)

  • The need for generics; Writing and using generic types; Applying constraints; Other aspects of generic programming; Nullable types; Generic collections


Delegates must understand the fundamentals of programming and have some prior exposure to object oriented programming, the latter of which can be gained by attending the course "Object Oriented Primer for Software Developers".

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