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4/2/2008 3:02:03 AM
VB vs. VBA
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Q: I am not a programmer by nature. A while ago, I purchased VB 101. Basic stuff. My goal is to become "decent" with VBA. How different is it from straight VB? Will your new VB courses take me in that direction? - Lou

A: Lou, VBA is a close cousin of VB.

VB is a self-contained programming environment used for building standalone programs.

VBA is used with other programs (Visual Basic FOR APPLICATIONS) like Word, Excel, and Access.

My VB courses will teach you the VB language, plus specific controls for use with building programs. A good solid foundation in VB will help you to learn VBA, yes... but there is also a lot of extraneous material you might never need (as there is with any class you take).

If you want to learn VBA, you should study the VBA specific to the programs you want to work with. For example, I cover a LOT of VBA in my Microsoft Access 300-series of classes. It's VBA that's specific to Access.

I will also be covering VBA specific to Word, Excel, and even Outlook in those classes.

Hope that answers your question.

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correct courses for me Comment from Turnditch @ 8/31/2010
I want to design an accounting and inventory control program for my small business.  I am fairly good at excel and have been using it, but I want more.  I have taken your first few courses in access but it does not seem to be right for my needs.  I have just taken the first three courses in VB.  What do you suggest?
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VB Comment from Ron Oates @ 3/12/2010
I write a few programs in VB6 and use access as a database but VB6 only talks to Access 97 and all of our PCs at work have Access 2007. what is the best way to get around this when I have to make changes to tables etc.

Reply from Richard Rost:

Ron, I'm not familiar with any method of connecting to an ACCDB file (Access 2007) from VB6. I've never tried it. I would suggest, if possible, save your Access databases in the Access 2000 file format (which will still work with AC2007 front-end databases). If that's not possible, try a Google search and see if there is a DLL or other code out there that someone has developed for this. I'm sure Microsoft wants you to upgrade your version of VB though.
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Comment from Chris Bezant @ 4/19/2008
I rarely allow updating in my continuous forms in Access. I usually use the continuous form to select a record for processing and respond to a click that brings up a detail form for editing the record. In VB I did the same kind of thing by using a listbox containing several columns and responded to the click so I understand the listbox solution.
I just wondered if I was missing a better way. Thanks for the response and I look forward to the DBGrid tutorial.
You have turned me into an Access and VB junkie :o)
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Comment from Richard Rost @ 4/16/2008
Chris, creating a continuous form in VB is going to be really difficult. I've never actually tried to do this myself. In fact, to be honest, whenever I'm working with a VB program and need to do any kind of database connectivity aside from the most BASIC read/writes, I almost always try to use (or talk the client into) a Microsoft Access solution. You could try using a DBGrid or ListView control to accomplish what you want, but they're not going to give you the level of control that Access would. I'll cover these two controls in a future VB lesson.
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Comment from Chris Bezant @ 4/2/2008
I'd like to ask a similar question but don't know where to ask it.
Having taken all of your Access courses I have been quite taken with the VB ones as well. I would like to interface between VB and an Access database but my biggest problem is not understanding how to produce a continuous form. Can you help please, Richard???
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