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Advice on VB.NET training

Discussion in 'Software Development' started by kirstymoore, Jul 17, 2012.

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  1. kirstymoore

    kirstymoore Thread Starter

    Jul 17, 2012
    I used to be a bit of a demon on a PC using Excel 2003. I even dabbled in a bit of Visual Basic and got some quite swanky reports going.
    Move forward 10 years and I have a Mac at work (don't find Excel very good on this) and at home work on a Windows laptop with the dreaded Excel 2010, which I have never liked and therefore rarely use.
    Fortunately I also have access to an old PC which still has Excel 2003 on it, and being the geriatric I am, I tend to do most of my Excel work on that. The problem is that everyone else at work is on a Mac, and the Excel files generated on the PC don't work (formulas and macros) when emailed to the Macs.
    So now I have decided I need to update my Excel files and get them working on the Macs.
    As part of this, I need to get up to speed on VB.Net.
    Do you have any advice on a good way to grasp the basics so that I can start playing around?
    Any advice welcome.
  2. stuartweb


    Jul 19, 2012
    I currently know very little about VB code and want to learn for use in
    MS office applications such as Access and Excel, while also learning
    how to write some login scripts using VBS. The only option as far as
    company paid training that I have locally is an introduction class to
    VB .Net programming.
  3. loserOlimbs


    Jun 19, 2004

    What are you trying to accomplish with VB.NET? VB can make some great front ends, but it is not really a database / reporting platform.

    Excel 2010 is WAY more powerful than 2003, and that tends to break alot of old functionality (Pivot tables, conditional formatting...) Depending on what you are doing... Learning 2010 might be a better call. Or maybe picking up a real reporting / database platform. SQL / SQLite are two thoughts.
  4. loserOlimbs


    Jun 19, 2004
    Stuartweb - Please start your own thread. We want to help, but it doesn't work well helping two people with their questions in the same thread.
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