Microsoft Announces Availability of “Desktop Applications For Microsoft Visual Basic MCSD Training Kit”

REDMOND, Wash., March 11, 1999 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of
“Desktop Applications for Microsoft® Visual Basic® MCSD Training Kit,”
Microsoft Official Curriculum self-paced courseware for developers who want to learn Visual Basic development system 6.0-based desktop application design, configuration, implementation and deployment skills. The kit is designed to give users the technical knowledge and skills they need to prepare for Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) exam 70-176 (Designing and Implementing Desktop Applications with Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0). The Visual Basic 6.0 exam is one of four exams users can pass to obtain the Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD) credential.

Featuring complete coverage of the MCP exam 70-176 course objectives, the kit includes a 528-page book with step-by-step lessons, self-assessment tools, hands-on lab exercises and comprehensive tutorials. A companion CD-ROM, which includes animation clips and the complete course in HTML format, is searchable by exam objectives, exercises and course contents. It’s an essential learning solution for developers who want professional certification to gain customers or advance their careers, or for developers who want to upgrade their existing programming skills for Visual Basic.

Upon completion of this course, users will be able to do the following:

  • Install and configure the Visual Basic 6.0 development environment

  • Design applications for optimal performance, durability and scalability

  • Create user services navigation, menus, data input forms, dialog boxes, call-back procedures and online help

  • Build and manage COM components, including ActiveX® Controls and DLLs, for business rules or logic

  • Develop data services with ActiveX Data Object (ADO)

  • Test and debug solutions

  • Plan and implement deployment through various media and modes

  • Handle application support, including errors, updates and maintenance

The MCSD credential is designed for individuals who create multitier, distributed and COM-based solutions, in addition to desktop and Internet applications, using new technologies such as the Microsoft Visual Studio® development system and Microsoft Transaction Server. MCSD candidates must pass three core technology exams and one elective to demonstrate their proficiency in solution architecture, desktop and distributed application development in either the Visual Basic or Visual C++® development system. The
“Desktop Applications for Microsoft Visual Basic MCSD Training Kit”
covers the desktop applications for Visual Basic core technology requirement.

Availability, Pricing and Additional Resources

“Desktop Applications for Microsoft Visual Basic MCSD Training Kit”
0-7356-0620-X, recommended retail price $69.99 (U.S.), $104.99 (CDN)) is available now in bookstores and software stores throughout North America, or directly from Microsoft Press at MSPRESS [677-7377]. In Canada, the number is (800) 667-1115. The kit is also available from local Microsoft Certified Technical Education Centers (CTECs). For CTEC locations, call SOL-PROV [765-7768].

Other Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 learning solutions available from Microsoft Press include
“Microsoft Visual Basic Professional 6.0 Step by Step”
(ISBN: 1-57231-809-0), Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Deluxe Learning Edition”
(ISBN: 1-57231-873-2),
“Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Programmer’s Guide”
(ISBN: 1-57231-863-5),

Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Reference Library”
(ISBN: 1-57231-864-3) and
“Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Developer’s Workshop, Fifth Edition”
(ISBN: 1-57231-883-X). For further information regarding learning solutions for Visual Basic 6.0.

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