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Visual Basic Express 2010

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  • I am trying to write a login/logout program for a local Senior Citizen Center. It has been awhile since I wrote any programs so I downloaded Visual Basic Express and started to surf the net looking for help. I found a tutorial showing how to set up a “contact table”. This seemed to be pretty close to what I wanted to do so I started following the steps. When I reached a point where I needed to add a “Service Based Database” I got an error message saying “server not found…”. What server? Is this something else I need? The tutorial seemed so simple and straightforward compared to many others. There were so many references to “Visual Studio, Visual basic.net , Access, etc. that I was thoroughly confused. Can someone please advise what I need to complete this project?

    Monday, May 21, 2012 7:13 PM

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  • On 5/22/2012 9:59 AM, gm1924 wrote:
    > When I visit this site, I am presented with a list of 11 downloads and
    > told to make my own choices. Although I have written programs in the
    > past, I am not a developer and have no intention of becoming one.
    > However, as I pointed out in my first post, I saw an opportunity to
    > provide assistance to a worthy organization. Since I am retired, I no
    > longer have access to networks with extensive resources. I do have a
    > good desktop PC and a laptop. I also have lots of time! I am confident
    > that I will become familiar enough with the new version of Visual Basic
    > and be able to write a functional program with a good user interface. I
    > am not sure how I will use SQL but it should be a good learning
    > experience. Sorry for the long dissertation, but I thought it might help
    > you provide me with an answer to my question. What should I download?
     
    VB Express 2010, SQL Server Express 2008 and SQL Server 2008 Express
    Management Studio is what you need to download.
     
    Tuesday, May 22, 2012 2:17 PM

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  • Hi,

    A « Service Based Database » is just that, a database you can reach by a network protocol.
    So, I guess you don’t have SQL Server (or SQL Server Express) installed. If installed, then the “Service” may not be running, or the server is remote and is not reachable (network problem)
    ç that last assumption is unlikely, because it gives another error message.

    VB is language, Visual Studio is a tool that speeds up programming with VB (among other languages).
    Access and SQL Server are database engines, and not the only one.

    To complete this project, you need to know that (maybe you already know, but…):

    Every software is to some extent unique, so you have to decide:

    • What are the requirements?
    • What are the goals (functionality, features or whatever you want to call them)?
    • What are the risks: Is security and issue, maybe performance is an issue…?
    • Networks are involved?
    • ... etc.

    Then you will know what you want to opt for.


    Peace & Love

    Monday, May 21, 2012 8:36 PM
  • Without knowing the actual tutorial it's difficult to say.

    However, from what you describe it looks like you need to store data in a database of some sort. SQL Server Compact or Express are probably the most useful.


    Regards David R
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    Monday, May 21, 2012 8:38 PM
  • send us a link to the tutorial and where you are when you get stuck.

    as for the DB, I recommend MS SQL Express. its free, and has most of the features a dev could want.

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29062

    Monday, May 21, 2012 9:26 PM
  • Thanks to all. I realize now that I will need a database before I can use the program shown in the tutorial. Part of my confusion was an assumption that a Visual Basic tutorial would not expect me to have anything more than VB installed on my computer.
    Monday, May 21, 2012 10:40 PM
  • When I visit this site, I am presented with a list of 11 downloads and told to make my own choices. Although I have written programs in the past, I am not a developer and have no intention of becoming one. However, as I pointed out in my first post, I saw an opportunity to provide assistance to a worthy organization. Since I am retired, I no longer have access to networks with extensive resources. I do have a good desktop PC and a laptop. I also have lots of time! I am confident that I will become familiar enough with the new version of Visual Basic and be able to write a functional program with a good user interface. I am not sure how I will use SQL but it should be a good learning experience. Sorry for the long dissertation, but I thought it might help you provide me with an answer to my question. What should I download?
    Tuesday, May 22, 2012 1:59 PM
  • On 5/22/2012 9:59 AM, gm1924 wrote:
    > When I visit this site, I am presented with a list of 11 downloads and
    > told to make my own choices. Although I have written programs in the
    > past, I am not a developer and have no intention of becoming one.
    > However, as I pointed out in my first post, I saw an opportunity to
    > provide assistance to a worthy organization. Since I am retired, I no
    > longer have access to networks with extensive resources. I do have a
    > good desktop PC and a laptop. I also have lots of time! I am confident
    > that I will become familiar enough with the new version of Visual Basic
    > and be able to write a functional program with a good user interface. I
    > am not sure how I will use SQL but it should be a good learning
    > experience. Sorry for the long dissertation, but I thought it might help
    > you provide me with an answer to my question. What should I download?
     
    VB Express 2010, SQL Server Express 2008 and SQL Server 2008 Express
    Management Studio is what you need to download.
     
    Tuesday, May 22, 2012 2:17 PM