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Looking over the net for a few MySQL/ related tutorials I came across this tutorial at the MySQL website:-

Loading a search MySQL data with DataGrid in 2005 (but should work with 2008 too!)

This also looks rather interesting, Its a GUI for MySQL development (my be worth a look??)


Since downloading and installing Microsoft VB .net 2008 Express edition yesterday and then playing with it last night whilst at home I managed to build a simple application to connect to a MySQL database and show table records (with corrisponding data using a ‘JOIN’ statement) and I must say I throughly enjoyed it.

A couple of days ago I started playing with the JAVA JDK6 (Update 10) using NetBeans and although NetBeans comes bundled with a few sample apps even looking at the code I didn’t really understand what the JAVA source was doing however really did seem simple and I felt that I understood what the code was doing.

I now intend to start and play with, Create a few application etc.

Since developing software for the internet mainly using PHP as well as ColdFusion I have always used MySQL for a number of reasons really…

  • Supported well by the community
  • Its Opensource (Free)
  • Owned by one of the Technoligy giants (Sun Microsystems)

As I have always really used MySQL and am comfortable with it, I still intend to keep using it and most of my applications I will be building will be using MySQL as its back end. – However now Microsoft have released SQL Server 2008 Express edition which is also freely avaliable (with some limitations however) I may even use that from time to time.

So how is VB .net 2008 going to help me, what will I be using it for?? – Well to be honest I’ve never really gotten into developing System Applications and in the past have dedicated my time to developing Web Applications but everyday I see solutions that I feel would definetly work well in conjunction with certain web applications I have developed in the past for example:-

  • Bug Tracking systems – Client to add a bug directly from a user desktop.
  • Bug Tracking systems – Developers task list application.
  • Social network sites – Instant Messenger based on friends list.
  • Software Deployment suite – Download and install client (running as a service)
  • Corporate Web Applications – BackOffice tool to create, edit and ammend records.

Really the list is endless with what you can do and I intend on furthering my knowledge with this language and implement database connected applications for many of my exisiting projects.

Looking at the following URL, I found it quite interesting as to how and programming in general connects to a TCP socket to send and retrieve data back and fowards to servers and clients on the interenet, Check out the following URL (is a howto to  make a Messanger service for Windows Servers/Clients…

Creating a web browser is an extremly simple task. So much so that it’s a great way to introduce yourself the the language. We shall be using the full version of Visual Basic .Net 2008, but the express editions will work Perfectly fine. Let’s get started shall we?

First open VB and create a new Windows Forms Application. You should name your application something that is easy to remember so you don’t forgot what the folder is called, in this example I shall name it, creatively, browser.


Now you should have a empty .Net window. Here we shall start designing our browser. Using the toolbox on the right (if you can’t see the toolbox you


can open it with control, alt and x) we want to drag over the ‘Web Browser’ Control, contained in the Common Controls box. By default the Web Browser control will take up the whole application, we want to undock it so click the browser once and find the small arrow on the top right (see image below)


And then click the ‘Undock in Parent Container’. Now we can grab the edges of the web browser control and change it’s size. Ideally we want something the web browser to leave 60 pixels on the top of the windows application. Think about the browsers you’ve used and leave that amount of space for a toolbar. When you have the size of the browser window you want we need to make it expand when the main window expands. We do this by clicking once again on the browser window, then on the right looking in the properties menu and finding anchor. Here we click the drop down box and select the bottom, left and right and top. This will force the browser to expand to the right, left, bottom and top when the main window expands. Without this the browser would just stay the same size.


Now in the space above the browser window we want to drag a Panel. You can catch the panel in the toolbox section, containers. A panel will enable us to collectively manage it’s objects, while also helping in the aspect of design. Resize the panel to hit each of the main windows edges and the very top of the browser element. You can use the arrow keys on the keyboard to align the panel. Once again we want to anchor the panel. This time we want to anchor to the top, right and left. We should now have something very much alike to what’s below


Now we want users to be able to navigate the browser to certain locations using an address bar. To insert a bar using the toolkit drag a text box into our top container. You can find the text box control in the toolbox, common controls section. We want to move the text box control to the very bottom of our container panel and expand it’s size to around 466 pixels. In the right properties menu we want to rename this text box to navbox.


Now we need to give the user something to click when he has entered the web URL, so for this we’re going to insert a button. We can once again find the button in the common section of the toolbox. Place this button next to the navigation text box. Rename the button searchbutton, then in the properties menu find the ‘Text’ element and type ‘Go’. For design aspects we will change this buttons flatstyle (once again in the properties menu) to Popup. Now resize the button to be as high as your text box.

Ok I’m sure you want to start coding now so let’s quickly move on to making your collection of form items into a browser! Double click on the Go button you’ve created and we should now be shown the code screen. 2008 will automaticlly create some code because you double clicked on the code button, and our cursor should be contained within the Private Sub section of code. Here is where we shall start coding.


Lets explain the above simple but powerful code. We first type WebBrowser1 which is the name of the web browser control we dragged onto the application earlier now we call a properties of the control, in this case we want to navigate the browser window, so, as one would expect we type navigate. Now we use brackets to define the value that we want to send the control. If you wanted to the browser to go to one set location you would use quation marks and then a url, for example


for example However we want to accept use input from our text box. Because we named this textbox navbox we can call it’s value using navbox.text. This means whatever is in the navbox at the time of the user clicking the button will be used as the value. Because it’s not a text string within the code we do not use the quotation marks.

You can now test your browser to see if you can navigate!


If all went well you will be able to navigate to any website. Because it uses the IE control if the user has flash installed the browser will be able to view flash, and do many more things IE can do. Of course our browser is not the most exciting yet is it? Lets add a few more important features for any browser!

First of all lets tackle the all important back button. Without back buttons people will be stuck on certain pages and they would not be able to use the browser effectively at all. For the back button we’re going to add yet another button the the browser, this time above the navigation box. We shall name this button backbutton and have it’s text value as ‘Back’. We shall also add a icon for a better cleaner look. To add a icon we shall click the button once and click the properties window, then find the image option. Click the … next to image which will bring up a window saying select resource and then click the import button and find your back image file. For best results use a 24×24 PNG Transparent button (I use this fantastic one). You now will need to change the TextImageRelation to ImageBeforeText. Now repeat these steps replacing back with forward and TextImageRelation to TextBefore Image.

Let’s get to coding these buttons. Double click the back button to once again return to the code window and type WebBrowser1.GoBack(), do the same for the forward button but replace GoBack with WebBrowser1.GoForward(). That’s all for this sort tutorial, on request I will expand with more features such as a search box, I would love to hear your input!

Click to download the source code!

I would just like to make you aware that the above tutorial is taken from the following URL: I therefore take NO credit for this work, I am only hosting this infomation in the unlikely event that the URL above becomes unavaliable or taken offline.


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