The Legacy of Basic Programming
Since the dawn of the computer age, there has always been a need for structured languages to convey instructions to these complex machines. In the beginning, instructions were simply sequences of holes punched in paper, or teams of people manually completing circuits under the direction of a programming expert.
With the advent of more compact than sophisticated processing systems, called microchips, a need for faster and more efficient programming methods quickly arose. Assembly language, as it is called, is the most basic form of instruction which a processor can almost directly understand. However, most systems of today's design do not require manual programming in assembly. Starting in the late 50s, models for more complicated programming languages were proposed by various experts. These would be interpreted too much larger and complex files containing assembly language which the processors could understand.
These early models gave rise to what would later be known as basic. As computers begin to miniaturize, become more affordable and ultimately more powerful, basic was quickly adopted as the primary language for everyday users to interact with the computers. As such, almost every computer system developed since the late 70s has come with a manual and an input system for some form of basic. Microsoft systems running DOS had QBasic, which later became Visual Basic, once Windows was standard.
Visual Basic offered a new and intuitive way for users to design only functional Windows programs. Offering a point-and-click system to design menus and interfaces, coupled with a very human readable language, Visual Basic became a standard not just for novice programmers, but for entire software firms. To this day, many offices and software developers still use Visual Basic 6 as they are primary method of developing software quickly.
Visual Basic 6 is no longer the most recent form of Visual Basic. When the .Net framework came out around the turn-of-the-century, it introduced Visual Basic.net, which was built upon Visual Basic 6. Now that this newer version of Visual Basic is standard, and newer operating systems can be taken more advantage of through it, there is a new need for people with Visual Basic 6 programming understanding.
First of all, as new versions of Windows continue to be released indefinitely, eventually Visual Basic 6 software will no longer run at all. It will have to be updated to the .Net version in order to continue running. Somebody who is only trained in modern Visual Basic will have difficulty looking at the older Visual Basic 6 programming, and effectively understand it.
Second, many larger businesses have had custom software written for their offices and industries in Visual Basic 6. Until the time when avoiding upgrades is impossible, there will still be a need for people who understand Visual Basic 6 programming to maintain and update the software. It will be at least another five years before the next version of Windows is fully standard (that being version 8), which means at least 10 years before many companies will feel the need to update the programming language for such software.
That in mind, there is also the advantage that Visual Basic 6 is an excellent starting platform to enter the world of programming. Many now very seasoned programmers look back upon Visual Basic 6 as the language that taught them how to program. The newer version also works well for this, but is decidedly more complicated to the uninitiated.
Bearing all this in mind, a Visual Basic 6 certification would serve programming enthusiasts very well for several reasons. If one wishes to enter the general field of programming, it will indicate an understanding of programming history, how basic languages work and diversity with a wide range of software and environments of various ages.
Like with most fields, the best method for obtaining a Visual Basic 6 certification is through online certification. It is, in part thanks to the embracing of computers and programming that this is even possible. In times past, obtaining adult education meant attending classrooms. This is difficult, when one already has a family life and/or a professional life already. Plus, classroom environments also require working at the pace of other students, as well as sharing teachers. Fail to mention the costly tuition.
Online certification is by far more cost effective, can be bent around any existing schedule and eliminates the annoying commutes and classroom hassles. It's important to remember, though, that not all online certification providers are created equal. Only one offers the best for the price, and only one has unbeatable prices on top of this.
The Brainmeasures Online Visual Basic 6 Certification Test
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We work with professionals who have years of experience in all industries. We provide education and, because we believe that experience is just as important as basic knowledge. We adhere to an old Zen philosophy that knowledge without experience is like a boat on dry land. This Visual Basic 6 test is the best of its type.
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