A3: Research & bibliography

Possible topics(class examples):

  • Quadratic equations
  • unit converter
  • historical timeline
  • Step by step formula guide
  • grammar quiz

ways to research:

  • VB tutorial on your topic
  • interactive way to teach

GUI design

  • all buttons should work
  • Contrasting colors
  • align the items
  • I need to make the GUI simple, yet effective. buttons should be easy to see and click, and the process by which the program is used should be in a logical manner.

Tutorials/visual basic practice:

Visual Basic 2010 Express Tutorial 1 – Getting Started Hello World – Free Download.YouTube. SchoolFreeware, 12 July 2010. Web.
1st in a series of basic tutorials for Visual basic, this one walks the user through opening a basic program, making a button that links to a label that can be changed by the button click, how to close a program, and publish a program.

Visual Basic 2010 Express Tutorial 2 – EventsYouTube. SchoolFreeware, 12 July 2010. Web.
This second tutorial walks the user through making a form that will change its appearance and text if the user mouses over it, which could be useful for someone making for example, a quiz of some sort.

Visual Basic 2010 Express Tutorial 4 – Simple Calculator Part 1YouTube. SchoolFreeware, 12 July 2010. Web.
This tutorial walks the user through how to make calculations in a program, which will be very useful for me, as most of my programming will include mathematical conversions that will need to be programmed so the program can run smoothly, conforming to the GUI standard of simple layouts, because if the user had to manually make the conversions, then my converter program would be worthless, as its purpose is to make conversions easier to learn and calculate.

Visual Basic 2010 Express Tutorial 5 – Simple Calculator Part 2 – RadioButtons.YouTube. SchoolFreeware, 12 July 2010. Web.
This tutorial shows how to make and use radio buttons, which I have considered using to allow the user to select which unit to convert to what.

Visual Basic 2010 Express Tutorial 6 – Data Parsing Error Checking and An User Friendly InterfaceYouTube. SchoolFreeware, 12 July 2010. Web.

This tutorial walks the user though how to find and correct errors, which can be very common, as one can occur if even one letter is incorrect in the programming. additionally, it walks the user though how a well made GUI looks like, which is very important for my program, as I will have a lot of options that twill need to be easy to understand and sort though.
“Fahrenheit and Celsius Conversion Formulas.” Fahrenheit and Celsius Conversion Formulas. Albireo.ch, n.d. Web. <http://www.albireo.ch/temperatureconverter/formula.htm&gt;.

I have taken the photos of the conversion formulas from this site to add to my program for an educational element for the user, and used the example conversions to help me program the actual math of my conversion in VB
“Opening, Closing, and Hiding Forms with Visual Basic .NET.” For Dummies. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/opening-closing-and-hiding-forms-with-visual-basic.html&gt;.

After I had begun programming, whenever I would run my program and then close the forms, the program would still be running in the background, not allowing me to edit it without manually closing it. using this guide, I programmed the ‘quit/exit’ buttons to completely stop the program when clicked, instead of just closing the form.
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One thought on “A3: Research & bibliography

  1. Ståle Brokvam

    This section needs some work – You have not discussed the research, e.g. what did you learn from the tutorials or reading about GUI design? How will this influence how you make your program? You have included a link to an online unit converter – could you perhaps evaluate it and talk about which features you could use in your program?

    Without analyzing the research sources, you cannot get more than 2 marks for criterion A. For 5-6 marks, you must evaluate your research sources.

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