Operators and Expressions

You'll learn about some basic operators and the meaning of an expression. The operators discussed here are the basic ones, more operators are provided by the Visual Basic 6 language but they are out of this lesson's scope. I will explain them later.

Table: Operators and their meanings 

Operators Meanings                  OperatorsMeanings      
+ Addition>=Greater than or equal to
-Subtraction<>Not equal to
*Multiplication=equal to
/Division&String Concatenation
\Integer DivisionAndLogical And
ModModulo DivisionNotLogical Not
<Less thanOrLogical Or
>Greater thanXorLogical Xor
<=Less than or equal to^Power

Assigning values to variables : '=' operator

The Assignment operator (=) is used to assign a value or an expression to a variable. When you assign a value, its not the same as the Equal to operation, but the value is copied to a variable. Besides assigning values and expressions, you can assign a variable to a variable also


'=' , '+' are the operators.
x,a,b are the operands and 'a+b' is an expression. x=a+b is a statement.

The following program will print 20.

Private Sub cmdDisplay_Click()
     Dim num As Integer, r As Integer, n As Integer
     n = 10
     r = n ^ 2      'n to the power 2
     num = n + r / n
     Print num

End Sub

Output: 20

The Integer Division Operator ('\')

The Integer Division operator('\') eliminates the decimal part after division.

Private Sub cmdDivision_Click()
    Dim a As Double, b As Double, c As Double
    a = 12: b = 5
    c = a \ b
    Print c
End Sub

Output: 2

The 'Mod' operator

The Mod operator is used to calculate remainder.

Private Sub cmdShow_Click()
     Dim remainder As Integer, num As Integer
     num = 21
     remainder = num Mod 10
     Print remainder
End Sub

Output: 1

Boolean Operators : And, Or, Not, Xor

To learn about Boolean operators, you first need to have the concept of If-Else condition. So Boolean operators are explained in Lesson 18.