How to…program in Visual Basic? A blog about learning how to program in visual basic.


This blog is to help anyone who wants to learn how to program in visual basic. This blog will give you step by step instructions along with screenshots of what you should see on your screen. If you have any questions please feel free to send me a message and I will get back with you as soon as possible.

Thanks,

John

When I started writing this blog, the first thing that came to my mind was the following question – how to program in Visual Basic?

I got started with Visual Basic in 2008. It was my second high-level programming language. The first one was Matlab, and it was a terrible experience. So I have decided that Visual Basic will be my first “real” programming language.

I learned Visual Basic by reading a book “Visual Basic 6 black book” by Steven Holzner. I have also read several books on Java and C++, but since I had already learned the basics of programming from Visual Basic, those books were not very useful for me.

The second most important thing that helped me learn Visual Basic was reading articles on the web about how to program in different languages (such as C++, Python and many others).

In this blog you will find articles about different topics: how to learn programming (Python or C++), how to use Visual Studio, how to create Windows applications in Visual Basic and much more.

This blog is about my experiences learning Visual Basic Programming. I am taking a course on VB and want to use this blog to document the experience. I am new to programming, so please be gentle in your comments.

What is Visual Basic?

Visual Basic is a programming language that can be used to create simple or complex user interfaces. It can be used in the development of programs, web pages and mobile applications.

Visual Basic is basically an event driven programming language that consists of a code editor and a visual designer. The code editor is where the programmer types in codes for the program and the visual designer is where the programmer arranges controls (such as buttons, text boxes, drop downs etc) in a layout window to create the user interface of the program.

Visual Basic contains many built in functions to ease the difficulty of programming. It also contains many third party libraries that can be used to do more complex tasks such as creating charts, games and animations.

There are two versions of Visual basic. Visual Basic 6 which was launched in 1998 and Visual Basic .NET which was launched in 2002. Visual Basic 6 is not supported by Microsoft anymore while Visual basic .net is still being supported by Microsoft (and will probably be supported for another decade or two). This blog will focus on teaching you how to program using Visual basic .net.

Visual Basic is a computer programming language that allows you to create executable programs, in other words, the exe files that run a program. Visual Basic is often referred to using just the initials VB. Visual Basic was developed by Microsoft and was derived from BASIC, which stands for Beginner’s All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code.

Visual Basic can be used to create almost any type of program, but it has been widely accepted as the language of choice for creating business programs and utilities. It is an extremely powerful programming language and has been in use since 1991, so there are plenty of resources on how to use it online. The most recent version of Visual Basic is Visual Basic .NET (VB.NET), although most people still refer to it simply as Visual Basic or even VB.

The first thing to do is to download the Visual Basic Express Edition software. This is free, and available from here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/express/vb/. Download this, and install it on your machine.

When you have installed the software, go to the Start Menu, and under Microsoft Visual Studio 2008, open Microsoft Visual Basic 2008.

You will see a screen that looks similar to this:

![image](https://github.com/Wendy-Zhang-2018/Write_software_better_by_writing_better_software/blob/master/visual%20basic%202.png)

The next action is to create a new project for your programming tasks. To do this, click on the New Project button on the bar at the top of the screen (circled in red in the picture). A menu will appear which allows you to choose what sort of project you want to build. We want a Windows Forms Application for now – so select it from the list as shown below:

![image](https://github.com/Wendy-Zhang-2018/Write_software_better_by_writing_better_software/blob

So you want to learn how to program, but you don’t know where to start? Well, first you have to decide what it is that you want to achieve. Do you want to make video games? Or do you want to create database applications? Maybe you want to make websites or mobile apps. Whatever it is that you want to do, that will determine which programming language(s) you should learn.

Programming languages are basically a set of commands or instructions that the computer can understand and follow. Some languages are easier for beginners than others. For example, if you’re interested in making video games, I would recommend starting with Game Maker since it’s very easy to use and has a graphical interface. Visual Basic is another great beginner’s language because of its visual development environment and use of BASIC (Beginner’s All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code), which is very easy to learn. In addition, the .NET Framework used by VB makes it easy for programs written in one .NET language (e.g., C


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