Visual Basic Tutorial
If you've not already installed Visual Basic, now's a really good time to do so. Otherwise this tutorial will be about as useful as a very large hole in a rather small head. Don't worry - it's pretty straight forward.
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To setup Visual Basic:
- Insert the Visual Basic setup CD-ROM
- Click Start
- Click Run
- Type in "x:\setup.exe", where 'x' is the letter of your CD drive
- Follow the on-screen wizard until complete
Let's run Visual Basic now. The process of opening VB varies from version to version, but in general...
To open Visual Basic:
- Click Start
- Select Programs
- Highlight the Microsoft Visual Basic or Microsoft Visual Studio folder
- Click the Microsoft Visual Basic icon
After a few seconds of frantic whirring, you should be presented with a screen similar to the following:
If you don't have all the fancy icons I have, don't worry. It's not my fault you've been a real cheapskate and bought some cut-down, fell-off-the-back-of-a-lorry version. Ahem.
All those pretty little pictures depict the different types of programs you can create with Visual Basic. But right now, we're not bothered with all the frills - we just want to get our hands dirty with a little code!
- Highlight "Standard EXE" and click Open
A mini-screen with a title of "Form1" should appear. This is the starting block for your application - the screen users will see when they finally run your program.
At the moment, your screen should look something like this...
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