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Starter Kits: Getting Up and Running Quickly

Think of a starter kit as a template or model program you can use to learn new tools and programming techniques and to easily build a working program. Starter kits include code samples, documentation, and other helpful resources.

You can use a starter kit as is, or customize it. You can share it easily with friends and coworkers, or other members of the Visual Basic community. All Microsoft Visual Basic 2005 Express Edition starter kits include tutorials to help you customize the kit. In addition, all code includes comments to help you understand how it works.

Visual Basic Express Edition includes two starter kits. You can find Visual Basic starter kits in the New Project dialog box, accessible from the File menu. Select the one you want, and get started!

Starter Kit: My Movie Collection

The My Movie collection starter kit is a sample application designed to help you organize your movie collection and look up information online. The application is highly customizable—you can personalize it and change it to organize something else you collect.

You can use the My Movie collection, when built, to do the following:

  • Include descriptive information about your movie collection.

  • Store and save the information in a database.

  • Search online for information about your movies.

Starter Kit: Screen Saver

The Screen Saver starter kit helps you create a Windows Screen Saver that displays live Internet RSS feeds on your computer monitor. The project comes ready to compile and run, but it is easy to customize.

Some easy customizations include:

  • Selecting your own built-in default image

  • Setting multiple background images.

  • Modifying the list of RSS feeds.

  • Building your own screen saver.

  • Using XML Web services to display information, for example, showing weather information.

The first step to getting your starter kit up and running is loading the kit. You can then run the application and see some of the simple tasks you can accomplish with it.

To load and run the application

  1. On the File menu, click New Project.

  2. In the New Project dialog box, click the starter kit you want from the list of Visual Studio installed templates, and then click OK.

    The starter kit project is loaded.

    NoteNote

    You can change the name of your version of the application in the Name box.

  3. Press F5 to run the application.

  4. Follow the steps in the starter kit tutorial to start understanding and customizing your application.

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