Introduction to Visual Basic Express
If you can imagine a computer program, you can probably create it with Microsoft Visual Basic 2005 Express Edition. From a simple program that displays a message, to a full-fledged application that accesses a database or a Web service, Visual Basic Express Edition gives you the tools you need.
More than just a learning tool, Visual Basic Express Edition provides a fully functional development environment for first-time programmers and hobbyists who are interested in building Windows Forms applications, console applications, and class libraries. Starter Kits and other introductory features make many features of Visual Basic accessible to first-time programmers.
What is Visual Basic Express?
Visual Basic Express Edition is a low-cost version of Visual Basic. It is both a tool for learning to program in Visual Basic, as well as a fully functional development tool for programmers who do not need the full version of Visual Basic. But Visual Basic Express Edition is more than just a subset of Visual Basic: It includes many features that make Visual Basic programming easier than ever before.
The best way to learn what you can do with Visual Basic Express Edition is to step through the lessons in the. When you finish, you will be familiar with Visual Basic tools and concepts—and ready to start writing your own programs.
Who Should Use Visual Basic Express?
Visual Basic Express Edition is a powerful tool capable of creating fully functional applications and components that can be shared with others. It is not, however, intended for professional developers or for programmers that work in a team environment. Other versions of Visual Basic provide features that meet the advanced needs of professional and team development.
If you need to write applications that connect to a networked database, interact with Microsoft Office, support mobile devices or 64-bit operating systems, or require remote debugging, you will need a more advanced version of Visual Basic.
Visual Basic Express Edition does not support development of Web applications; if you want to do Web development you can download Visual Web Developer Express Edition.
The Help files that are included with Visual Basic Express Edition are a subset of the MSDN Library for Visual Studio 2005 Express Editions, which is in turn a subset of the full MSDN Library. If you are connected to the Internet, you can access any Help topic in the full library. If you do not have online access or you chose not to install the MSDN Library for Visual Studio 2005 Express Editions, some Help topics may not be available. For more information, see.