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Project Types in Visual Basic Express

Microsoft Visual Basic 2005 Express Edition allows you to create several types of applications, including Windows Forms applications, console applications, and class libraries. Each application that you create is contained in its own project, and project templates are provided to help you get started.

When you create a new project, icons in the New Project dialog box and Add Project dialog box represent the available project types and their templates. The following project templates are available when you open a new project in Visual Basic Express Edition.

Project Types

Project template Used to create

Windows Application Template

Used to create Windows-based applications that run locally on users' machines. You can build anything from a simple single-window tool like Windows Calculator to a complete application with multiple windows and advanced capabilities.

Class Library Template

Used to create reusable classes or components that can be shared with other projects.

Console Application Template

Used to create command-line applications, programs that run from a Windows command prompt and have no visual interface.

My Movie Collection Starter Kit Template

Used to create the pre-built My Movie Collection sample application, which you can customize to meet your own needs. For more information, see Starter Kits: Getting Up and Running Quickly.

Screen Saver Starter Kit Template

Used to create the pre-built Screen Saver sample application, which you can customize to meet your own needs. For more information, see Starter Kits: Getting Up and Running Quickly.

NoteNote

Although there is no project template for Windows control libraries, you can still create your own controls using the Class Library template. For more information, see Visible Objects: Creating Your First User Control.

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