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The Visual Basic Guided Tour introduced you to some of the things you can do with Visual Basic Express Edition and Visual Basic 2005, but it just barely scratched the surface. If you would like to dig deeper into an area that was covered in the tour, this is the place to start.


If you are using Visual Basic Express Edition, some of the Help links on this page may be unavailable, depending on the options that you chose during installation. For more information, see Troubleshooting Visual Basic Express.

Program Structure and Code Conventions

Contains documentation on the basic structure and code conventions of Visual Basic, such as naming conventions, comments in code, and limitations of Visual Basic.

Visual Basic Language Features

Provides an overview of the essential components of Visual Basic.

Declared Elements in Visual Basic

Covers variables, constants, enumerations, structures, properties, methods, procedures, procedure arguments, function returns, events, delegates, interfaces, and classes.

Procedures in Visual Basic

Describes Sub, Function, Property, and Operator procedures, as well as advanced topics such as recursive and overloaded procedures.

Control Flow in Visual Basic

Shows how to regulate the flow of your program's execution.

Development with My

Discusses a new feature called My, which provides access to information and default object instances that are related to an application and its run-time environment.

Getting Started with Windows Forms

Describes in-depth how to harness the power of Windows Forms to display data, handle user input, and deploy your applications easily and with strong security.

Enhancing Windows Forms Applications

Describes enhanced features that enable you to build world-class Windows-based applications.

Windows Applications (How Do I in Visual Basic)

This page links to help on widely used Visual Basic tasks for creating Windows-based applications.

Controls to Use on Windows Forms

An alphabetic list of controls and components that can be used on Windows Forms.

Windows Forms Controls by Function

Lists the Windows Forms controls and components according to general function.

What's New in Windows Forms and Windows Forms Controls

Lists the new and enhanced features available with this release of Visual Basic 2005.

Debugging Your Visual Basic Application

This page provides pointers to documentation for the debugging features built into Visual Basic 2005.

How to: Correct Run-Time Errors with the Exception Assistant

The Exception Assistant, which appears whenever a run-time exception occurs in the debugger, shows the type of exception, troubleshooting tips, and corrective actions that may be applied through the Exception Assistant.

How to: Apply Edits in Break Mode with Edit and Continue

You can use Edit and Continue to edit your code in break mode, and then continue without stopping and restarting execution.

How to: Set a Simple Breakpoint

The Visual Studio debugger provides many ways of setting breakpoints. This topic gives two quick ways of setting simple breakpoints.

How to: Correct Compiler Errors with Auto Correction

Shows how to correct compiler errors in the Code Editor through the Smart Compile Auto Correction feature.

Structured Exception Handling Overview for Visual Basic

Discusses and demonstrates structured exception handling in Visual Basic.

Accessing Data in Visual Basic Applications

Visual Basic includes several new features to assist in developing applications that access data.

Displaying Data Overview

Display data to users of your application by binding data to controls on a form. Create data-bound controls by dragging items from the Data Sources window onto a Windows Form.

Data Sources Overview

Data sources represent the data available to your application and are displayed in the Data Sources window.

TableAdapter Overview

TableAdapters provide communication between your application and a database.

Walkthrough: Displaying Related Data on a Form in a Windows Application

Provides step-by-step details on displaying data from two related tables and displaying the data on a Windows Form.

Validating Data

Datasets provide specific events that are raised as values in data rows change. Event handlers can be created to validate these changes based on your particular application requirements.

Introduction to Objects in Visual Basic

Provides an introduction to the terms and concepts used in object-oriented programming.

Creating and Using Objects

Shows how to create and use instances of classes.

Managing Groups of Objects

Provides techniques for working with arrays and collections of objects.

Understanding Classes

Covers object creation and lifetime issues in a step-by-step procedure.

Interfaces in Visual Basic

Describes what interfaces are and how you can use them in your applications.

Inheritance in Visual Basic

Describes how to define classes that serve as the basis for other classes.

Property Statement

Declares the name of a property, and the property procedures used to store and retrieve the value of the property.

Creating and Using Components in Visual Basic

Defines the term "component" and discusses how and when to create components.

How to: Work with ActiveX Controls

Demonstrates how to use existing ActiveX Controls to add features to the Visual Studio Toolbox.

Constants and Enumerations in Visual Basic

Discusses storing unchanging values for repeated use.

Enumerations Overview

Discusses storing and naming sets of related constant values.

Graphics and Drawing in Windows Forms

Contains links to topics that describe and show how to use the graphics interface in Windows Forms.

Getting Started with Graphics Programming

Describes how to accomplish basic tasks with GDI+.

Using Fonts and Text

Shows how to draw text and use fonts and font families.

Using Graphics Containers

Shows how to manage graphics-object states and nested graphics containers.

Double Buffered Graphics

Demonstrates how to reduce flicker with double buffering.

Controls with Built-In Owner-Drawing Support

Owner drawing in Windows Forms, which is also known as custom drawing, is a technique for changing the visual appearance of certain controls.

ClickOnce Deployment Overview

Describes the purpose of ClickOnce and how it solves key problems in deploying Windows Forms applications to client computers.

Choosing a ClickOnce Deployment Strategy

Describes the different ways in which you can deploy a ClickOnce application to client computers, including the benefits and limitations of each strategy.

Choosing a ClickOnce Update Strategy

Describes the different options available for updating a ClickOnce application once it is installed, including automated update subscriptions and on-demand updates.

Troubleshooting ClickOnce Deployments

Describes the most common problems encountered when deploying ClickOnce applications, and how to resolve them.

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