Additional Resources for Visual Basic Programmers

 

Updated: July 20, 2015

For the latest documentation on Visual Studio 2017, see Visual Studio 2017 Documentation.

The following web sites provide guidance and can help you find answers to common problems.

On the Web

TermDefinition
Microsoft Visual Basic Developer CenterProvides code samples, upgrade information, videos, free downloads, and technical content.
Microsoft Visual Basic Team BlogProvides access to the Visual Basic team blog.
Microsoft ASP.NETProvides articles, demonstrations, tool previews, and other information for Web development in Visual Basic.
MSDN MagazineProvides in-depth articles about Visual Basic.
Microsoft patterns & practicesProvides applied engineering guidance that includes production quality source code and documentation.

Code Samples

TermDefinition
Code GalleryDownload and share sample applications and other resources with the developer community.
CodePlexHosts open source software projects. You can use CodePlex to find open source software or create new projects to share with the world.
Visual Basic Code SamplesProvides application, web, and data samples in Visual Basic.

Forums

TermDefinition
Visual Basic LanguageDiscusses the Visual Basic language syntax and compiler.
Visual Basic Interop and UpgradeDiscusses upgrading to Visual Basic and working with interoperability features.
Visual Basic IDEDiscusses working in the Visual Studio integrated development environment.
Visual Basic Power PacksDiscusses the add-ins, controls, components, samples and tools that are part of the Visual Basic Power Packs.
Visual Basic GeneralDiscusses issues with Visual Basic that are not discussed in other forums.

Chats and Discussion Groups

TermDefinition
MSDN Discussion GroupsProvides a newsgroup experience, allowing you to connect as a community with experts from around the world.
MSDN ChatsProvides discussions about Microsoft products or technologies. Each chat is hosted by one or more Microsoft experts. Transcripts are available for completed chats.

Videos and Webcasts

TermDefinition
Channel9Provides continuous community through videos, Wikis, and forums.
I'm a VBWatch these interviews and discover what the experts love about Visual Basic and Visual Studio.

Support

TermDefinition
Microsoft Help and SupportProvides access to Knowledge Base (KB) articles, downloads and updates, support webcasts, and other services.
Microsoft ConnectEnables you to file bugs or provide suggestions to Microsoft about Visual Studio. You can also report a bug by choosing Report a Bug on the Help menu.

The MSDN web site provides information on current third-party sites and newsgroups of interest. For the most current list of resources available, see the MSDN Visual Basic Community Web site.

TermDefinition
DevX Visual Basic ZoneProvides in-depth technical articles for today's Visual Basic developer.
vb.dotnet.technicalProvides a forum for discussion of new features in Visual Basic in the DevX forums.

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