Creating Your First Visual Basic Program

The best way to learn programming with Visual Basic is to actually create a program. The following exercises discuss the process of creating a program for viewing Web pages.

If you don't understand everything immediately, don't worry—the concepts introduced here will be discussed in detail in other sections of the Visual Basic Guided Tour.

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Step 1: Create a Project in Visual Basic

Describes how to create a project for your Web-browsing program.

Step 2: Create a User Interface

Describes how to add controls to the form to create the user interface of the Web-browsing program.

Step 3: Customize Looks and Behavior

Describes how to change the properties of the controls on the Web-browsing program.

Step 4: Add Visual Basic Code

Describes how to add code to the event handler of a button in the Web-browsing program.

Step 5: Run and Test Your Program

Describes how to run the Web-browsing program to test its functionality.

Closer Look: Understanding Properties, Methods, and Events

Provides an overview of the methods, properties, and events of an object.

Closer Look: Understanding Control Layout

Describes how to arrange, align, and resize controls on a Windows form.

Project Types in Visual Basic Express

Describes the project types available in Visual Basic Express.

Introduction to the Visual Basic Programming Language

Introduces the basics of the Visual Basic language.

Creating the Visual Look of Your Program: Introduction to Windows Forms

Describes how to use forms and controls to create a user interface.