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Getting Started with Visual Basic Express

Whether you are a Visual Basic 6.0 veteran looking to upgrade, an experienced programmer interested in learning Visual Basic for the first time, or even someone brand new to computer programming, Microsoft Visual Basic 2005 Express Edition has been designed for you. More than just a stripped-down version of Visual Basic, Microsoft Visual Basic 2005 Express Edition was built expressly to make programming easier—and more fun—than ever before.

The Visual Basic Guided Tour includes a series of lessons that will help you to quickly get up to speed with both the Visual Basic language and the Visual Basic Express Edition tools. Before you get started, you might want to review some of the topics in this section to familiarize yourself with the capabilities of Visual Basic Express Edition. If you are brand new to programming, you can jump in and start learning with Creating Your First Visual Basic Program, and then come back to these topics later.

In This Section

Introduction to Visual Basic Express

More than just a learning tool, Visual Basic Express Edition provides a full-fledged development environment for first-time programmers and hobbyists who are interested in building Windows Forms applications, console applications, and class libraries.

An Overview of the Visual Basic Express Tool

Provides an overview of Visual Basic Express Edition; a program for creating applications using the Visual Basic language. 

How to: Work with an Existing Application

If you are already familiar with Visual Basic and have an application that you want to work with, opening an existing application is easy.

Starter Kits: Getting Up and Running Quickly

Visual Basic Express Edition provides Starter Kits to help you start writing programs right away. 

Project Types in Visual Basic Express

Visual Basic Express Edition allows you to create several types of applications, including Windows Forms applications, console applications, and class libraries.

Troubleshooting Visual Basic Express

Although Visual Basic Express Edition makes programming easy, it may not always behave exactly as you might expect.

Related Sections

Visual Basic Guided Tour

The Visual Basic Guided Tour is a series of sequential lessons that will introduce you to the basics of programming in Visual Basic 2005.

Creating Your First Visual Basic Program

The best way to learn programming with Visual Basic is to actually create a program.

Moving Forward: Where Do I Go From Here?

Now that you have completed the lessons in the Visual Basic Guided Tour, it's time to move on.

Help for Visual Basic 6.0 Users

Your knowledge of Visual Basic 6.0 will quickly help you become productive using Visual Basic 2005.

What's New for Visual Basic 6.0 Users

If you are an experienced user of Visual Basic 6.0, you will find a multitude of features in Visual Basic 2005 that are new or significantly improved, making development with Visual Basic easier and more powerful than with any previous version.