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Declared Element Characteristics

A characteristic of a declared element is an aspect of that element that affects how code can interact with it. Every declared element has one or more of four characteristics — data type, lifetime, scope, and accessibility — associated with it.

In This Section

Characteristics of Visual Basic Declared Elements
Presents a list of all Visual Basic declared elements and the characteristics associated with each.
Explains how lifetimes are determined, how they begin and end, and how they can be extended.
Describes the different levels of scope a programming element can have.
Describes the different levels of accessibility a programming element can have.

Related Sections

Data Types
Describes the kinds of data that programming elements can hold and how that data is stored.
Variable Declaration
Explains how to specify the name and characteristics of a variable.