Introduction to Visual Basic Programming Class

Visual Basic is a computer programming language that is used to create executable programs that will operate in a Windows environment.

Visual Basic is an object oriented programming language.

There are many other computer programming languages such as GWBASIC, QBASIC, COBOL, FORTRAN, C, and C++.

Some of you may have had some previous experience working with GWBASIC, which was a programming language used in a DOS environment.  Not many people use a DOS based computer anymore. Today, almost everyone is using some type of a Windows OS.

Those of you who have previously programmed a computer using QBASIC and/or GWBASIC will discover that much of what you learned in those languages will still work in Visual Basic.  Some of the commands work exactly the same while other may require slight modifications, and some of them do not work at all.

We will be using Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 for this class.

This class will require that you pay a lot of attention to detail.  Visual Basic is very unforgiving and your programs will not work if they are not done correctly.

You will be save all your work in your network folder.

Visual Basic can be used to create just about any type of program you may ever need to use. A program can be written to do a specific mathematical operation.  You could create a game. Picture viewing programs can be created.  It can be used to create just about any program you you may ever want.

As with any topic, Visual Basic has a lot of terminology to learn and understand.  Be diligent in you study of the terminology as you will be expected to know and understand the terms for tests.  You will also need to know the terms so you can understand your programs.

Visual Basic programming is not real easy, but it is not that hard to do if you follow the proper steps.  Read the instructions very carefully several times and then follow them exactly.

We will start by creating the traditional first program called "Hello World" just as almost every other programmer has done before you.

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