Chapter 1

Welcome to Visual Basic 2012

What You Will Learn in this Chapter

  • Using event-driven programming
  • Installing Visual Basic 2012
  • Touring the Visual Basic 2012 integrated development environment (IDE)
  • Creating a simple Windows program
  • Using the integrated Help system Code Downloads for this Chapter

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This is an exciting time to enter the world of programming with Visual Basic 2012 and Windows 8. Windows 8 represents the latest Windows operating system from Microsoft and is packed with a lot of new features to make Windows programming fun. Much has changed in the Windows user interface, and Visual Basic 2012 makes it easy to write professional-looking Windows applications as well as web applications and web services. Haven't upgraded to Windows 8 yet? No worries; Visual Basic 2012 also enables you to write professional-looking applications for previous versions of Windows as well.

The goal of this book is to help you use the Visual Basic 2012 programming language, even if you have never programmed before. You will start slowly and build on what you have learned in subsequent chapters. So take a deep breath, let it out slowly, and tell yourself you can do this. No sweat! No kidding!

Programming a computer is a lot like teaching a child to tie his shoes. Until you find the correct way of giving the instructions, ...

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