Windows Development for the Masses in Visual Basic

Another significant shift came with the introduction of Visual Basic, bringing the popularity of the BASIC language to the Windows platform. Besides being an easy (and, for lots of developers, familiar) programming language, Visual Basic offered rich tooling support to allow for Rapid Application Development (RAD) where design of interactive user interfaces becomes very easy.

The combination of an integrated development environment (IDE) with simple and approachable abstractions over the underlying Win32 platform, easy data access mechanisms, lots of handy built-in functions, and the capability to develop reusable controls and COM components made Visual Basic a big success. Nevertheless, the ...

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