Chapter 3. Creating Your First Applications

You've installed Microsoft Visual Basic 2008 Express Edition, so now it's time to create your first applications. You'll start this chapter by learning about the differences between console applications, Windows applications, and Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) applications. You'll then look at the integrated development environment (IDE). As its name implies, the IDE is the application that provides all the tools you need to design, plan, develop, and distribute your applications. You could use any text editor, such as Notepad, for example, to create your applications, but in this chapter and for the reminder of the book, you'll be using the IDE.

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