WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS CHAPTER
Versions of Visual Studio
An introduction to key Visual Basic terms
Targeting a runtime environment
Creating a baseline Visual Basic Windows Form
Project properties — application, compilation, debug
IntelliSense, code expansion, and code snippets
Recording and using macros
The Class Designer
Team Foundation Server — Team Explorer
You can work with Visual Basic without Visual Studio. In fact, Appendix A focuses on using the Visual Basic compiler from the command line. In practice, however, most Visual Basic developers treat the two as almost inseparable; without a version of Visual Studio, you're forced to work from the command line to create project files by hand, to make calls to the associated compilers, and to manually address the tools necessary to build your application. While Visual Basic supports this at the same level as C#, F#, C++ and other .NET languages, this isn't the typical focus of a Visual Basic professional.
Visual Basic's success rose from its increased productivity in comparison to other languages when building business applications. Visual Studio 2010 increases your productivity and provides assistance in debugging your applications and is the natural tool for Visual Basic developers.
Accordingly, the current edition of this book is going to start off by introducing you to Visual Studio 2010 and how to build and manage Visual Basic applications. The focus of this ...