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Special Edition Using Microsoft® Visual Basic® .NET by Jeff Spotts, Brian Siler

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Understanding Programming and Visual Basic’s Role

Before we jump into the technical details of Visual Basic .NET, we would like to answer some common questions about computer programming in general, and how Visual Basic fits into the overall picture. We also want to get you thinking about some important concepts that apply to computer programming in any language.

What Is a Computer Program?

A computer program(also known as an application) is a series of instructions that enables a computer to perform a specific task. A programming language such as Visual Basic is used to translate instructions, as we humans understand them, into the steps that the computer can comprehend and follow. A computer program can be designed to perform a single, basic ...

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