Chapter 1. Language Overview

This chapter provides a high-level overview of the entire Visual Basic .NET language. It is intended to quickly give readers a general familiarity with the features of the language and to help new programmers get up to speed in writing programs as soon as possible. Everything covered in this chapter is discussed in more detail in the following chapters; if you don't need or want an overview of the language before starting to learn about Visual Basic .NET, you can safely skip this chapter and start reading with Chapter 2.

Hello, World!

By long-standing custom, the first example in any programming language book is the following program.

 Module HelloWorld Public Sub Main() Console.WriteLine("Hello, world!") Console.ReadLine() ...

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