Microsoft Visual Basic for Windows



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Microsoft Visual Basic: The programming language that refuses to get old

Microsoft Visual Basic is used to develop and compile Windows applications. All files stored in the program can be exported as an executable file. Its features are displayed on a plain and organized interface where you can easily access its progress bar, labels, and buttons. These editing tools are easy to use as it can adjust elements of programming modules automatically, making it a suitable program for new developers and hobbyists. 

What is Microsoft Visual Basic used for?

Microsoft Visual Basic, or VB, is a tool from Microsoft that helps people create computer programs. Unlike some other complex tools, VB makes coding easier by letting developers modify code through a simple drag-and-drop method. It's considered a fast way to develop programs, especially for beginners.

Microsoft Visual Basic can be used to develop Silverlight applications, metro-style programs, desktop software, and hardware drivers. It is integrated with F#, MFC, and C++ functionality, Windows Presentation Framework, and multi-targeting support. The program also inputs XAML code for you so you can immediately launch programs with the Publish button.

It supports a variety of Windows desktop themes, enabling you to create applications that are in-line with Windows operating systems. These should be used together with its syntax checking and IntelliSense intuitive development functionality to automatically find errors and create suggestions. Programs can be created and corrected by dragging and dropping data from your primary database to Visual Basic. This will help you create data-driven, fully-functional applications.

It is important to note that it can create simple productivity and utility tools as it has a lower processing time. Overall, Microsoft Visual Basic is an excellent program for all user-levels as it simplifies your coding experience. Programmers can install this in all Windows devices running Windows 7 or higher with a .NET Framework 4.5.2 and above.

Microsoft Visual Basic features

VB, being a Microsoft product, has some standout features that make it a good choice for both beginners and experienced developers:

Easy-to-learn language

  • VB has a language that's easy to learn, almost like regular English. This makes it great for people who are just starting to learn how to code.

User-friendly design

  • The way VB helps create the look of a program is straightforward. Developers can easily design interfaces by dragging and dropping elements, making the whole process more intuitive.

Fast application development

  • VB is known for being quick in creating applications. The language is simple, and the design tools are easy to use, making the coding process faster without sacrificing efficiency.

Versatility in application creation

  • VB can be used to make different kinds of applications and can work well with other programming languages. This flexibility allows developers to use it in various coding environments.

Supportive community

  • There are many people who use VB, creating a large community of users and developers. This community support is beneficial for getting help and sharing knowledge.

Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) support

  • VB supports Object-Oriented Programming (OOP), a coding style that makes writing and maintaining code easier. This contributes to a more organized and readable codebase.

Useful library of functions

  • VB comes with a variety of functions that help with common tasks. This saves developers time as they don't need to write code from scratch for routine operations.

Cross-platform compatibility

  • VB can work on different platforms, including Windows and Windows Phone. This compatibility ensures that applications made with VB can reach a broader audience.

How does Microsoft Visual Basic work?

Understanding how VB works involves looking at its graphical user interface (GUI) and how different parts come together. VB's design area has three main parts:

Toolbox on the left

  • The toolbox is like a toolkit for developers. It has different components that can be added to the program by dragging and dropping them onto the workspace.

Design workspace in the middle

  • This is where developers arrange and set up the visual parts of their program. It's like the canvas where they create the look and feel of what users will see.

Properties menu on the right

  • The properties menu is where developers can adjust the characteristics and behaviors of the components they've added. This customization ensures that each part of the program works exactly as intended.

In the workspace, developers can add 'Controls' like buttons or textboxes. These controls trigger specific 'Events,' such as a button click or a keypress. Developers write instructions for each event in what's called 'Event Procedures,' making the program responsive and interactive.

Once all the parts of the program are put together, developers can run the application by pressing the F5 key or selecting the RUN option. This simple process highlights the accessibility and user-friendly nature of Microsoft Visual Basic, making it a valuable tool for developers at any skill level.

Microsoft Visual Basic emerges as a user-friendly ally in the world of programming, bridging the gap between simplicity and efficiency. Whether you're a beginner navigating the coding landscape or an experienced developer seeking rapid application development, VB stands ready to simplify your journey.


Microsoft Visual Basic 2019.16.11 for Windows
  • Windows 8,
  • Windows Vista,
  • Windows 2003,
  • Windows 2000,
  • Windows 7,
  • Windows XP
Available languages:
  • English,
  • Japanese
Latest update:
Tuesday, December 5th 2023


Microsoft Visual Basic for PC



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