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Visual Basic is the premier language for developing .NET apps, whether you're into web dev or WinForms apps. I've been coding in VB since 1994, starting on the VB3 platform. Needless to say, much has changed since then!

Explore this page for many of my favorite VB info and tools links. Also check out my articles page for a long list of Getting Started columns (and other things) I wrote through much of the era from VB6 through VB.NET (v7).

The best way to learn any language (for me anyway) is to look at how others write code in the language. There are lots of samples and apps with source code you can look at (links to items are at left).

  • Start at Microsoft's VB Developer center
  • Download Microsoft's free VB 2005 Express and start writing code!
  • Check the VB FAQ
  • Code Samples for VB 2005
  • Subscribe to the newsletter at http://www.codeproject.com/ (covers much more than just VB programming)
  • If you're interested at all in web portals - download the DotNetNuke source package at http://www.dotnetnuke.com/ (written in VB.NET) and use it to learn from.
  • Check the VB books and resources linked at right.

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A concise history of Visual Basic:

  • Project Tripod - sold to Microsoft Mar '88
  • Project Ruby - the first real VB (Alan Cooper)
  • VB1: Thunder, released May '91
  • VB2: released Nov '92
  • VB3: released Jun '93
  • VB4: released Oct '96
  • VB5: released Apr '97
  • VB6: released Oct '98
  • VB.NET (VB7): released Feb '02
  • VB 2003 (VB7.1): released Apr '03
  • VB 2005 (VB8): released Nov '05
  • VB 2008 (VB9): released Nov '07
  • VBX: expect to hear more soon!

A bit more detail is revealed in the Feb 2000 Issue of Visual Studio Magazine, including a sidebar written by Alan Cooper - the Father of VB. Oops - it looks like the new magazine management doesn't send the archive back that far any more...

Read more about VB.NET on Wikipedia.

A concise history of Visual Basic:

  • Project Tripod - sold to Microsoft Mar '88
  • Project Ruby - the first real VB (Alan Cooper)
  • VB1: Thunder, released May '91
  • VB2: released Nov '92
  • VB3: released Jun '93
  • VB4: released Oct '96
  • VB5: released Apr '97
  • VB6: released Oct '98
  • VB.NET (VB7): released Feb '02
  • VB 2003 (VB7.1): released Apr '03
  • VB 2005 (VB8): released Nov '05
  • VB 2008 (VB9): released Nov '07
  • VBX: expect to hear more soon!

A bit more detail is revealed in the Feb 2000 Issue of Visual Studio Magazine, including a sidebar written by Alan Cooper - the Father of VB. Oops - it looks like the new magazine management doesn't send the archive back that far any more...

Read more about VB.NET on Wikipedia.


  
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