Visual Basic .NET
Visual Basic .NET (VB.NET) is the most recent incarnation of the Visual Basic language set. It incorporates standards that make the language compatible with the .NET framework libraries that Microsoft has written to allow for speedier software development.
VB.NET and by extension other Visual Basic languages are Managed Code languages in that the programmer need not worry about garbage collection (the deleting of objects and values and freeing of memory after execution) or memory management. This is opposed to Unmanaged Code languages like C and C++ where such details are required.
- Possession of a copy of Visual Studio (preferably a recent edition)
- Understanding of basic computing concepts in Windows
This is an introductory course in the field of computer programming. It does not require any prior knowledge of computer programming.
This course is intended to teach all aspects of programming with Visual Basic .NET. Please keep in mind that this course is not yet complete and thus may be of less benefit that other sources.
- Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition (90-day Trial)
- .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
- SQL Server 2008 180 Day Trial - Will be used in later lessons
Additionally, for those who are students in highschool or college (an e-mail address with a .edu top level domain is required for this), Microsoft has graciously extended unlimited versions of many of its development softwares for free at the following address:
Software offered (as of 18 Nov 09):
|Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate Beta 2||Visual Studio 2008 Professional|
|Visual Studio 2005 Professional||Visual Web Developer 2008 Express|
|Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard||Windows Server 2008 Standard|
|Expression Studio 3||XNA Game Studio|
|SQL Server Express||Visual Basic 2008 Express|
|Visual C++ 2008 Express||Visual C# 2008 Express|
|Virtual PC||CCR and DSS Toolkit|
|Windows Server 2003||Robotics Developer Studio 2008 R2|
|SQL Server 2008 Developer|
- MSDN Visual Basic .NET Portal
- Visual Basic .NET tutorials for the absolute beginner
- VB.NET Tutorials , Help and Source code