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Visual Basic 6

Visual Basic 6

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Visual Basic
(
VB
) is an event driven programminglanguage and associated development environment fromMicrosoft for its COM programming model. VB has beenreplaced by Visual Basic .NET. The older version of VBwas derived heavily from BASIC and enables the rapidapplication development (RAD) of graphical user interface(GUI) applications, access to databases using DAO, RDO,or ADO, and creation of ActiveX controls and objects.A programmer can put together an application using thecomponents provided with Visual Basic itself. Programs written in Visual Basiccan also use the Windows API, but doing so requires external functiondeclarations.In business programming, Visual Basic has one of the largest user bases. With 62%of developers using some form of Visual Basic, it currently competes with C++and JavaScript as the third most popular programming language behind C# andJava.Visual Basic was designed to be easy to learn and use. The language not onlyallows programmers to easily create simple GUI applications, but also has theflexibility to develop fairly complex applications as well. Programming in VB is acombination of visually arranging components or controls on a form, specifyingattributes and actions of those components, and writing additional lines of code for more functionality. Since default attributes and actions are defined for thecomponents, a simple program can be created without the programmer having towrite many lines of code. Performance problems were experienced by earlieversions, but with faster computers and native code compilation this has becomeless of an issue.Although programs can be compiled into native code executables from version 5onwards, they still require the presence of runtime libraries of approximately 2 MBin size. This runtime is included by default in Windows 2000 and later, but for earlier versions of Windows it must be distributed together with the executable.
 
Introduction to Visual Basic
Welcome to Microsoft Visual Basic, the fastest and easiest way to createapplications for Microsoft Windows
®
. Whether you are an experienced professional or brand new to Windows programming, Visual Basic provides youwith a complete set of tools to simplify rapid application development.So what is Visual Basic? The "Visual" part refers to the method used to create thegraphical user interface (GUI). Rather than writing numerous lines of code todescribe the appearance and location of interface elements, you simply add prebuiltobjects into place on screen. If you've ever used a drawing program such as Paint,you already have most of the skills necessary to create an effective user interface.The "Basic" part refers to the BASIC (Beginners All-Purpose Symbolic InstructionCode) language, a language used by more programmers than any other language inthe history of computing. Visual Basic has evolved from the original BASIClanguage and now contains several hundred statements, functions, and keywords,many of which relate directly to the Windows GUI. Beginners can create usefulapplications by learning just a few of the keywords, yet the power of the languageallows professionals to accomplish anything that can be accomplished using anyother Windows programming language.The Visual Basic programming language is not unique to Visual Basic. The VisualBasic programming system, Applications Edition included in Microsoft Excel,Microsoft Access, and many other Windows applications uses the same language.The Visual Basic Scripting Edition (VBScript) is a widely used scripting languageand a subset of the Visual Basic language. The investment you make in learningVisual Basic will carry over to these other areas.

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