Getting Started with Visual C# and Visual Basic

Whether you are new to Visual C# or Microsoft Visual Basic, this is the place to start. Getting Started Help is a series of sequential lessons that introduces you to Visual C# and Visual Basic. Have fun, and write some great software.

To learn about Visual C++, see Visual C++ resources.

In This Section

  • Walkthrough: Create a Simple Application with Visual C# or Visual Basic
    Identify the basic windows in the Visual Studio IDE, optimize your development experience by configuring a setting, and then build a simple program.

  • Tutorial 1: Create a Picture Viewer
    Build a program that loads a picture from a file and displays it in a window. Learn how to drag controls like buttons and picture boxes on your form, set their properties, and use containers to smoothly resize the form. Get started writing code.

  • Tutorial 2: Create a Timed Math Quiz
    Build a timed math quiz game, where the player must answer four random arithmetic problems within a specified time. Learn how to generate random numbers using the Random class, trigger events using a Timer control, control program flow using if else statements, and perform basic arithmetic operations.

  • Tutorial 3: Create a Matching Game
    Build a matching game, where the player must match pairs of hidden icons. Learn how to hold objects using a List object, use a foreach loop, keep track of a form's state using reference variables, build an event handler that you can use with multiple objects, and make a timer fire exactly once when started.