Visual Basic Guide

Visual Basic is engineered for productively building type-safe and object-oriented applications. Visual Basic enables developers to target Windows, Web, and mobile devices. As with all languages targeting the Microsoft .NET Framework, programs written in Visual Basic benefit from security and language interoperability.

This generation of Visual Basic continues the tradition of giving you a fast and easy way to create .NET Framework-based applications.

If you don't already have Visual Basic, you can download a free version of Visual Studio that includes Visual Basic from the Visual Studio site.

In This Section

  • Getting Started
    Helps you begin working by listing what is new and what is available in various editions of the product.

  • Programming Concepts
    Presents the language concepts that are most useful to Visual Basic programmers.

  • Program Structure and Code Conventions
    Contains documentation on the basic structure and code conventions of Visual Basic such as naming conventions, comments in code, and limitations within Visual Basic.

  • Visual Basic Language Features
    Provides links to topics that introduce and discuss important features of Visual Basic, including LINQ and XML literals.

  • Visual Basic Reference
    Contains the Visual Basic language and compiler information.

  • Developing Applications with Visual Basic
    Discusses various aspects of development in Visual Basic, such as security, exception handling, and using the .NET Framework class library.

  • COM Interop
    Explains the interoperability issues associated with creating and using component object model (COM) objects with Visual Basic.

  • Samples
    Contains information about samples.

  • Walkthroughs
    Provides links to step-by-step instructions for common scenarios.