Visual Basic.Net is a programming language that was released by Microsoft in 2002. Its predecessor was Visual Basic. To program using Vb.Net, programmers use an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) known as Visual Studio.
Although there is an Enterprise version of Visual Studio, a programmer can use free editions such as Visual Studio Express and Community Edition which can be downloaded for free from the Microsoft Website.
The ‘”VISUAL” part refers to the aspect of programming using a graphical user interface to choose, draw and even modify a code written in BASIC programming Language.
BASIC is an acronym for Beginners All Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code that was designed in 1964 by John G. Kemeny, Thomas E. Kurtz and Mary Kenneth Keller in a United States school – Dartmouth College. BASIC is an all purpose high level programming language that is easy to use.
.Net is a framework of libraries designed by Microsoft to run primarily on the Windows Operating System. When a programmer creates a program using the .net framework, it is executed in an environment known as Common Language Runtime (CLR).
The .net library provides programmers with access to a user interface, data management tools, cryptography, numeric algorithms, web applications as well as network connectivity.
Visual Basic.Net is easy to learn and write code with hence there are lots of working programs already written on that language. It is estimated that about 3 million programmers utilizes the .net framework to design, code and implement professional applications.
Programming with Visual Studio.Net
To start using Vb.net, download the community edition . You can choose between Visual Studio 2015 and Visual Studio 2017. The two works fine.
Also make sure that your computer has the following system requirements:
- 6 GHz or faster processor
- 1 GB of RAM (1.5 GB if running on a virtual machine)
- 4 GB of available hard disk space
- DirectX 9-capable video card (1024 x 768 or higher resolution)
Installing Visual Studio.Net
Once the download is complete, you need to install Visual Studio on your computer. You may be prompted to install additional components during the installation.
When the installation is complete, you can launch Visual Studio from Start menu -> Programs.
In the next section, we are going to learn about the different parts of a Visual Basic.net IDE.