“Introduction to Visual Basic 2008 Express Edition” (VB), created by MSDN (Microsoft Developer Network), is an easy and fun way to learn what you can do with this version of Visual Basic. Basically, this introduction is a lesson on video format, that covers the most important topics about developing applications on Visual Basic 2008 Express Edition. These topics, chronologically ordered, are the following:
• Creating a Project
• The Windows Form Designer
• Writing Visual Basic code
• Compiling, Running and Saving your Project
• Errors and Debugging
• Project Files, Properties and Customization
• Where to go from here
You can either take this lesson on-line from the MSDN web page, or you can download it to your computer, so you don’t need to be connected during your study time.
When you download and install this lesson , one new folder named “Introduction to Visual Basic 2008 Express Edition” will be created with the following three files:
1. “Introduction to Visual Basic 2008 Express Edition.wmv”, a 36 minutes Windows Media Video file containing the lesson itself;
2. “Introduction to Visual Basic 2008 Express Edition Transcript.doc”, a 12 pages Microsoft Word document with the video transcription;
3. “EULA.ftr”, a Rich Text Format document containing license information;
This video lesson is the best way to begin studying Visual Basic 2008 Express Edition, and also the less time consuming one. After taking this lesson, you can go on and take the “Absolute Beginner’s Series VB Series” course, a collection of fifteen lessons created also by MSDN. The course provides a deeper introduction to Visual Basic 2008 Express Edition, and is oriented to people interested in designing and building Windows based applications. If you’re reading this, it’s pretty sure that you’re one of those people.
Back to the lesson description, we have to mention that it is available for free for anyone who’s eager to learn, and doesn’t require any prerequisites.