Visual Basic (VB) definition

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Visual Basic (VB) is a programming environment from Microsoft in which a programmer uses a graphical user interface (GUI) to choose and modify preselected sections of code written in the BASIC programming language.

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Since Visual Basic is easy to learn and fast to write code with, it's sometimes used to prototype an application that will later be written in a more difficult but efficient language. Visual Basic is also widely used to write working programs. Microsoft says that there are at least 3 million developers using Visual Basic.


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To explore how the Visual Basic is used in the enterprise, here are some additional resources:
Linq and XML programming in Visual Basic 9: Visual Basic 9 includes several new developments, including LINQ and better XML. Learn why Visual Basic 9 and Windows Vista appeal Visual Basic developers.
Visual Studio 2008 Learning Guide: Visual Basic 2008: Considering a transition from VB 6 to VB 9? This article discusses Microsoft's efforts to make the move as painless as possible.
Find tons of helpful links in this Visual Studio 2008 Learning Guide.
This was first published in November 2007

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