Mini-Guide: The VB.NET Development Environment, Part 1

The tenacity of Visual Basic 6 is commendable but to paraphrase Omar Khayyám, the moving finger codes and having coded, moves on. Maybe you've finally decided to move on, too — to Visual Basic .NET. Your first step should be to become familiar with the VB.NET development environment and that's where this 3-part series comes in. This learning guide series contains 24 video tutorials from Microsoft that will quickly familiarize you with the development environment and help you to understand basic features and productivity techniques. Learning can be easy with video tutorials — so get started today.

The tenacity of Visual Basic 6 is commendable but to paraphrase Omar Khayyám, the moving finger codes and having coded, moves on. Maybe you've finally decided to move on, too – to Visual Basic .NET. Your first step should be to become familiar with the VB.NET development environment and that's where this 3-part series comes in.

This learning guide series contains 24 video tutorials from Microsoft that will quickly familiarize you with the development environment and help you to understand basic features and productivity techniques. Learning can be easy with video tutorials – so get started today.

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  Lesson 1  Unified IDE
Duration: 5 minutes, 40 seconds
"With previous versions, separate development environments existed for Visual Basic, C++, and so on. Now Visual Studio .NET unifies all programming languages and project types into a single development environment."

 
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  Lesson 2  Dynamic Help
Duration: 2 minutes, 5 seconds
"The Dynamic Help window provides better access to context-sensitive help information than the previous versions. It displays Help information related to the item highlighted in the IDE."

 
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  Lesson 3  Backward and forward navigation
Duration: 2 minutes, 6 seconds
"Use backward and forward navigation features to revisit previously viewed sections of code. As the number of files grows, it becomes an effective technique for drilling into your code."

 
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  Lesson 4  Customizable Toolbars
Duration: 3 minutes, 6 seconds
"Create a more customizable environment than previous versions of Visual Studio. Add and remove toolbars, customize existing toolbars, and create new toolbars."

 
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  Lesson 5  IntelliSense Enhancements
Duration: 3 minutes, 22 seconds
"Learn about the IntelliSense enhancements in Visual Basic .NET 2003, such as the "Most Frequently Used" (MFU) feature and the IntelliSense support in the Command Window in Immediate and Command modes."

 
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  Lesson 6  Line Numbers
Duration: 2 minutes, 5 seconds
"This video shows how to toggle line numbering in Visual Studio .NET 2003 editors. It also demonstrates how to turn on line numbers for print output."

 
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  Lesson 7  Word Wrap
Duration: 2 minutes, 50 seconds
"This video shows how to toggle word wrap in Visual Studio .NET 2003. It also demonstrates how to toggle word wrap globally using the Options dialog window."

 
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  Lesson 8  Start Page
Duration: 2 minutes, 42 seconds
"This video introduces how you can use the Start Page to access valuable developer resources from inside the Visual Studio .NET. This makes it easy to access information you need during your development tasks."

 
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   ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Brent Sheets is a former Senior Editor at TechTarget and a frequent contributor to SearchVB.com. He founded and managed the popular Visual Basic Web Directory website until it was acquired by TechTarget in 2000 and relaunched as SearchVB.com. Brent offers tips and tweaks about Apple technology at Mactoids.com.

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