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Tutorial 1 An Introduction to Visual Basic .NET. Creating a Windows-Based Application in Visual Basic .NET Lesson A. Lesson A Objectives. After completing this lesson, you will be able to: Start and customize Visual Studio .NET Create a Visual Studio .NET solution and project

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lesson a objectives
Lesson A Objectives

After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Start and customize Visual Studio .NET
  • Create a Visual Studio .NET solution and project
    • Solution: container to store multiple projects and files even different types of code
    • Project: stores files for one project
  • Set the properties of an object
  • Save & close solution, project, and form (.vb files)
  • Open an existing solution
starting and customizing visual studio net
Starting and Customizing Visual Studio .NET
  • Visual Studio .NET is Microsoft’s newest integrated development environment (IDE)
    • Includes programming languages such as Visual Basic .NET, C++ .NET, and C# .NET
  • A Windows-based application has a Windows user interface and runs on a desktop computer
  • A user interface is what you see and interact with when using an application
  • A Web-based application, on the other hand, has a Web user interface and runs on a server
visual studio net
Visual Studio .NET

Recent Projects






starting a new project
Starting a New Project

Installed .NET


Type of


Name of


Name and Location

Of Project

purpose of the links included on the start page


Get Started

Create new projects and open existing projects

What’s New

Access information about the new features in Visual Studio .NET and check for Visual Studio .NET updates

Online Community

Contact fellow developers online


View links to the latest news from the MSDN Online Library, including information on seminars, trade shows, and conferences, as well as training opportunities offered by Microsoft

Search Online

Search the MSDN Online Library


Access the latest product updates and sample code available for download

XML Web Services

Search for XML Web Services to include in your applications, and publish your own XML Web services

Web Hosting

Post Web applications, for a fee, on servers provided by third-party Internet Service Providers

My Profile

Customize various program settings in the IDE

Purpose of the Links Included on the Start Page
visual basic net


Visual Basic .NET




Form object



more on the toolbox
More on the Toolbox

Appendix A p. 721 has a complete list

The first tools we will use include:

  • Button
  • Label
  • Textbox
more on the properties window
More on the Properties Window

The first properties we will change include:

  • Name – use 3-letter prefix naming convention

See http://www.developerfusion.com/show/52/3/

  • Text
  • Backcolor
  • Background image
  • Size – measured in pixels
  • Start position/location
the code window
The Code Window

Double click on an object to open to code window.

For example, at the top of the code window:

Public Class Form1

Inherits System.Windows.Forms.Form

Form1 is the object name

All visual studio .net objects are derived from system

Windows is derived from class system

Forms is derived from class windows

Form is derived from class forms