Getting Started – VB.NET

This article explains how to get started with the VB.NET language.

Normally, we would first talk about how to install the programming language files, and then move on to installing a suitable IDE. However, in VB.NET’s case, we will be combining both of these steps. This is because Visual Basic comes with it’s own full IDE.

Usually we install IDE’s due to the lack of features on the standard IDE’s (in some cases there are none) of a programming language. However, since Visual Studio is already full with all the features you’ll ever need we won’t be installing anything else.

This also makes the installation of VB.NET much easier, as Visual Studio, the IDE for VB.NET will handle everything for you.

VB.NET Getting started Visual Studio logo

First visit the official Visual Studio download page by Microsoft. You can download the appropriate version of Visual Studio for your PC over there.

Follow the instructions given to you by the set up until you reach the following point shown in the image below. This is the selection page, where you get to pick what to include with the visual studio installation.

Coderslegacy VB.NET Getting start with Visual Studio
Visual Studio Language Selection page

Of course, you’ll want to tick anything .NET related. If you have future plans to begin development in either Python, C++ or some other language, you can download those too. (You can choose to download any of these later on as well)

Once you complete the set up, your all done. You can now direct yourself to the homepage and begin a new VB.NET project. The visual studio IDE will help you throughout your coding process with helpful suggestions, advanced debugging tools such as breakpoints and step into etc. It will be worthwhile to take tutorials regarding the use of this IDE to make the most of it.

This marks the end of the Getting started with VB.NET Guide. Any suggestions or contributions to CodersLegacy are more than welcome. Any questions can be asked below in the comments section.

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