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  • 1. Microsoft Visual Basic 2005 BASICS Lesson 1 A First Look at Microsoft Visual Basic
  • 2. Objectives
    • Explain the purpose of Microsoft Visual Basic.
    • Start Visual Studio 2005.
    • Open an existing Visual Basic project.
    • Explain the purpose of the components on the compiler screen.
  • 3. Objectives (cont.)
    • Run a Visual Basic program.
    • Position a form in a Visual Basic program.
    • Exit Visual Studio 2005.
  • 4. Introduction to Microsoft Visual Studio 2005
    • Microsoft Visual Studio 2005
      • Software development tool
      • Allows you to use a variety of programming languages
    • Combines graphical interface and programming code
      • Makes program development as rapid as possible
  • 5. Starting Visual Studio 2005
    • Visual Studio 2005 can be started from
      • A shortcut on the desktop
      • The Start button and All Programs menu
    • Integrated Development Environment (IDE)
      • Program that includes tools for creating, testing, and running computer programs
  • 6. Starting Visual Studio 2005 (cont.)
  • 7. Opening an Existing Visual Basic Project
    • Visual Studio 2005 stores programs in a group of files called a project.
    • The main project file has a VBPROJ extension.
    • The SLN file is the solution file.
  • 8. Opening an Existing Visual Basic Project (cont.)
    • Opening an existing Visual Basic project
      • Click the Open Project button.
      • Open the SLN file
        • That corresponds with the project you wish to open
  • 9. Opening an Existing Visual Basic Project (cont.)
  • 10. Components of the Compiler
  • 11. Menus and Toolbars
    • Visual Studio 2005 menu bar
      • Contains some menus found in other Windows programs
        • Contains some that are unique to this programming environment
      • More than one toolbar available
        • The Standard toolbar appears by default.
  • 12. Menus and Toolbars (cont.)
  • 13. Menus and Toolbars (cont.)
  • 14. The Solution Explorer
    • Solution Explorer
      • Allows you to see the forms and files that make up your program
    • Use the Solution Explorer
      • To access the forms on which you want to work
  • 15. The Solution Explorer (cont.)
  • 16. The Solution Explorer (cont.)
  • 17. The Solution Explorer (cont.)
  • 18. The Properties Window
    • Objects
      • Pieces that make up a Visual Basic program
    • Each object has characteristics that can be customized.
      • Called properties
    • To see the properties of an object
      • Use the Properties window
  • 19. The Properties Window (cont.)
  • 20. The Properties Window (cont.)
  • 21. The Toolbox
    • The Toolbox
      • Allows you to add objects to forms
      • Has tools for creating objects
        • Command buttons
        • Text boxes
        • Check boxes
        • Option buttons
        • Picture boxes
        • Scroll bars
  • 22. The Toolbox (cont.)
  • 23. Running a Visual Basic Program
    • To run a Visual Basic program
      • Click the Start Debugging button.
        • Found on the Standard toolbar
    • Debug version
      • Can be stopped and examined in the IDE
  • 24. Running a Visual Basic Program (cont.)
  • 25. Exiting Visual Studio
    • Exiting Visual Basic
      • Requires that you close Visual Studio 2005
    • Exit Visual Studio
      • Choose Exit from the File menu.
      • Click the Close box at the right side of the Visual Studio title bar.
  • 26. Summary
    • Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 is a tool that allows you to create Windows programs. Visual Basic is a language you can use in Visual Studio 2005 that allows you to easily create complex programs.
    • Visual Studio 2005 can be started from a shortcut in the All Programs (or Programs) menu or from the desktop.
  • 27. Summary (cont.)
    • A Visual Studio 2005 project is made up of several files. Information about a project is stored in a file with a VBPROJ extension. A collection of projects is called a solution. Information about a solution is stored in a file with an SLN extension. To open a Visual Studio 2005 project, you simply have to open the SLN file.
  • 28. Summary (cont.)
    • Visual Basic has some menu items found in other Windows programs and some menu items that are unique to Visual Studio 2005.
    • The Standard toolbar appears by default and contains buttons for frequently used Visual Studio 2005 commands.
  • 29. Summary (cont.)
    • The Solution Explorer allows you to see and open the forms and other files that make up a project.
    • The Properties window lets you view the characteristics, or properties, of the objects that make up a Visual Basic program. The Properties window also allows you to make changes to those properties.
  • 30. Summary (cont.)
    • The toolbox holds the tools that allow you to add objects, such as command buttons, to a form.
    • To run a Visual Basic program,click the Start Debugging button from the Standard toolbar.
  • 31. Summary (cont.)
    • Exit Microsoft Visual Studio by choosing Exit from the File menu or by clicking the Close box on the Microsoft Visual Studio title bar.