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What is the use of Visual Basic?

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What is the use of Visual Basic?

Posted : 16/11/2021 10:35 am
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Visual Basic is a programming language integrated with the Microsoft Visual Studio IDE. It was programmed primarily to help novice programmers create graphical user interfaces for Microsoft Windows applications. However, the language's simplicity has made it popular for use in other contexts where a GUI is not required or desirable, such as system administration scripts that only need to perform basic operations on files or folders.


It was originally based on BASIC but has been extended over time to include support for structured programming techniques and took advantage of dynamic typing in its latest versions. It also includes debugging tools, a class library, and an integrated development environment (IDE).


Visual Basic is no longer the only option for building Windows applications. Other languages are available, including C#, ASP.NET, ASP, Visual FoxPro and VBScript. Microsoft has introduced many versions of Visual Basic beginning with version 6 in 1992 after acquiring Ashton-Tate, but at one time it did not provide customers who bought versions of Visual Basic 6 prior to 2001 with access to its 2005 releases. This situation changed in early 2001 when Microsoft announced that they would no longer offer updates to Visual Basic 6 after October 26, 2001.


Visual Basic was initially intended for use in creating Carbon Windows applications which ran on top of Windows.


The version number is often misunderstood. It was not called "Version 6" because it was, by then,six years after the launch of VB 1.0; 6 was simply the sixth major update to the original VB 1.0 that was included in Visual Basic 6 (and which eventually became part of version 7). Don't let this confuse you; what is important to remember is that Visual Basic 6 contained enough new functionality to make it a completely different language from VB 1.0; thus, it did not mean that Microsoft had "made 5 previous versions".


Visual Basic 7 incorporated Visual InterDev (also known as Visual Studio .NET Server Pages). It was a server-side technology based on Assemblies, XML and WCF. In 2005, the visual studio team released Visual Studio Express, which is a Free Community Edition of Visual Studio .NET. Along with this release Microsoft also released VS2005 Service Pack 1 for VS2003 users who have not yet upgraded to VS2005.


In 2002, Microsoft made a major shift in the direction of Visual Basic by releasing version 8 in order to support the Microsoft .NET Framework and its development in a language known as C# or C Sharp that is based heavily on C++ with some slight changes. However, many people will still use VB6 for legacy projects including Microsoft Office Visio 2004.

Posted : 16/11/2021 12:49 pm