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Visual Basic
Last modified: Tuesday, November 25, 2003 

A programming language and environment developed by Microsoft. Based on the BASIC language, Visual Basic was one of the first products to provide a graphical programming environment and a paint metaphor for developing user interfaces. Instead of worrying about syntax details, the Visual Basic programmer can add a substantial amount of code simply by dragging and dropping controls, such as buttons and dialog boxes, and then defining their appearance and behavior.

Although not a true object-oriented programming language in the strictest sense, Visual Basic nevertheless has an object-oriented philosophy. It is sometimes called an event-driven language because each object can react to different events such as a mouse click.

Since its launch in 1990, the Visual Basic approach has become the norm for programming languages. Now there are visual environments for many programming languages, including C, C++, Pascal, and Java. Visual Basic is sometimes called a Rapid Application Development (RAD) system because it enables programmers to quickly build prototype applications.

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Microsoft Visual Basic Home Page 
Contains links to demos, product information, tips, and FAQs, events and training, links, and case studies.

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Offers a wealth of information for the Visual Basic programmer, including the latest news and information on Visual Basic. There are links to a download area, tip of the month, component information, and bug watch.

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Provides new and experienced Visual Basic programmers access to tutorials, articles, source code, tips and tricks, vendor pages, newsgroups, and related sites.

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