Visual Basic Programming Language

Visual Basics (VB) is a software introduced by Microsoft which helps programming an easy job. There have been many programming languages which have been launched before but VB has made programming easy to even an amateur. The programming platform has visual buttons which gives you default programming commands which help the programmer in writing a program faster. Visual Basics is considered to be the third generation of programming. The agenda of designing this language is to make the user learn and program faster. Some of the functions which are present in this object oriented script language can be performed without coding also. This article gives a detailed summary of Visual Basics and Visual Basic.Net.


Back in 1991, VB was first introduced to the programming world. It has an user interface where the programmer is complimented with drag and drop system. It was designed by Alan Cooper who was working for a company called Tripod. Alan initially developed a prototype generator. Later Microsoft approached Alan and asked him and his Tripod associates to convert this generator into a programming platform. In the process Microsoft has combined Ruby and Basic languages to form Visual Basics. Ruby was responsible to provide the ‘visual’ aspects of VB and Embedded BASIC was used to form the data base. Till date there are 6 versions of VB. This evolution of VB has taken programming to a different plane altogether.

Different versions of VB

  • The first version was launched in May 1991.
  • The second version of VB was then launched in September 1992.
  • VB 3.0 was released in 1993.
  • In August 1995 VB 4.0 was launched.
  • February 1997 saw the first of VB 5.0.
  • The last of the VB versions was launched in 1998. VB6 is no longer supported by most of the operating system which are being designed now.

How to learn VB

Similar to BASIC language, VB is also designed to be user friendly. The language is very easy to learn and implement. The user gets to visually arrange to components and program a function to each of these components. More applications can be applied to these components so that they can perform more functions in complex applications. There are many courses and online tutorials which one can refer and learn this language. Below are some of the important functions of VB by which programming would be easy. They are-

  • Message boxes.
  • Input boxes.
  • For..Next.
  • Do..Loop.
  • If..Then..Else.

Visual Basic .Net

Visual Basic.Net is the latest version of VB which was introduced to the market in 2002. It is generally used on .NET framework. It is also an object oriented computer programming language. VB.Net is considered the most user friendly language. It is all about arranging the components and assigning the codes to these components. The programs developed in .Net framework can be runned on any kind of computer. They are designed specifically in such pattern so that, the hardware of the computer doesn’t be an obstacle. There have been many advantages of VB.Net which are observed by many programmers. Following points give a peep into the most fundamental advantages of this language-

  • Faster program developing.
  • Visual Studio helps in faster programming.
  • It gives a realistic objective to the program.
  • Lot of resources to improve your skills on VB. NET.

Basics of Visual Basic .Net

Let us try to understand the language in the true aspects. For any language to be perfected, it is important to know the basics thoroughly. VB.Net is a object oriented programming language. Object oriented languages are the languages which use objects to associate with a command and then interact with other components to finish a task. There are 3 major sections of VB.Net by using which programming is done.

Classes – Classes are to mention the objects. For example, Canines are a class. This class describes all the actual canines. If there is any canine whose name is wolf, then this will become an object.

Inheritance – When the classes have a sub class then the sub class will automatically inherit some of the qualities of the class. This is the procedure ever sub class follows. In this way object of a subclass inherit the qualities of the mother objects.

Methods – When an object performs a particular task and the very ability to perform the task is known as method or methods. This methods are programmed and coded into each object.