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Hi and welcome to the first in what I hope to be a series of tutorials explaining the basics of visual basic 2008.

I have been working with this language for a while now and have a solid understanding of the basics however I am not the best teacher so if this is not clear or you don't understand something then just message me and I will try to help.

Towards the end of these tutorials I am going to attempt to teach you some graphics ! When you have the graphics down then you will be laughing.
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Step 1: What you need

You will need a piece of software called Microsoft visual basic. I have always used the express editions and have never had any problem code wise.

This software is what we call an IDE ( Integrated Development Environment ) and basically it does most of the work for you. All you have to do is design it and add the code and the software does the rest.

It uses something called a compiler to interpret the code into something that your computer understands and makes an executable file.

Here is the link to the software: http://www.microsoft.com/express/Downloads/#2008-Visual-Basic

Step 2: Creating your first program -=Step 1=-

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Once you have downloaded the software then open it and we will begin to write our first program !

Use the pictures i have attached to help you.

When it opens up click on the link next to where it says 'Create:'

Select windows form application, name appropriately and click OK.

Here is a helpful website that gives code examples etc.. : http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vbasic/default.aspx

Or, you can also do:

x += 1

instead of:

x = x + 1

Just a little shortcut :)

(You probably already know it though)