Visual Basic Fundamentals: Development for Absolute Beginners

Dissecting the First Visual Basic Program You Created - 03

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This lesson picks up from the previous one by discussing at length each action and line of code you wrote. It discusses the relationship between the Visual Basic code you write, the Visual Basic compiler, the .NET Framework and more. The lesson discusses the concept of code blocks at a high level explaining how methods, classes and namespaces are related. Finally, the lesson shows you where your project files are stored and the location of your code after it is compiled by the Visual Studio IDE and the different types of compilation (i.e., debug versus release).

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    The Discussion

    • charles ansong

      very very good and informative series. good work Bob. You are the best. Keep it up../

    • Ravi

      superbbbb nd awsmeeee, keep it up!

    • Damion Allen

      I cant find out how to get it to show up in my release folder its not under debug drop down im using visual studio 2010 btw

    • BobTabor

      @Damion ... The release folder is used when a release version of the application is created.  To create a release version IN VB EXPRESS EDITION, you must choose the menu option Debug | Build <<your project name>>.  Likewise, the Debug version of the application will not appear in the Debug folder until you run (Start Debugging / F5) at least once.

      IN VISUAL STUDIO 2010 PRO: You first choose the pre-created Release configuration from the Configuration Manager (Build | Configuration Manager ... or the Solutions Configuration drop down box on the toolbar ... next to the green Start Debugging arrow icon) then select Build | Build <<your project name>>.

      I just did this in the PRO version and got this output in the Output window:

      ------ Build started: Project: HelloWorld, Configuration: Release x86 ------
        HelloWorld -> C:\Users\Robert Tabor\documents\visual studio 2010\Projects\HelloWorld\HelloWorld\bin\Release\HelloWorld.exe
      ========== Build: 1 succeeded or up-to-date, 0 failed, 0 skipped ==========


      This points you to the folder where it was released (see the message, above).  Hope that helps?  Perhaps it was outputting in a different directory than you were anticipating?

    • BobTabor

      @Damion Allen: See my comments, above ... I forgot to hit the Reply button.  Doh!

    • drmofa

      I am a physician but had a long wish to learn computer programming language & you are perfect teacher to teach it!

      before i used to get confused assuming that every characters in language may be for main pragramming pupose but in fact not all, some to give a clean & organised look in runtime?! Am I right Sir? Smiley

    • BobTabor

      @drmofa:  Clean and organized DURING DEVELOPMENT -- so that you can read your own code, or others can ... yes.  Some "white space" characters are ignored by the compiler.  Code comments are ignored by the compiler.  Everything else will be processed and eventually compiled by the compiler.  Hope that helps?  Best wishes to you!  "This isn't rocket surgery" so I'm thinking you'll pick this up in no time at all. Smiley

    • Derek

      Bob, I just wanted to say this is a great video! You do a really great job explaining everything clearly, and you are a great speaker! Keep up the good work :) I look forward to learning more from your videos

      - derek

    • BobTabor

      @Derek: Thanks, I appreciate that.  Hope the videos continue to work well for you!

    • Mohamed

      Bob really I appreciate your work , its an ART

    • Chris Markwell

      Hey Bob! I have decided to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh award, and for my activity my goal is to "Learn the fundamentals of Visual basic and be able to create a variety of programs". and this series of videos is clear, easy to understand for an "absolute beginner" and just is really helping me get through my DofE award!!

      I have followed the first three videos and am hoping to continue through the series.

      Thank you for creating this guide, and im really looking forward to completing the series!

      Great Work!

      Chris Markwell

    • BobTabor

      @Chris Markwell:  re: DofE award ... sounds cool ... I'll have to check out what that is exactly.  Best wishes towards your success!

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