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Visual Basic (beginners)

The Visual Basic language developed by Microsoft
has developed over the years as from the original, pre-Windows®, BASIC programming language.  The name comes from a synonym of ‘Beginners All purpose Symbolic Instruction Code.’

From the beginning the BASIC language has been an ‘interpreted’ language as opposed to a ‘compiled’ language.  This means that the code that the programmer developers needs other programming information stored on the computer and, using this, is translated into a working program.

Compiled programs, on the other hand, are translated by the programmer before being distributed.  The distributed files can be executed without the need for additional programming capability.

Microsoft's development of Windows® has created a multitude of pre-written functions which the Visual Basic programmer can call from his or her code.  It is regrettable that the developments in the Windows® operating system has prompted Microsoft
to change the way some of the pre-written routines are utilised and so the programming languages used by Windows® programmers are tending to unify and merge into the ‘dot Net’ environment.

We have already stated that Windows® is NOT the only operating system out there.  For this reason, our introductory course continues to teach version 6 of the Visual Basic language.  This is enough for the average programmer to start with and, as it is embedded in most of Microsoft's Office suite of programs as Visual Basic for Applications, is a language worth knowing.  

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