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Introduction to Visual Basics 6

Visual Basic(VB) is thethird-generationevent-driven programming languageandintegrated development environment(IDE) fromMicrosoftfor itsCOMprogramming model. Visual Basic is relatively easy to learn and use.
Visual Basic was derived fromBASICand enables therapid application development (RAD) ofgraphical user interface (GUI)applications, access todatabasesusingData Access Objects,Remote Data Objects, orActiveX Data Objects, and creation ofActiveXcontrols and objects.Scripting languagessuch asVBAandVBScriptare syntactically similar to Visual Basic, but perform differently. A programmer can put together an application using thecomponentsprovided with Visual Basic itself. Programs written in Visual Basic can also use theWindows API, but doing so requires external function declarations. The final release was version 6 in 1998. Microsoft's extended support ended in March 2008 and the designated successor wasVisual Basic .NET(now known simply as Visual Basic). Like theBASICprogramming languag…

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