Visual Studio Community 2015 can be downloaded from the link below. You need to have a Microsoft account to download the package.
After clicking on the link above, the following download page appears:
Figure 1.1: Visual Studio Community 2015 Download Page
As our tutorial was written based on community version, you will download the free Visual Studio 2015 Community version. After clicking on the download link, the installation file vs_community.exe will be downloaded into your hard drive. Click on the file to start the installation process. You can choose default installation or custom installation.
However, if you just wish to develop applications for desktop, we advise you to download Visual Studio Express 2015 for desktop from the following link:
1.2 Visual Studio Community 2015 Start Page
When you first launch Visual Studio Community 2015, the following start Page appears, as shown in Figure 1.2
Now click on New Project under Start to launch the New Project window, as shown in Figure 1.3
1.3 Visual Basic Community 2015 Integrated Development Environment
Upon clicking Windows Form Application, the Visual Basic Community 2015 Integrated Development Environment appears, as shown in Figure 1.4. You can see that the name of the project you entered earlier appears on the top right corner of the IDE.
Figure 1.4: Visual Basic 2015 IDE
Visual Basic Community 2015 IDE comprises a few windows, the Form window, the Solution Explorer window and the Properties window. It also consists of a toolbox which contains many useful controls that allow a programmer to develop his or her Visual Basic 2015 programs.
Now, we shall proceed to show you how to create your first program in Visual Basic 2015. First, change the text of the form to My First VB2015 Program in the properties window, it will appear as the title of the program. Next, insert a button and change its text to Show Message. The design interface is shown in Figure 1.5
Figure 1.5 The Design Interface
Click on the Show Message button to bring up the code window and enter the following statement between Private Sub and End Sub procedure, as shown in Figure 1.6
Figure 1.6: Visual Basic 2015 Code Window
The function MsgBox is a built-in function of Visual Basic 2015 and it will display the text enclosed within the brackets.
Now you have created your first program in Visual Basic 2015, we shall learn more Visual Basic 2015 programming techniques in coming lessons.