an event-driven programming language and IDE from Microsoft for its COM programming model. The precursor to VB.NET.

Visual Basic is an event-driven programming language and IDE from Microsoft, designed to be relatively easy to learn and use, derived from Basic.

Note: The successor to Visual Basic is , also known as Visual Basic. Questions that use just Visual Basic probably use VB.NET instead.

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Visual Basic is a third-generation event-driven programming language and integrated development environment (IDE) from Microsoft for its COM programming model first released in 1991. Visual Basic is designed to be relatively easy to learn and use. Visual Basic was derived from BASIC and enables the rapid application development (RAD) of graphical user interface (GUI) applications, access to databases using Data Access Objects, Remote Data Objects, or ActiveX Data Objects, and creation of ActiveX controls and objects. The scripting language VBScript is a subset of Visual Basic.

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