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Small Basic and Visual Basic .NET (for GCSE / A-level Computing)

A good way to start learning Microsoft Visual Basic.NET is by starting with Microsoft Small Basic as it is a simplified version of VB.NET, both these compilers are available free. I would recommended that only a few weeks are spent using this, a key difference for COMP1 is that TextWindow in Small Basic is used instead of Console in Visual Basic. NET

Small Basic comes with a Tutorial (Online) PDF which is an introduction to programming and the language. Reference Documentation is also available this displays all the built in Objects with their Properties and Operations. Microsoft has also written a comprehensive curriculum. It has the feature to graduate to the full version and converts any small basic programs in the process. One of the languages most useful features is that it can publish any program online at a click of a button, providing a shortened URL, but Silverlight is needed for this.

A free version Visual Studio 2012 Express is available from Microsoft. Microsoft has made video tutorials available on its Beginner Developer Learning Center which increase in complexity through three tiers. The first tier introduces the Visual Studio programming environment. The second tier focuses on the key features of the language through forms. Finally the third tier follows the development of an RSS reader, this can be useful for COMP4 projects. They also have an introduction document and 2010 here in the MSDN Library.

For those interested in making dynamic web pages then Express 2012 for Web is a good step after VB.NET. After installing the IDE watching the ASP.NET Web Forms introduction is a good step into dynamic web development.

Key Links
String Functions
VBN File Handling
Good Resource for Console Programming
Home and Learn also offer a very useful, Visual Basic .NET Programming for Beginners.
On Google Books Computing Projects in Visual Basic.NET may be useful.
Microsoft Channel 9 Videos
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