What is Microsoft visual basic? For me it simple, keep in your mind that Visual Basic
is “software to create software”. With the combination of Graphical User Interface
(GUI) and BASIC programming language you will be able to build the computer application.
Did you ever wonder how the computer application (.EXE files) was build? Visual basic
is one of the way how that files exist. If you click .DOC files it will be automatically
open it with Microsoft Word, it is because .DOC is not an application and it needs
an application to read the data. But what is Microsoft Word? It a software right?
Look at the extension it .EXE, so you are freely to build any computer software with
visual basic. Anyway, on this website I’m going to show you how to build an application
for electronic purpose for example an application to read the data from microcontroller
via serial port.
Microsoft visual basic is free. You can download it here. There are two versions
available on Microsoft which is Visual Basic Express 2008 and Visual Basic Express
2010. Actually building up an application is not only limited by using BASIC language,
but it also available in C++. If you are more comfortable with C++ you can try Visual
C++ Express 2008 and Visual C++ Express 2010. But in my tutorial I’m only cover for
Visual Basic Express 2008.