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Starting VB programming.

Well, I am going to do a little bit of Visual Basic programming.
 I have on and off experience with c, c#, perl  & java, so what starters will you guys suggest for me
Particular info I will be needing should include.
1. The ide  (1 best free choice and one low/med cost)
2. The compiler ?
3. A suitable guide/tutorial/ to get me started making my GUI's
(specially with playing around with files, thats what I want to do primarily)

Any other things you can suggest.
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arkoak
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DhaestCommented:
Why vb6 and not vb.net or c# ?

I would suggest to use visual studio (for vb6). The design of your GUI's is the same as in c#
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DarkoLordCommented:
I suggest you use Visual Basic Express IDE, which is free and very good:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/express/vb/

The compiler is shipped together with the .NET framework, so you don't have to worry about that.

Then check this for some tutorials:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/express/beginner/windows/tier1/
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DarkoLordCommented:
If you want to use VB6 instead of VB.NET (I strongly recommend using .NET), then you'll have to use the old Visual Studio 6 as IDE/compiler.
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arkoakAuthor Commented:
I think I will be using VB.NET, I was not clear in my question, sorry about that.
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DhaestCommented:
If you're choosing vb.net (luckily), then I would suggest the same as DarkoLord.
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arkoakAuthor Commented:
ok, I have checked out http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/express/vb/, its pretty good and I think more then enough for my requirements. But there is one thing I want to know, when I visually design a form, I cannot see the detailed code behind it.

For example, I place a component on a form1 in my project, and set its size to x1 & y1.
How can I see the values x1 and y1 in code. The code I can see in *.vb files does not seem to contain this.

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DhaestCommented:
I guess you need to turn on "show all files". For each form there wil be a formname.Designer.Vb class which holds all the x,y-coordinates and other properties of all the controls
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DhaestCommented:
Depending of the version you're using, (fe 1.1) there can also be a "Windows Form Designer generated code"-region in your code
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arkoakAuthor Commented:
ok. pretty simple the last one.
Thanks all for the help.
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