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Fluent Visual Basic® by Rebecca M. Riordan

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5. The Language, Part 1: Nouns

Here we are five chapters into a book that has Visual Basic in the title, and you discover that there are only three chapters on the language itself. False advertising? No, not really. Visual Basic is part of the .NET Framework. The .NET Framework, and in particular the Framework Class Library (FCL), is big and complex. The language itself, the mechanics of the syntax, is the easy bit.

And the best part is that you already know most of what you need. After all, Visual Basic is just a dialect of English with very strict syntax rules and a limited vocabulary, and you already speak English.

Just like spoken English, Visual Basic has nouns and verbs, sentences and paragraphs. But it doesn’t have tenses or irregular ...

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