This chapter's project officially kicks off the coding of the Library Project (muted applause). We'll start off with something simple: building the
About form that provides basic information about the application, including its version number.
Load the Chapter 5 (Before) Code project, either through the New Project templates or by accessing the project directly from the installation directory. To see the code in its final form, load Chapter 5 (After) Code instead.
Our goal is a pleasant form that conveys basic information about the program, a form that looks something like Figure 5-4.
Figure 5-4. Everything you wanted to know about the program
Like any Visual Basic application for Windows, the creation of this form involves two steps: (1) adding controls to the form; and (2) writing the related code.
If there is one area where Visual Basic excels, it is form creation. Programs can be created by the simple dragging and dropping of prebuilt controls onto the surface of a prebuilt form. It's all done from within the comfort and convenience of the Visual Studio Integrated Development Environment (IDE), as shown in Figure 5-5.
Figure 5-5. The Visual Studio environment
The displayed environment includes four key areas, which I've labeled with letters in Figure 5-5 ...