While you don't need Visual Studio.NET to create Visual Basic .NET applications, it sure helps. Visual Basic .NET automates the task of creating Windows applications. Indeed, Visual Studio.NET enables you to create a basic Windows application without writing a single line of code! This module showed you, step by step, how to use Visual Studio.NET to build a Windows application.

However, it is important to understand the code Visual Studio.NET has generated since that code is the basis of code you will be writing starting with the next module. The code generated by Visual Studio.NET represents the lifecycle of an object, from its creation, the New method, to its death, the Dispose method. In between, the object's properties are assigned values in the InitializeComponent method using the assignment operator.

This module also gave you tips on deciding which of the several versions of Visual Studio.NET is best for you, walked you through the steps of installing Visual Studio.NET, and showed you how to customize Visual Studio.NET.

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