This chapter begins your formal investigation of the Visual Basic 2008 programming language. Do be aware this chapter and the next will present a number of bite-sized stand-alone topics you must be comfortable with as you explore the .NET Framework. Unlike the remaining chapters in this text, there is no overriding theme in the next two chapters beyond examining the core syntactical features of VB 2008.
This being said, the first order of business is to understand the role of the Module keyword as well as the format of a program's entry point: the Main() method. Next, you will investigate the intrinsic VB 2008 data types (and their equivalent types in the System namespace) as well as various data type conversion routines. We wrap up by examining the set of operators, iteration constructs, and decision constructs used to build valid code statements.
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