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Microsoft Visual Basic .NET Standard 2003 [Old Version]

by Microsoft
Windows 2000 / 2000 Server / XP
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Product Features

  • Begin developing your own applications for the Web using a variety of different development options
  • Quickly construct your broad reach Web applications with the simple Forms Designer tools
  • Begin designing complete Windows applications that are rich and robust
  • Master the power of Visual Basic.NET with this amazing development tool

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 2000 / 2000 Server / XP
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000089GKW
  • Item model number: 046-00856
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 2, 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,008 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Product Description

Visual Basic .NET Standard 2003 is the complete application tool for the .NET platform!


Visual Basic .NET 2003 provides the easiest, most productive language and tool for rapidly building applications for Microsoft Windows and the Web. Ideal for existing Visual Basic developers as well as new developers in the Microsoft .NET development environment, Visual Basic .NET 2003 delivers enhanced visual designers, increased application performance, and a powerful integrated development environment (IDE) to get you on the fast track to application development.

Intuitive visual designers for Windows Forms and Web Forms provide a single development model for building both rich desktop applications and broad-reach Web applications. New support for mobile device application development enables you to use the skills you already have to build mobile Web applications and rich Pocket PC-based software. And with new Windows Forms, developers using Visual Basic .NET 2003 can build Windows-based applications that leverage the rich user interface features available in the Windows operating system.

Find a full assortment of rapid application development (RAD) tools in Visual Basic .NET 2003, including drag-and-drop form design and the popular "code behind" forms model. In addition, features such as automatic control anchoring and docking eliminate the need for complex form-resize code. Controls such as the in-place menu editor deliver visual authoring of menus directly within the Windows Forms Designer.

Customer Reviews

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78 of 82 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Roadblocks, Roadblocks November 21, 2003
All the books I have read on learning VB.NET assume that you really have Visual Studio .NET installed. I keep running into roadblocks on projects I want to try that the standard edition won't support. Very frustrating. I checked out their website before I bought. I won't go so far as to say "deceptive", because when I went back and really dug I was able to find documentation on the differences between editions, but they really make it hard to figure out that the standard edition is so limited. I hope they enjoy my $100, because I sure haven't enjoyed this.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Deal for the money - Just know what you need. March 12, 2005
If you want to learn VB, you cant beat getting the standard edition. If you want to write stand alone desktop apps that dont need to connect to remote database servers, your gold.

If you dont need to be able to use your work commercially and are a student, pass this up in favor of the academic version of Visual studio and learn away.

But DO NOT buy the standard edition if you think you are going to use it to make a living with it. I got it because I need to write an app that reads a binary file and then outputs a certain type of script. Then Im pretty much done with it. I know Im not going to try to pay my rent next month with my copy of the standard edition. To make a living nowadays you need the features that the standard edition does not support.

If you know your just learning now, are NOT a student, and cant afford the Visual Studio, you still cant go wrong getting standard now.

You might not be able to connect to a remote SQL server, but you can still do a lot of database programming till you can afford to upgrade, and see your app work locally in the meantime.

So it dosnt compile class libraries in the interface, but the command line program (vbc.exe)that comes with it does. Its not as slick but it works.

You can still write all kinds of very serious applications, after all code is code, but the standard edition is not indended for a real production pipeline that will be profitable in today's world.

I paid $89 for VB Standard 2003 off of Amazon just to write one specific app and I got my money's worth.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For $100, you can't beat it. March 23, 2004
If you you are not flush with cash, but want to get the nack of the .Net world, then this is for you.
It is NOT intended for serious production. You CAN NOT talk to a database off your machine (unless you know how to link Access to a SQL Server, then you can).
You can learn how to use WinForms and WebForms, i.e. client-server and WEB apps, talking to a database on your development machine. The MSDE (Microsoft Data Engine) is the heart of the SQL Server 2000 database engine.
If you want to see if programming is for you or get an inexpensive look at the JAVA killer, this is the ticket.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Less Complaining More Google February 20, 2004
This is directed mainly towards the person who couldn't manage to get a class library created.
Google for "Visual Basic .Net Standard Class Library" and there's an About.com article that tells you EXACTLY how to do it. The thing to remember about MS's language products is that there aren't selling you the compiler. Those are free. You can get them directly from MS for any of their .Net languages.
They're selling you their IDE and all the tools that make use of those compilers so you don't have to use the command line to compile everything and so you don't have to reinvent wheels to do things like create a GUI for your app. By paying the $100 you get a great IDE that allows you to drag and drop your application together instead of having to code every little detail yourself.
That said, I think C# trumps Visual Basic. I used to use Visual Basic to do quick and dirty apps since you could throw together a GUI in minutes. But I can do the same in C# now but get all the benefits of a C++ style language.
If you're a Visual Basic programmer, Visual Basic .Net is the way to go. The IDE and especially the debbuger are far superior to Studio 6. I'm not giving this product 5 stars because I think VB overall isn't worth getting for "the fun of it." I'd only recommend this product for those already making a career out of coding in VB who want to keep up with the advances in the language. It's a worthwhile upgrade, but not an essential one.
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58 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy for the little guy November 18, 2003
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I bought VB.Net Standard 2003 shortly after having to learn VB for some advanced MS Access programming. What you basically get is the Visual Studio interface with just the VB.Net language functionality. You also get the MSDN library on 3 CDs which comes in handy. There are, however, limits to its functionality:
1) You don't get the Mobile device programming functionality that you get with full Visual Studio.
2) Windows XP Home Edition users: You won't be able to effectively design ASP.Net applications since Microsoft made XP Home incompatible with IIS. There's a couple ways around this, though: (1) there is an unsupported way to install IIS from a Windows 2000 CD- do a web search to find instructions, or (2) download the free WebMatrix from ASP.Net; a very cool and handy program that has it's own little server.
3) Compiling DLLs is not supported in VB.Net Standard. Although I suspect it's possible to program your own compiler, how to do it is still beyond my abilities.
4) There are SQL limitations as well. From what I've read, I think there are limits when using anything more complicated than MSDE or using remote servers.
5) Also, remember how easy it was to draw graphic lines in the VB6 interface? Well those days are definitely over- you had to become a real programmer sometime.
But if you want to learn and program simple executables, this is definitely the way to go. And being able to program ASP.Net websites using VB.Net code from my applications is way-cool.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Visual Basic
Product was incomplete, disc missing. Shipping was a night mare, requested overnight recived 7 days later. Read more
Published on December 9, 2008 by Mary O'connor
5.0 out of 5 stars Great program
Visual Basic is very easy to learn and use.
It's one of the most popular programming language.

I learned it from zero using a second hand book from a local store... Read more
Published on February 1, 2008 by J. Surjanto
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Fully Functional
We were unable to locate or open the example programs.
Published on December 27, 2005 by Jerry M. Nichols
4.0 out of 5 stars Microsoft Visual Basic .NET Standard 2003
The product installs and runs easily. When attempting to register the product, the page was not found. Presumably they are readying for the 2005 verson. Read more
Published on October 23, 2005 by B. C. Dutcher
4.0 out of 5 stars If - then - else
Good book. Good software that came with the book.

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Published on October 23, 2005 by Phillip V. Richter
5.0 out of 5 stars Write your own small programs
This program installed easily and works good. Saved me from setting in a computer lab at school for hours at a time.
Published on October 21, 2005 by Thomas M. Kilgore
5.0 out of 5 stars To all those who give this product 1 star
I bought the product about 2 months ago just because I was curious to see what kind of things I could do with it. Read more
Published on October 12, 2005 by Stephen Collins
1.0 out of 5 stars Probably great for a programmer
I talked to a Microsoft Rep on the phone and explained my background and that I had no programming experience and he said I should have no problem with this program. Read more
Published on August 30, 2005 by ljd
5.0 out of 5 stars Microsoft Visual
This was great, I got it for a really good deal from one of the Amazon Sellers and I learned alot from it
Published on May 5, 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Great marketing - short on delivery
Microsoft has once again succeeded in making a fairly uncomplicated programming enviroment, COMPLICATED. That is not, however, my problem with VB . Read more
Published on March 23, 2004 by Dejan
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