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Chapter 22. Understanding Visual Basic F... > The Visual Basic Development Environ...

The Visual Basic Development Environment

In Access for Windows 95 (version 7.0), Visual Basic replaced the Access Basic programming language included with versions 1 and 2 of Access. The two languages are very similar because both Visual Basic and Access Basic evolved from a common design created before either product existed. (It’s called Visual Basic because it was the first version of Basic designed specifically for the Windows graphical environment.) In recent years, Visual Basic has become the common programming language for Microsoft Office applications, including Access, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft PowerPoint.

Having a common programming language across applications provides several advantages. You have to learn only one programming language, and you can easily share objects across applications by using Visual Basic with ActiveX object automation. Microsoft Office Access 2003 uses the Visual Basic Editor common to all Office applications and to the Visual Basic programming product. The Visual Basic Editor provides color-coded syntax, an Object Browser, and other features. It also provides excellent tools for testing and confirming the proper execution of the code you write.


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