Visual Basic Express is a program that allows users to create Windows applications, and while its uses are extensive, the program can be difficult for the uninitiated. This straightforward guide demystifies the process and provides easy, step-by-step advice for users of all levels. The guide explores the process from the beginning (the installation process), to using the program (including form controls, application properties, programming language, and problem-solving techniques), to the end: the creation of a complete Windows application. The guide also describes the process of scripting with Visual Basic to create macros for Microsoft Office, and how to go about creating web pages for Internet Explorer. Readers will also learn how to incorporate external data into your applications from text files, Excel spreadsheets, XML documents, live RSS web feeds, and SQL databases.