sure you are current with Windows Updates.
you do not already have Visual Basic, go to this web page and download
the EXPRESS edition (the Express edition is free):
the link is no longer current, just do a Google search for "visual basic
express" and you will find the current web page easily.)
Microsoft's instructions for installing the program and any updates
your computer may need to run what is called "dot Net" or ".Net". These
updates are normally part of the standard Windows Update, because ".Net"
is required by a lot of the software you already use.
the program with Microsoft as they request. If you register, you get
access to Microsoft Help and a whole community of other programmers
- see the Help menu from within Visual Basic Express. Registered users
also don't get constant requests to register (!). If you do not register,
Microsoft may bug you about registering every once in a while, or the
program may only work for a limited time. Register with a real e-mail
address. Microsoft does not spam, but they do sometimes send useful
information to registered users.
you have Visual Basic up and running, take a few of the tutorials available
again, if there is a problem with the link, a Google search on "visual
basic express" should show the current tutorial page in the top results.)
do not need to become an expert programmer to follow along with our
project, but it will be very helpful to know your way around the Visual
Basic interface. If you can get to the point where you can add a button
to a form, click the button, and have "Hello World!" display on your
screen, then you should be able to complete the option calculator.