OS. Set Up Your Coding Environment
In order to program OpenSTAAD in VB.Net, you will need to set up a development environment.
A development environment is typically a program that supports writing the code as well as a suite of tools to make that job easier. While computer code could be written in any plain text editor, an integrated development environment (IDE) will make the job much easier and more efficient. For this guide, you will use Microsoft Visual Studio.
Note: Microsoft has an excellent reference on getting started programming in C# at https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dotnet/visual-basic/getting-started/.
- Download and install the Visual Studio IDE by checking the steps from https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/visualstudio/install/install-visual-studio
- Launch the Visual Studio 2019 application