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What is the difference between VBA and Visual Basic.Net...I want to learn how to write scripts to automate certain tasks.

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VBA is for scripting (withing an application). VB.NET is a whole development platform

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  • BFischer
    Yeah, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) is kind of a subset of Visual Basic. It's a scripting language like the previous person mention. It's primarily used to add functionality to microsoft applications such as Word, Excell, Access, etc... and other applications that enable you to. If you are trying to automate a task in Word or Excel, then you would use VBA. If it gets more extensive than that, and you need to develop a lot of functionality into the task, then VB.NET is what you'll need. It really depends on what you are trying to accomplish.
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  • Idapsdst
    Thanks to all for the information!
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  • Idesign4u
    If, as you stated in your question, you really want to write "scripts" to automate something -- you should be using VBScript (a scripting language that is a subset of Visual Basic, that has much of the functionality of VBA). Search the MSDN Knowledge Base at Microsoft for "Scripting" or "VBScript" and you will find plenty of help. If you already know VBA or Visual Basic, you won't have any trouble with VBScript. VB.net is NOT the way to go unless you already own it and know it. Good Luck
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