If you've ever programmed using JavaScript, VBScript will probably look familiar to you. If you've ever programmed using VB (Visual Basic), VBScript will be too easy for you!

What is VBScript?

VBScript (Visual Basic Script) is a scaled down version of Visual Basic. Visual Basic is a full blown programming language. VBScript, on the other hand, is a scripting language that can be run client-side (i.e. via your web browser), or server-side (i.e. on the web server). VBScript is the most common scripting language on websites that use ASP (Active Server Pages).

When VBScript is run on the client side, the user's browser needs to support VBScript. When run on the server side, the server needs to support it. In this tutorial, our VBScript examples are on the client-side, therefore, in order to get the most out of this tutorial, you should use Internet Explorer, as most other browsers don't support VBScript.

What do I need to create VBScript?

You can create JavaScript using the same equipment you use when creating HTML. That is:

  • Computer
  • Text editor. For example, Notepad (for Windows), Pico (for Linux), or Simpletext (Mac). You could use a VBScript editor if you like but it's not needed. The next lesson will discuss some popular VBScript editors.
  • Internet Explorer. Note: VBScript is not supported in most (if not all) other browsers - therefore, it's recommended that you use Internet Explorer.

In the next lesson, we'll see some popular VBScript editors.