How to Build Your Own PC Software

By Lidia Tomulet

We use computers multiple times a day, running software without even thinking about how it was created or by whom. We take for granted that computers do what we expect them to do. But who writes these applications and how? Although programming is not for everyone, the process being very exact and detailed, writing your own PC software could be as much fun as it is rewarding. With the right programming software and some time to spare, anyone can become a computer programmer. And although it may take some time to learn how to program.

Things You'll Need

  • Programming software

Step 1

Install your programming software such as Microsoft Visual Basic or Java NetBeans on your computer. Start the application and start a new project.

Step 2

Create a user interface where you can edit the files you are working with as well as establish all the connections between files to be used in your new project.

Step 3

Add code to the files you have created. These are the instructions the computer reads and processes as your application runs.

Step 4

Compile your program, or change it into computer language, test your program, then run it once you have completed it.

Tips & Warnings

  • Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 is used to create Windows applications and runs only on a Windows system. It is free to download. Java NetBeans can also be downloaded free from the Java website and it runs on Windows, Mac OS or Linux. The software created with Java NetBeans will also run on any of the three systems mentioned. (See Resources.)