The article does have quite useful explanation of the code structure and the algorithm. I would recommend to ignore the code if you are not at all familiar with C++ and write using the explanation in the article or some other reference.
You may also search the web for C++ to VB.Net convertors if any. None that I am aware of.
I think you should be looking at a MUCH simpler implementation. I seriously doubt you should be using a genetic algorithm in a class where you're a beginner at programming.
I have no idea what your homework assignment says, but genetic algorithms are definitly NOT for beginners.
We won't help you write the code, but we will help you with code you've written. I know, the difference is subtle, but it's a difference none the less.
The only way you're going to learn how to be a programmer is by trying to be a programmer.
And dave was right - don't bite off more than can chew. It's only a homework assignment, so meet the minimum requirements specified by the instructor, and keep it as simple as possible.
You must not have understood. DO NOT copy someone else's code. WRITE YOUR OWN. How do you expect to keep a job as a programmer if you cheat at this phase in your career?
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