Visual basic is a simple programming language that can be used to design and program simple to complex applications for use on the Windows operating system. I have experience of visual basic 6.0 as I have used it at college and also late in projects for University work. It is a simple programming tool because it allows you to draw components onto a drawing canvas and add programming code to them. For example you could draw a text box ..."
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Visual Basic 6.0 to Microsoft Visual Basic.NET delivers an admirably lucid and valuable guide to porting legacy VB code to the new .NET framework. This book offers some indispensable advice on making this transition go smoothly. This text is notable for its clear-sighted presentation style, useful for both project managers (who must plan when to upgrade code) and working VB developers (who must cope with a host of new APIs and language changes in VB.NET). The authors first establish the reasons why Microsoft chose to break literally millions of lines of code with the new .NET. They explore old and new VB languages and pay attention to features that have been dropped in the new version. The heart of this text examines the Visual Basic.NET Upgrade Wizard in excellent detail, starting with a simple VB 6 project upgraded to VB.NET. As the authors suggest, this wizard handles 95 percent of the port to .NET for your VB code. Much of this text explains what do about the remaining five percent of features that don't make the cut. One standout chapter here looks at which VB 6 systems to upgrade first. Not every legacy system will need to the upgraded, the authors prudently observe. Another valuable section examines the "errors, warnings and issues" generated by the upgrade wizard with specific suggestions on how to re-write code that doesn't get translated automatically. Later chapters look at specific areas of .NET that can "add value" to your projects, including the advantages of ADO.NET and Windows Forms vs the older ADO and ActiveX standards. There's plenty of useful advice for getting the old and new VB to interoperate, too, notably using ActiveX, COM and COM+ controls within .NET (a perfectly acceptable strategy). Final reference sections list changes between VB 6 to VB.NET, highlighting which language features are no longer supported. Sanctioned by Microsoft Press, this title gives you the proverbial "inside track" on upgrading VB 6 to VB.NET in an admirably well-organised text thats filled with practical advice. With millions of VB developers out there facing .NET for the first time, this title provides a worthy resource for moving old code into the future as smoothly and as cheaply as possible. --Richard Dragan