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In Brief

This chapter presented a detailed overview of the new Windows client development model in Visual Basic .NET. Here are the important points of this chapter:

  • Windows forms is the new forms model for Visual Basic. Although it is similar to the forms model for Visual Basic 6.0, it supports many new features.

  • In .NET, you can see and sometimes edit all of the code that creates and configures your user interface.

  • Event handling in .NET is no longer based on the name of the event-handler procedure, instead a new Handles keyword has been added.

  • Form layout is more powerful in .NET than in VB6 due to the addition of new features for docking and anchoring.

  • There are no default instances of forms in VB .NET, which means you cannot work with the form's name as if it were always available.

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