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Professional Excel Development: The Definitive Guide to Developing Applications Using Microsoft Excel, VBA, and .NET, Second Edition by John Green, Stephen Bullen, Dennis Wallentin, Rob Bovey

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Chapter 24. Excel and VB.NET

In 2002, Microsoft released the first version of its development suite Visual Studio.NET (VS.NET) together with the .NET Framework. Since then, Microsoft has released new versions of the Framework and development suite in quick succession. Microsoft has strongly indicated that .NET is the flagship development platform now and for the foreseeable future.

Visual Basic.NET (VB.NET) is part of VS.NET, and despite its similarity in the name with Classic VB (VB6), the two have little in common. VB.NET is the successor to Classic VB and as such it provides the ability to create more technically modern solutions, a large group of new and updated controls, and a new advanced IDE. Moving from Classic VB to VB.NET is a non-trivial ...

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