Resources

Some VB Resources

This list is not set out in any particular order.  The sites referenced here have been checked, but could be out of date or may have changed over time.  Please use the information provided here carefully, and make sure you understand any code you download from these sites before you use it.

Microsoft Community Newsgroups.  By far the best resource for peer-to-peer assistance. Please read the FAQ before posting, as following the directions will significantly improve your chances of getting a speedy and accurate response.

Note: Many other VB forums are not authentic.  They are designed to obtain an e-mail address and password in the hope that you will use the same password for your eBay or Facebook or other online account, and your account will be hacked if you register with these groups using those details.  The material in these groups is simply copied from the Microsoft groups.  You should avoid groups managed by organisations which do not have a significant visible corporate presence.  You should never use the same password for more than one on-line registration. 

MSDN Library.  The .Net reference.  You have a MSDN search option for searching the library, as well as links to Learn, Downloads and Community.

Handy Keyboard Shortcuts  A quick reference to many keyboard shorcuts that simplify the use of the IDE.   Note that some of these may depend on your configuration, but it’s worthwhile knowing that the function exists, even if it’s not currently configured.  Using these shortcuts could have a significant impact on your coding and testing time .

Microsoft Examples.  A collection of examples that demonstrate different parts of the .Net framework. Select the version of the Framework that you want to use from the selection box at the top of the page.

OOP According to Microsoft. A high-level summary of the major concepts of Object Oriented Programming as implemented in the .Net.  This description is non-technical (as far as possible) and provides a good reference source for most of the terms used in OOP.

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