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Application Development Using Visual Basic® and .NET by Dana L. Wyatt, Peter Thorsteinson, Robert J. Oberg

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Problems of Windows Development

Imagine a symphony orchestra where the violins and the percussion sections had different versions of the score. It would require a heroic effort to play the simplest musical composition. This is the life of the Windows developer. Do I use MFC? Visual Basic or C++? ODBC or OLEDB? COM interface or C-style API? Even within COM: Do I use IDispatch, dual, or pure v-table interfaces? Where does the Internet fit into all of this? Either the design had to be contorted by the implementation technologies that the developers understood or the developers had to learn yet another technological approach that was bound to change in about two years.

Deployment of applications can be a chore. Critical entries have to be made in ...

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