VB.NET Utility Functions

Visual Basic has been a powerful and easy-to-use language for many years, in part because many common operations are intrinsic to the language. With VB.NET, these operations have become members of the Microsoft.VisualBasic namespace. This namespace provides many of the functions that were previously built in to the language. By making the functions part of the .NET Framework Class Library, they become available to other .NET languages, not just VB.NET. In addition, the .NET System namespace provides many other functions that VB programmers will find useful. This chapter outlines several types of utility functions available to VB.NET programmers, ranging from common mathematical operations to financial functions to character ...

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