The Visual Basic .NET Compiler

For your Visual Basic .NET code to be transformed into an EXE or a DLL, it must be compiled by the Visual Basic .NET compiler. The Visual Basic .NET compiler is built into the .NET Framework and can be accessed using several different techniques. One approach is to use the command-line compiler utility named VBC.EXE. Interestingly, this utility ships with the .NET Framework itself—neither Visual Studio .NET nor the .NET Framework SDK is needed to compile and run managed code written in Visual Basic .NET.

Unlike in earlier versions of Visual Basic, the compiler for Visual Basic .NET is not attached to any particular development tool, such as Visual Studio .NET. As a consequence, you can write code for applications ...

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