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Microsoft® Visual Basic® .NET 2003 Kick Start by Joel Semeniuk, Erik Porter, Andy Baron, Duncan Mackenzie

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The Windows Forms Model

Forms in Visual Basic 6.0 were distinct files from other types of code (such as modules and classes) stored in two parts—a .FRM file that contained the code and the layout of the form and a .FRX file, which was a special kind of resource file that held any embedded resources needed by the form. When you designed a form using the visual tools, controls were added to forms and properties were set (such as the size and position of various controls) without any visible effect on your code. Changing the position of a button would change some hidden (not shown in the IDE at least) text (shown below for a simple one button "Hello World" application) that you could access and change using a text editor, but all of these properties ...

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