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Microsoft® Visual Basic® .NET Programmer's Cookbook by Matthew MacDonald

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Chapter 10. Windows Programming

For most programmers, development centers on the features (and quirks) of the Microsoft Windows operating system. In this chapter, we’ll consider some of the most frequently asked questions about development with Microsoft Visual Basic .NET. You’ll learn how to use Windows-specific resources such as environment variables, the registry, the Start menu, the clipboard, and Windows help. You’ll also learn how to interact with other currently running Windows processes, handle operating system events, and deploy your application with a Windows Installer setup utility.

It’s important to understand that the Microsoft .NET Framework does not attempt to replicate the entire Win32 API, only its core features. To create managed ...

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