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Special Edition Using Microsoft® Visual Basic® .NET by Jeff Spotts, Brian Siler

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Getting Started

The easiest way to learn is by doing; that is why we began the book with chapters that included the step-by-step creation of sample applications. However, the user interface changes in Visual Studio .NET are so far reaching that an in-depth exploration of them may be helpful as well. During this chapter we will explain many different aspects and new features of Visual Studio .NET. Please follow along where applicable, and feel free to refer to this chapter while reading the rest of the book.

The Visual Studio Start Page

Just about every recent update to a Microsoft product has included a Web browser interface somewhere. Visual Studio .NET is no exception to this trend. As you can see from Figure 4.1, starting the latest version ...

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