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

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The Visual Studio .NET Work Area

As you can see in Figure 4.8, there are a lot of windows open during a typical Visual Studio .NET session. Each window has a different purpose related to the design or execution of your project. In the very early days of VB, each of these windows was a top-level window within the operating system and could be stacked or moved independently. Recent versions of Visual Basic have used a more structured, Multiple Document Interface (MDI) environment in which child windows are docked within the boundaries of a parent window. VB.NET continues to take the organized approach but, like its predecessors, can be adjusted to suit individual tastes. This section explores the different windows you will encounter within Visual ...

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