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

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Testing the Control

A custom User control eventually ends up as a part of a DLL (Dynamic Link Library) file. Components contained in a DLL file, when registered on another user’s machine, can be added to a Visual Basic project or displayed on a Web page in Internet Explorer. However, during the development process, you need a way to test and debug your Windows controls within the Visual Basic .NET design environment. This process is slightly more complicated than debugging a normal Windows Application project because you have to deal with two separate sets of running code: the new control itself and the project using the new control.

Building the Control Project

To make the new control available for use by other projects and applications, you ...

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