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The Addison-Wesley Microsoft Technology Series Doing Objects in Visual Basic 2005 by Deborah Kurata

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Foreword

Object-oriented technology has been working its way into the mainstream consciousness for a long time now—decades, in fact. It really started to gain momentum for business development in the mid-90s with the widespread use of the COM/DCOM and CORBA technologies. Object orientation (OO) got a big boost around the turn of the century with the introduction of the object-oriented Java and Microsoft .NET development platforms.

As far back as 1994, with VB 3.0, advanced Visual Basic developers were trying to exploit the ideas of OO by using instances of forms as “objects.” This was a hack to work around the lack of OO support in VB at that time, but the technique was useful and, I think, influenced how Microsoft shaped the language from that ...

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