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Visual Basic® Style Guide, The by Tim Patrick

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General Considerations

Some aspects of control use affect all controls equally. These general elements appear in this section.

Communication

The purpose of creating a form within your Visual Basic application is to communicate with the user. Since generally you will not be there to handhold the user through the process of using the application, you must build forms that best communicate the purpose and intent of the application to the user.

The aesthetics of your application plays a large role in how you communicate with the user. Make your forms look professional. Microsoft's official idea of what a professional program looks like appears in its text Microsoft Windows User Experience. You should also study the way the most popular off-the-shelf ...

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