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    Tutorial HowTo Book Help Tutorials Link Links Howtos Tutorials

    This is a fairly common question, so I figured I would make a post that we can just link to when needed.

    The idea is to post useful links, articles, etc.. for people looking to get started with vb.net.


    .NET 3.5/VS2008 info:

    Free Visual Studio (VS)2008 versions:
    VS2008 Express Editions

    Books
    I know I always say it, but it's still true. You only need to look at two series of books to find what you need to get started with Microsoft technologies.

    1) Microsoft .NET Development Series
    2) Microsoft Step-By-Step Series

    Just search for the specific technology in those two series, and you're on your way.

    Reference:
    Getting Started
    Base Class Libraries Overview
    Base Class Libraries Detail
    MSDN
    ASP.NET blogs - Very good for relevant .NET info (includes most MSDN blogs)
    MSDN blogs - Good for the advanced crowd


    .NET 2.0/VS2005 info:

    Free Visual Studio (VS)2005 versions:
    VS2005 Express

    Books:
    I absolutely love the Step-by-step books for beginners and subjects new to old pros:
    VB.NET 2005 Step-by-Step

    The .NET Development series is pretty good too. Here is a link to an index of books from Microsoft including the above mentioned series:
    Microsoft .NET related books

    Reference:
    Getting Started
    Base Class Libraries Overview
    Base Class Libraries Detail
    MSDN v2 - For .NET 2.0
    ASP.NET blogs - Very good for relevant .NET info (includes most MSDN blogs)
    MSDN blogs - Good for the advanced crowd

    Hosting:
    I was recently in the market for some dedicated server hosting, and randomly came across these guys... they have been great.
    Cari.net

    Documenting Your Software:
    SandCastle


    .NET 1.0/1 & VS2002/3 info:

    Books
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...glance&s=books
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...books&n=507846

    Getting Started
    http://www.msdnaa.net/technologies/g...tarted/vbasic/

    General
    http://www.windowsforms.com/
    http://www.gotdotnet.com
    http://www.google.com
    http://msdn.microsoft.com

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...glance&s=books

    Class Design Guidelines:
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/de...guidelines.asp

    ADO.NET (Database)
    http://samples.gotdotnet.com/quickst...sOverview.aspx

    ADO w/Access for you vb6'ers
    http://visualbasic.about.com/library.../aa050303a.htm

    Connection Strings
    http://www.connectionstrings.com/

    Help files
    You want to create an HTMLHelp file and use it in your project by adding the Help Provider control to your form.
    Details

    You can download the MSDN HTMLHelp editor here:
    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=14188

    Other HTMLHelp downloads:
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/en...pDownloads.asp

    Be ready though, creating a help file ranks 0 on the fun meter.

    Great GDI+ info:
    http://www.bobpowell.net/faqmain.htm

    File format library:
    http://www.wotsit.org/

    Icons:
    http://www.xp-icons.com/

    Protecting your code:
    http://www.searchlores.org/protec/protec.htm#tid18

    Random Numbers:
    http://www.developer.com/lang/other/article.php/3288451

    Please don't post questions on this thread.
    Last edited by Craig Gemmill; March 22nd, 2010 at 11:28 PM.
    Good Luck,
    Craig - CRG IT Solutions - Microsoft Gold Partner

    -My posts after 11/2011 = .NET 4.x and Visual Studio 2012
    -My posts after 02/2010 = .NET 4.0 and Visual Studio 2010
    -My posts after 12/2007 = .NET 3.5 and Visual Studio 2008
    -My posts after 04/2007 = .NET 3.0 and Visual Studio 2005
    -My posts before 04/2007 = .NET 1.1/2.0

    *I do not follow threads, so if you have a secondary question, message me.

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    Also don't forget the help that comes with VS. I've answered many questions on several forums by pasting codes/samples straight from the docs.
    Last edited by HanneSThEGreaT; October 16th, 2006 at 06:17 AM.

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    Re: Tutorials , HowTos , Helpful Links

    Nice work Guys ! You should add this to individual FAQ or else this thread will get lost after some time.
    Regards,
    Ramkrishna Pawar

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