Visual Basic 2005 Jumpstart is written for VB 6 programmers who have yet to move to Visual Basic 2005, the latest release of Microsoft Visual Basic, one of the world's most popular programming languages. With VB 2005, Microsoft has given VB 6 developers a host of reasons to upgrade now, including the return of VB 6 features omitted from earlier versions of VB.NET.
My aim is to provide you with a starting point-a jumpstart-that demonstrates how easy it is to become productive with the new language when it's paired with the Visual Studio 2005 development environment.
To get the most out of this book, you'll need a copy of Visual Studio 2005 that supports Visual Basic (see "What You Need to Use This Book"). I encourage you to work your way through the sample applications, especially those in Chapters 1, Chapters 4, and Chapters 5, as they are purposefully small and designed to show off the best of the new features in VB 2005. You'll be surprised at how easily and quickly you can build a relatively sophisticated Windows or web application.