Microsoft has released the complete text of its book "Introducing Microsoft Visual Basic 2005 for Developers". Each of the book's eight chapters, as well as the entire volume as a single download are now both available for free
from the Visual Basic 6.0 Resource Center.
The intermediate-level book offers a focused look at the features and capabilities in Microsoft Visual Basic 2005, Visual Studio 2005, and .NET Framework 2.0.
The book joins another free download
, "Upgrading Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 to Microsoft Visual Basic .Net", as an additional resource for learning Visual Basic 2005, and upgrading from Visual basic 6.0 to Visual Basic .NET.
The official description of the newly released text from Microsoft's site reads: "Get a focused, first look at the features and capabilities in Microsoft Visual Basic 2005, Visual Studio 2005, and the .NET Framework 2.0. If you currently work with Visual Basic 6, these authors fully understand the adoption and code migration issues you'll encounter. They'll step you through a quick primer on .NET Framework programming, offering guidance for a productive transition. If you already work with .NET, you'll jump directly into what's new, learning how to extend your existing skills. From the innovations in rapid application development, debugging, and deployment, to new data access, desktop, and Web programming capabilities, you get the insights and code walkthroughs you need to be productive right away."