Free "Web Based" Book on Visual Basic



Introducing Visual Basic 2005 for Developers Chapters:

"Get a focused, first look at the features and capabilities in Microsoft Visual Basic 2005, Visual Studio 2005, and .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 prerelease insights and code walkthroughs you need to get productive right away."
Just a highlight that i think is reall cool.

Chapter 2, Page 14

It talks about the new My Object that is provided only with 2005 and not with C# or any of the other components. The my object allows you to access a ton of common features of your computer. One of the features that stood out to me was the Ports. My.Computer.Ports will allow you to create a new serial port object on the local machine.

Meaning no 3rd party com library should be needed.