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Slide deck for Interop Toolkit Webcast

Thanks to everyone who was able to make it out for this morning's webcast.  We covered how to use the Interop Toolkit 2.0 to upgrade VB6 applications to VB.NET, how to deploy hybrid applications, and finally we touched on some other great interop resources available on MSDN.  As promised the slide deck's available below, and ...

InteropForms 2.0 Tip #1 – Font Property

(Starting today, we'll be highlighting various tips that might help you when using the InteropForms 2.0 toolkit.   With the latest release of the toolkit, you can do some fairly impressive upgrades to your existing VB6 applications.  Don't believe me?  Check this out as one cool example  - WPF in VB6 anyone?!) If ...

Deploying Applications with the InteropForms 2.0 toolkit

(Recently, we released the InteropForms 2.0 toolkit which allows you to add the richness of .net windows forms to your vb6 application.  We've gotten a fair number of questions from customers asking for more details on deployment, so this will hopefully answer most of your questions) As I'm sure you're aware, deploying VB6 COM based ...

So what does ComClass actually do?

I came across a really cool article yesterday by James Ashley, which shows some of the cool things you can do with the Interop Forms Toolkit 2.0.   The three VB6 examples cover consuming a WebService (complete with a Dilbert icon showing up in the VB6 toolbox!), implementing multithreading using the BackgroundWorker component, and ...

Just Released – Interop Forms Toolkit 2.0!

Today we launched the Interop Forms Toolkit 2.0, which makes it easier than ever to upgrade VB6 applications to .NET.  This new release builds on version 1.0 by adding support for the following features: In the picture below you can see we've got a VB6 Form hosting a .NET UserControl which contains a MenuStrip and a ToolStrip. ...

Interop Roadmap – UserControls, MDI, and Data

Recently the VB team released the Interop Forms Toolkit, which allows VB6 developers to extend their existing applications using .NET.  The toolkit allows developers to write a regular Windows Form in VB.NET, click “Generate Wrapper Classes”, and then call those forms from VB6.  It also provides mechanisms for firing and handling...

Video Screencast: Microsoft Interop Forms Toolkit 1.0

by Kathleen McGrathI've created a screencast that shows you how to create a Windows form in Visual Basic 2005 that you can call from your Visual Basic 6 application using the Microsoft Interop Forms Toolkit 1.0. The screencast is about 6 minutes long.Interop Forms Toolkit Screencast...

Visual Basic 2005 Power Pack!

I’m excited to announce that the Microsoft Visual Basic 2005 Power Pack has been released and is now available for download on MSDN!  In this release we have two components:  Both components are fully supported, and we’ve included the source code for the Interop Toolkit as well.  For more information check out http...

VB6 Collections: The Missing LINQ

By Jonathan Aneja   Hi, my name’s Jonathan and I’m a Program Manager on the VB team, working mainly on LINQ features.  One of the things I love about LINQ is it’s not just limited to querying over databases and XML – you can query over any collection of Objects.  For example, let’s say I have a collection of ...

EMEA Tour Followup

PaulYuk and I just returned from the EMEA tour where we demoed tons of new VB 2005 features to groups in Brussells, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Belfast, and Dublin.  Here (as promised) are links to more information on what I presented.   If you didn't make it to the presentations, check out the below.   Lots of interesting ...

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