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Using Outlook object in VB .Net

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I am attempting to use the outlook object in VB .Net to send an email.  In the code I declare my mailItem set it up but when I issue the command mailItem.send() it comes up with an error telling me that

   'send' is ambiguous across the inherited interfaces 'Outlook._MailItem' and 'Outlook.ItemEvents_Event'

I don't understand why this doesn't work I was working with sample code from msdn.  My other problem is that if I try to run the code anyway I get null references whenever I use the MailItem object.  But if I try to instantiate a new instance of the object I get an error saying that the _new()  method is private and cannot be access.  I am really not getting this.  
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by:RonaldBiemans
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this should work (ofcourse you need to reference the outlook object library, Add reference/com/microsoft outlook ...)

Dim olApp As Outlook.Application
        Dim olMail As Outlook.MailItem
        olApp = New Outlook.Application

        olMail = olApp.CreateItem(Outlook.OlItemType.olMailItem)
        olMail.Recipients.Add("bla.bla@bla.com")
        olMail.Subject = "Your subject"
        olMail.HTMLBody = "Your HTML text"
        olMail.Attachments.Add("c:\ttt.txt", Outlook.OlAttachmentType.olByValue)
        olMail.Send()

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by:Seiera
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Unfortunately not, I have added the reference and that is almost precisely the same code I had.  I copy and pasted it to see if I missed something but I still get both those errors.
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by:Seiera
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I have ended up finding the solution to my problem.  The problem is actually a bug in the .Net environment.  The Outlook object has two Send classes, on related tot he _MailItem class and another to the _ItemEvents.Event class.  To solve the problem I would (using the above piece of code) have replaced olMail.send() with

CType(olMail, Outlook._MailItem).Send()

This ensures that there is no ambiguity and the code works.  I will be posting a message in community support requesting the points back.
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by:Seiera
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Lunchy,

I thought I had made responses, or is that just the generic message you leave.
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