VB.NET 2003 vs. VB.NET 2005

What's the difference if any?
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dba123Asked:
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Éric MoreauSenior .Net ConsultantCommented:
Hi dba123,

VB 2005 is the latest version. I wrote an article on "what's new for Windows Forms developers" in November 2005 that you can read from http://emoreau.s2i.com/

Cheers!
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Carl TawnSystems and Integration DeveloperCommented:
The main difference is that 2005 is geared up for .Net framework 2.0 rather than 1.0/1.1
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dba123Author Commented:
yea, so then they added more namespaces or what?  Let me read your article first.  I am just wondering what changd from .NET 2003 to .NET 2005...hold on and I'll read.
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Mike TomlinsonMiddle School Assistant TeacherCommented:
See here:
http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/t357fb32.aspx

Some of the more popular differences are...

Generics:
http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms172193.aspx

ClickOnce:
http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/t71a733d.aspx

Native support for Compression:
http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.io.compression(VS.80).aspx

Improved Form Layout Tools such as snap lines and new Containers such as FlowLayoutPanel and TableLayoutPanel:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/06/00/SmartClients/

The BackgroundWorker Component:
http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/8xs8549b.aspx

The New Application Model:
http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/w3xx6ewx.aspx

The New "My" namespace:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/04/05/VisualBasic2005/default.aspx
http://msdn.microsoft.com/vbasic/Reference/My/default.aspx

The VB6 style ability to refer to a Form by Name, and the Forms Collection are back:
You can use Form1.TextBox1.Text = "something" from anywhere.  (Less need to pass around Form references)
http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/eh13dca9(VS.80).aspx

I'm sure there are many more things I've either forgotten or just haven't even seen yet...
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dba123Author Commented:
thanks Idle Mind, sorry I didn't catch your post or I could have awarded you some points...
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Mike TomlinsonMiddle School Assistant TeacherCommented:
It's no big deal...   =)
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