VB.NET 2003 vs. VB.NET 2005

Posted on 2006-04-27
Last Modified: 2010-04-23
What's the difference if any?
Question by:dba123
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    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

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    by:Carl Tawn
    The main difference is that 2005 is geared up for .Net framework 2.0 rather than 1.0/1.1
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    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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    by:Mike Tomlinson
    See here:

    Some of the more popular differences are...



    Native support for Compression:

    Improved Form Layout Tools such as snap lines and new Containers such as FlowLayoutPanel and TableLayoutPanel:

    The BackgroundWorker Component:

    The New Application Model:

    The New "My" namespace:

    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)

    I'm sure there are many more things I've either forgotten or just haven't even seen yet...
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    Author Comment

    thanks Idle Mind, sorry I didn't catch your post or I could have awarded you some points...
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    by:Mike Tomlinson
    It's no big deal...   =)

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