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Can one program native (Win32) code in Visual Basic .NET?

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Hello,

I do not have much experience with .NET, but I do program in VB 6.  Can I still use Visual Basic .NET to program for Win32 and not the .NET or CLR environments?

If so, how?  I will be using Visual Studio 2003.

Thanks,

Todd
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Simple answer: No.

You can with VC++ but not VB.Net. You can access the Win32 API's but your app will still be dependent on the .Net framework.
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Hi toddsab;

There is a tool which will turn a VB .Net assembly into a Native Image called NGen.exe. Even though you turn it into a Native Image the assembly, IL code is still needed. Also; A native image is a file containing compiled processor-specific machine code. Note that the native image that Ngen.exe generates cannot be shared across Application Domains. Therefore, you cannot use Ngen.exe in application scenarios, such as ASP.NET, that require assemblies to be shared across application domains. The application using Native Image will load faster but also true is that certain function may run a little slower.

The tool may be found in c:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v1.1.4322\ngen.exe for version 1.1 of the framework and c:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\ngen.exe for version 2.0 of the framework.

Here is a link to the Microsoft Documentation. Read the pros and cons of using it. http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/6t9t5wcf.aspx


Fernando
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Thank you for your answers, I learned a lot.

I want to learn .NET and provide a solution using .NET, but at the same time I find it awkward to have to impose to users that they load the framework onto their computer.  It just gives me an uneasy feeling.  Am I wrong?

I guess I would be more comfortable if I knew a good portion of Windows users had the framework installed on their systems.

Regards,

Todd
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A good proportion probably have, version 1.1 at least.

.Net framework is no big deal, its not different to having to install the VB6 runtime or the C runtime for MFC.
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