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How Do I Create a Windows Application that Behaves like the Windows in the Visual Studio IDE?

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Im in need of creating a Visual Basic windows application that has a main (parent) window with several (child like) sub-windows.  My application needs to mimic the behavior of various windows similar to those used in the IDE of Visual Studio.  For example, in the IDE one can resize the windows, close and open them, and even double click on the title bar to make the window pop out as an independent window.  My question is how should I go about doing this in VB.  Do I use panels?  Do I use MDI parent/child windows?  Is it some combination of the two?  Im looking for an approach to this problem before I begin the development process.
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Using the built in controls in VS 2005 or VS 2008 will not really mimic the VS window behaviour.

For this you need to use tabbed MDI windows and tool windows that will dock inside each other and wich can be pinned open or allowed to automatically collapse. To do this properly you probably need to invest in a 3rd party suite like Infragistics or DevExpress.

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The double click on title bar works, but what about resizing.  For example, in the Visual Studio IDE there are separators between the windows and one can drag the separator to make one window large and the other window smaller.  How does one do that?
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