This e-book was released quite awhile ago but could still be useful to those that want to make the switch from VB 6.0 developers to the new versions of Visual Basic.NET. Its actually centered around the 2005 version, but you should be able to apply the principles to the newer 2008 and 2010 VB’s also. Below is a small excerpt…
Chapter 1: Microsoft .NET Framework Primer for the Visual Basic Developer
Develop more productive, secure, reliable, and deployable Visual Basic programs with innovations available in the .NET Framework.
Chapter 2: Language Enhancements for Visual Basic 2005
Simplify and clarify your source code using the new keywords in the Visual Basic language. In addition, learn about the added functionality in the My namespace that was not available in previous releases of the .NET Framework.
Chapter 3: Visual Studio 2005 Integrated Development Environment
The Visual Studio 2005 integrated development environment includes a number of new and improved productivity features. The IDE has also been redesigned with a view toward providing developers with more direct access to the .NET Framework components, such as the new settings and resource architecture.
Chapter 4: Building Datacentric Applications
Explore four applications to see how Visual Studio 2005 and the .NET Framework 2.0 enhance productivity and make connecting to data sources from your application much easier than with previous development tools.
Chapter 5: Constructing User Interfaces
New controls and improvements in the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 allow you to create professional-looking applications that provide a better end-user experience and reduce your coding effort.
Chapter 6: Building Web Applications
Visual Studio 2005 builds on the innovation introduced in Visual Studio .NET and makes Web development easier than ever before for both experienced and novice Web developers.
Chapter 7: Microsoft .NET Framework Enhancements
Examine new features and how to use them to reduce your coding effort in Visual Basic 2005 while increasing your application’s usability, security, and maintainability.
Chapter 8: Deploying Applications
Focus on how to use the new ClickOnce deployment technology and review how to build Microsoft Windows Installer packages by using the setup project templates and tools included in Visual Studio 2005. You’ll also learn how to choose the right method for deploying applications.
You can click on this link to download the pdf file for the free e-book,