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Visual Basic and the .NET Framework 

Visual Basic is designed around the .NET Framework, which helps provide security, memory management, versioning, and deployment support. The .NET Framework also enables interoperability between objects you create with any .NET Framework programming language. This means you can create objects with Visual Basic that are easy to use from other .NET Framework languages, and you can use objects from other .NET Framework languages just like you use objects created with Visual Basic.

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Assemblies

Defines assemblies and describes how to use them.

References and the Imports Statement

Discusses how to reference objects in other assemblies.

Namespaces in Visual Basic

Describes how namespaces organize objects within assemblies.

Attributes in Visual Basic

Discusses how .NET Framework attributes provide additional information about entities defined inside a Visual Basic application.

Related Sections

How to: Add or Remove References in Visual Studio

Covers adding references so you can write code against external components, and describes how to remove unnecessary references.

.NET Framework Conceptual Overview

Introduces the .NET Framework architecture and its components.

Language Changes for Visual Basic 6.0 Users

Provides a list and descriptions of changed language elements.

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