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Creating and Using Objects

Objects are combinations of code and data that can be treated as single units. Nearly everything you do in Visual Basic .NET involves objects, from the controls you use to the forms on which you place them. This section discusses where objects originate and how to use them.

In This Section

Objects from Visual Basic and Other Sources
Discusses how to use objects from Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and other applications.
Setting and Retrieving Properties
Discusses how to change and obtain property values.
Performing Actions with Methods
Describes what methods are and how to use them.
Performing Multiple Actions on an Object
Covers using the With...End With statement to simplify property access.
Treating Forms as Objects
Shows how to use forms in the same way as ordinary objects.
Using the New Keyword
Shows how to create instances of forms, classes defined in class modules, and collections.
Resource Management
Discusses how to save memory and system resources by releasing references to objects.
Passing Objects to Procedures
Describes how to pass objects as arguments to procedures.

Related Sections

Covers object-oriented programming fundamentals.
Managing Groups of Objects
Lists techniques for working with arrays and collections of objects.
Components and Assemblies
Describes how to create and use components.