So as you can see, you have many new toys at your disposal! The point of this chapter was to provide you with a tour of the major programming tools a VB 2008 programmer may leverage during the development process. You began the journey by learning how to generate .NET assemblies using nothing other than the free VB 2008 compiler and Notepad.
You also examined three feature-rich IDEs, starting with the open source SharpDevelop, followed by Microsoft's Visual Basic 2008 Express and Visual Studio 2008. While this chapter only scratched the surface of each tool's functionality, you should be in a good position to explore your chosen IDE at your leisure. The chapter wrapped up by describing the role of Microsoft. VisualBasic.dll and mentioned a number of open source .NET development tools that extend the functionality of your IDE of choice.
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