I’m excited to announce that the Microsoft Visual Basic 2005 Power Pack has been released and is now available for download on MSDN! In this release we have two components:
- Microsoft Interop Forms Toolkit 1.0 – This toolkit is aimed at simplifying the use of Visual Basic.NET WinForms within a Visual Basic 6 application. The toolkit is targeted specifically at providing tools and guidance for performing a phased migration of a VB6 forms-based application to VB.NET. The goal of a phased migration is a production release at the end of each phase that has both VB6 and .NET forms running in the same VB6 .exe process.
- Microsoft PrintForm Component 1.0
– The PrintForm component is designed to bring back the ability to easily print a Windows Form. With this the new PrintForm component you can once again layout the Windows Form exactly as you want it and allow your users to print the form as a quick report.
Both components are fully supported, and we’ve included the source code for the Interop Toolkit as well. For more information check out http://msdn.microsoft.com/vbasic/downloads/powerpacks/default.aspx
We plan to release additional components for the Power Pack in the coming months, and your feedback is an important part of the process. Is there a specific component you’d like to see? Let us know by submitting your suggestions and voting for your favorite ideas at http://connect.microsoft.com/vbasic.