Visual Basic .NET (VB.NET or VB .NET) is a version of Microsoft's Visual Basic that was designed, as part of the company's .NET product group, to make Web services applications easier to develop. According to Microsoft, VB .NET was reengineered, rather than released as VB 6.0 with added features, to facilitate making fundamental changes to the language. VB.NET is the first fully object-oriented programming (OOP) version of Visual Basic, and as such, supports OOP concepts such as abstraction, inheritance, polymorphism, and aggregation.
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- Dan Clark explains the evolution of Visual Basic in the first chapter of his book, "An Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming with Visual Basic .NET."
- SearchVB.com has Ask the Expert response highlighting the differences between Visual Basic 6.0 and VB.NET