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In addition to all the new features, youve also got thefaithful few such as the ability to create regular Office add-ins (VBA, noVB.NET jazz), the Replication Manager for synchronising Access databases, VisualSourceSafe for source code management and a greatly improved Packaging Wizard.

Ahhh, the Packaging Wizard - a big round of applausefor this top-notch addition. Simply select a file whether it be an Accessdatabase or Code Library - fill out the blanks and youve got aredistributable setup program, ready-to-run regardless of whether your end userhas Office. Top banana, very well done, much more VB-like.

Its good to see Microsoft doing more to keep Officedevelopers from being regarded as bottom-of-the-range programmers, too both the online and printed documentation include Writing Solid Codeguidelines to ensure standards are adhered to, something certainly not found inprevious versions. Definitely useful stuff.

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This article was originally published on November 20, 2002

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