The .NET environment is different from what we've had before, so it's pretty clear that ordinary things you used...
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to do will now have different procedures associated with them. This tip, which has been excerpted from InformIT, offers a step-by-step procedure for referencing COM components inside the .NET framework.
The steps for referencing a COM component's type library are:
- Start Visual Studio .NET and create either a new Visual Basic .NET console application or a Visual C# console application. The remaining steps apply to either language.
- Select the Project, Add Reference... menu. There are two kinds of components that can be referenced: .NET and COM. The default .NET tab shows a list of assemblies. To add a reference to a COM component, click the COM tab. This tab should be familiar to Visual Basic 6 users, who reference a COM component's type library the same way (using the Project, References... menu in the Visual Basic 6 IDE).
The list of components consists of type libraries that are registered in the Windows Registry (under HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTTypeLib). Each name displayed is the contents of the library's helpstring attribute, or the library name if none exists. To add a reference to a type library that isn't listed, click Browse… and select the file. This registers the type library, so the next time it is listed in the dialog. You should double-click Microsoft Speech Object Library in the list to try the upcoming example.
- Click the OK button.
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