Early in the BETA period for Visual Studio 2005 we released a free online version of the MS Press book Introducing Microsoft Visual Basic 2005 for Developers. This book received great comments, but was written against BETA 1.
We have had the authors update and enhance this book for the final release for Visual Studio 2005 and it now available at http://msdn.microsoft.com/vbasic/learning/introtovb2005/.
You can view any of the 8 chapters either online, in the MSDN library or as a PDF, or you can download all 8 PDFs in one zip file to read offline.
The summary of the book is below:
Get a focused, first look at the features and capabilities in Microsoft Visual Basic 2005, Visual Studio 2005, and the .NET Framework 2.0. If you currently work with Visual Basic 6, these authors fully understand the adoption and code migration issues you'll encounter. They'll step you through a quick primer on .NET Framework programming, offering guidance for a productive transition. If you already work with .NET, you'll jump directly into what's new, learning how to extend your existing skills. From the innovations in rapid application development, debugging, and deployment, to new data access, desktop, and Web programming capabilities, you get the insights and code walkthroughs you need to be productive right away.