Recommended Text For The Creation Of Custom Controls?

May 1, 2009

I was wondering if there is a recommended text for the creation of custom controls?  I know a few years ago this book was out: Developing Microsoft .NET Controls with Microsoft Visual Basic .NET (Pro Developer)

It was published in 2003 I think.  I have a great deal of experience in VB but not in actual control development, so I don't need a primer on classes and properties and the like.  Wondering if this would still be worth it?  I never dove into this part of VB and .NET before.


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I'm doing INVENTORY project...

front-end :
back-end : Access

I'm having PURCHASE, SALES tables...

In sales form, i need to create CONTROLS during RUN-TIME...

i.e, when we gone for shopping to a DEPARTMENT store, we buy LOT things... they will give us only one BILL... when they are entering BILL, they will enter only CODE of the product, all the other particulars will be loaded automatically... if v buy 10 items, there will be 10 items in BILL... if it s 15, 15 in bill...

i need to create like this only...

i.e in SALES form, CODE, CATEGORY, BRAND, S.P, DATE, QUANTITY, TOTAL etc., are available... when i click a BUTTON say NEXT, the controls specified(CODE, CATEGORY, BRAND, S.P, DATE, QUANTITY, TOTAL) has to be created automatically, in same size,and in same COLUMN (in form)(i.e CODE is a COMBO BOX, WHEN I PRESS NEXT another COMBO BOX has to be created in same COLUMN), whenever i press the NEXT...


I know the concept of CONTROL ARRAY... but i don't know how to implement in

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