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Because Visual Basic 2005 is currently in a beta cycle, it's inevitable that there will be some changes to the product after this book is printed. (In rare cases, entire features have disappeared from one build to the next!) As a result, it's possible that some recipes may not work as written. Usually, the difference is simply syntactic, such as a minor renaming of a property, constant, or method, or a reshuffling of a class from one namespace to another. Occasionally, a feature changes more dramatically, and significant code revisions are needed. To help manage the confusion, refer to http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/vbadn to download the latest sample code, which is updated regularly to keep in step with newer builds. As an early adopter, you already know that working with beta versions is awkward, frustrating, and more than a little exciting. But all in all, it's a small price to pay for getting an advance seat to see the changes to Visual Basic and the .NET platform!