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File Extensions (VB.Net and C++ Cross Reference Guide)

By Mike Prestwood

VB.Net versus C++: A side by side comparison between VB.Net and C++.

Tool Basics

Developer environment basics such as common file extensions, common keyboard shortcuts, etc.

File Extensions

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Common or primary file extensions used (not a complete list, just the basics).


Common source code file extensions include:

  • .SLN - Solution File. Contains solution specific information such as links to the projects within this solution.
  • .VBPROJ - VB.Net Project File. Contains project specific information in XML. When adding a file, it is added to the project file.
  • .VB -VB.Net source file.
  • .Designer.VB -VB.Net form file (a text resource file).
Syntax Example:
//Sample code snippet from the .vbproj project file:
  <Compile Include="Cyborg.vb" />
  <Compile Include="Form1.vb">
C++:   .CPP and .H

Important standard C++ file extensions:

  • .CPP = C++ Source file. Your startup source file will have a main() routine.
  • .C = C source file (sometimes used for C++ source files too).
  • .H = Header include file.

Some important Visual C++ file extensions:

Some important C++Builder file extensions:

  • .BDSPROJ and .CBPROJ = Project file.
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