Autodesk University
Hands-on Introduction to VB.NET Add-ins for AutoCAD
Hands-on Lab    SD10673-L
Jerry Winters
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Description

Creating an add-in for AutoCAD software using Microsoft Visual Basic .NET is a simple and straightforward task when you know the steps to follow. This hands-on class will teach you exactly what you need to know and only what you need to know to begin writing your own add-ins for AutoCAD software. We will begin by discussing and following the steps to creating an add-in. After taking some time to practice that skill, we will see how easy it is to take some existing code and modify it to meet specific requirements. You won't believe how much you will learn in 90 minutes. No prior programming experience is required.

Key Learnings

  • Learn how to create a new Class Library Project in Visual Studio
  • Learn how to reference the Essential Autodesk DLL files to create an add-in
  • Learn how to compile and load an add-in into AutoCAD
  • Learn how to modify existing code to meet specific requirements

Speakers

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Jerry Winters has taught at nearly every U.S.-based Autodesk University over the past 17 years primarily on topics of AutoCAD software customization using Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) and VB.NET. He brings a unique blend of education and entertainment as he tackles what would otherwise be a dry topic. And while he reserves the week before Thanksgiving for meeting with and enjoying the company of his Autodesk friends, the rest of the year is spent with his beautiful wife of 26 years and his 9 (yes, that's 9) children in rural Lake Point, Utah, where they are occasionally found singing at community events and senior centers.
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