Instrumentation and application blocks seems to be a current trend in technology. If a trend is useful and doesn't require us to stab a hole in our tongues, then it's worthy of a look!
Articles Written by Paul Kimmel
You can generate perfect SQL even if you aren't a SQL programmer, and you never have to leave Visual Studio .NET for most of your day-to-day SQL tasks.
With just a modest amount of work you can prepare your Visual Basic .NET applications for customers that speak other languages.
Learn the technical aspects of defining an XML schema, generating a typed DataSet, initializing, and using that typed DataSet within Visual Basic .NET.
If you want to learn a bit about COM Interop or how to incorporate the Data Link Properties applet seamlessly into your Visual Basic .NET application then this is a good article for you.