Use the TryCast keyword in Visual Basic .NET 2005 to simplify casting operations. This is a new VB.NET language feature that is similar to the C# as operator. For example, without TryCast, you might do this to get a value from a collection into a string variable:
Dim someValue As String
If myCollection.Items(0) <> Nothing Then
someValue = CType(myCollection.Items(0), String)
someValue = String.Empty
With TryCast, you can simplify this as follows:
Dim someValue As String = TryCast(myCollection.Items(0), String)
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