VB.Net vs VB6 questions


I am considering buying the Visual Studio .Net upgrade and I wonder if there is anyone out there who has had some experience with VB.Net.
How good is the data binding with VB.Net? I always struggled with data controls and their respective bound controls. In VB6 I prefer to write all database reads and writes manually, that way I have more control.
How flexible if the data binding and how fast is it? I mean does data binding slow down your applications. In general how does the performance of VB.Net compare with that of VB6? Can VB.Net use any OLE DB provider or only the official ones? How good is the Crystal Reports that come with VB.Net Prof? Can the report call a stored procedure? Can the Crystal Reports that come with VB.Net use any OLEDB provider?
What is different about ODBC.Net compared to regular ODBC?

Thank You

Heine Ferreira

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