Channel 9 Interview: Brian Beckman Does Higher Algebra with Visual Basic

Channel 9 Interview: Brian Beckman Does Higher Algebra with Visual Basic

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Today I posted an interview on Channel 9 with Brian Beckman, Principal Developer (currently working with Erik Meijer), where he attempts to teach me higher algebra using Visual Basic, generics, and operator overloading. Brian is a wonderful person and brilliant physicist and we have a lot of fun with vectors and matrices and VB. I actually think I understood some of what Brian showed me ;).

Visual Basic is a great language for mathematics as well as all kinds of other applications. Brian makes the point that he has fun coding in VB because of its intuitive style and how easy it is to be immediately productive. Check out Brian's blog post on the VB Team blog! And for all you abstract algebra aficionados, here's the code to play with.

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  • Cool.

    I´m not only a big fan of VB, I´m also a mathematics student so this was some great stuff. Thanks!

    Merry Christmas Beth!!!

    Anders from Sweden

  • Hi Beth,

    I was wondering can VB(window form) be used to upload files and stuff (like act as a depositary)? I researched and found a lot using, you see..

    Its not in covered in your series too, what should I do?


  • Hi Beth,

    I m a newbie to visual studio, I have been googling for this kind of tutorial for a while now.  I know VS have the capability to produce a similar application as in access (nothwind).

    With your video tutorial, it would give me a kick start, and inspire me to continue in my project migration to dot net platform.  

    Great examples.

    Thank you,


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