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  • Blog Post: Exciting Times for .NET

    Last week I had the pleasure of speaking at //build/ which is the premiere developer event of the year for Microsoft. As I mentioned in the rollup yesterday , yours truly spoke in the Office & SharePoint developer track. According to the tweets and feedback afterwards, my session went really well...
  • Blog Post: Using Word to Create Master-Detail Reports for LightSwitch (or Silverlight)

    A while back a posted how to use Word to create simple reports for LightSwitch by passing in an entity (like Customer) and using Word Content Controls to lay out content in a template and bind them to XML inside the document. If you missed it: Using Microsoft Word to Create Reports For LightSwitch (or...
  • Blog Post: Fun with OData and Windows Phone 7

    Tonight I’m speaking in San Francisco on one of my favorite topics, OData. Here’s the info: Creating and Consuming OData Services for Business Applications . (By the way, the Open Data Protocol (OData) is a protocol for querying and updating data over the web. If you’re not familiar with OData I encourage...
  • Blog Post: How To Create Outlook Appointments from a LightSwitch Application

    Last post I showed how to create email in a couple different ways, one of them being from the LightSwitch UI on the client side that used COM to automate Outlook to create an email. If you missed it here it is: How To Send HTML Email from a LightSwitch Application This generated some questions about...
  • Blog Post: How To Send HTML Email from a LightSwitch Application

    A while back Paul Patterson wrote an awesome step-by-step blog post based on a forum question on how to send an automated email using System.Net.Mail from LightSwitch . If you missed it here it is: Microsoft LightSwitch – Send an Email from LightSwitch This is a great solution if you want...
  • Blog Post: Visual Basic Samples, Resources and More!

    Yesterday the VB Team posted links to a TON of Visual Basic code samples and resources (see below) that have been made available by teams across Microsoft. It’s really nice to see the internal culture shift on a lot of teams to embrace the C# /VB Co-Evolution strategy . The VB Team still has work to...
  • Blog Post: Getting the Most out of LightSwitch Summary Properties

    Note: This article has been updated for Beta 2 on 3/17/2011 Summary Properties in LightSwitch are properties on your entities (tables) that “describe” them (kind of like the .ToString() method on objects in .NET). A summary property is used by LightSwitch to determine what to display when...
  • Blog Post: Using Microsoft Word to Create Reports For LightSwitch (or Silverlight)

    Note: This post has been updated for Beta 2 on 3/24/2011 LightSwitch has a really nice feature on data grids that allow you to export them to Excel if running as a Desktop application (out of browser). This gives you a basic way of getting data out of the system to create reports or do further...
  • Blog Post: Multi-line Lambdas in Visual Basic – When is Enough, Enough?

    Now that I’ve been writing code for a while with the latest version of Visual Basic in Visual Studio 2010, I’m at the point where I’ve seen the fun new language features in a variety of applications and samples. One of these fun new features is multi-line and statement lambdas. I favor lambdas anytime...
  • Blog Post: Free VB6 Migration Tool & Updated VB Developer Center

    Jason Zander just announced some exciting work that we’ve been doing for developers trying to migrate their Visual Basic 6 apps! Good News for VB6 Migration Today we re-launched our VBRun Resource Center for VB6 developers and announced a partner tool from Artinsoft , the Visual Basic Upgrade Companion...
  • Blog Post: Integrate Outlook Appointments with SharePoint 2010 Calendar Lists using Data Services

    The other day a good friend of mine asked me if it was possible to send appointments created in Outlook into a SharePoint calendar list. It’s easy enough to grab this data from Outlook by building an add-in with Visual Studio, but what also turned out to be really easy was sending this information to...
  • Blog Post: Programming the Task Bar in Windows 7 with WPF 4 Article Series

    Last week we published an article by VB MVP Alessandro Del Sole on how to utilize a cool Windows 7 Task Bar feature from WPF. Well this week we published another one on Jump Lists and Ale has promised to deliver even more! So yesterday we added a dedicated page to the Visual Basic Developer Center that...
  • Blog Post: Channel 9 Interview: Multi-Targeting Deep Dive

    Multi-targeting support in Visual Studio allows you to target your applications onto different versions of the .NET Framework. The idea is that you as the developer can move to the latest version of your development environment, Visual Studio, without having to force your users to upgrade to a new version...
  • Blog Post: Visual Basic Silverlight Tutorials from MyVBProf

    If you missed them, Visual Basic MVP Bill Burrows has been creating Visual Basic Silverlight tutorials on his site MyVBProf for a while now. Last week he released a new tutorial that is the third of a series on using WCF RIA Services. The first tutorial introduced SL4 and WCF RIA Services using an example...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio BizApps Launch Content Rollup

    Here on the Visual Studio BizApps team we’re always busy creating community content for our Dev Centers, Channel9, blogs and MSDN but since Visual Studio 2010 has launched we’ve gone into overdrive! I wanted to call out some of the content we’ve published since launch that you may find helpful as you...
  • Blog Post: Community Article: Programming the Task Bar in Windows 7 with WPF 4, Part One – Thumbnail Buttons

    This week we published an article by VB MVP Alessandro Del Sole on how to utilize a cool Windows 7 Task Bar feature from WPF. You can use WPF 4 to specify thumbnail buttons that appear for your app when people hover over it in the Windows 7 Taskbar. Ale also shows the basics of using the commanding pattern...
  • Blog Post: Visual Basic 2010 Books

    Last week we gave the books page on the Visual Basic Developer Center a face lift and added some new books on Visual Basic 2010. In the featured section at the top we have Visual Basic 2010 Unleashed by VB MVP Alessandro Del Sole . Alessandro graciously donated 2 free chapters that you can also download...
  • Blog Post: Bay Area Education Day on Saturday – OData, Cloud, SharePoint, Office, VB, C#, DLR

    Come over to Foothill college on Saturday May 15th for a full day, two track education day with an all-star Microsoft cast. I’ll be there speaking on OData, Office and SharePoint development in Visual Studio 2010. We’ve also got some folks from the languages team coming to show off what’s new in VB,...
  • Blog Post: VB Rules over Phoenix

    Last weekend I was out in Phoenix spending some time with Alan and the natural beauty of the Southwest. I spoke at the community launch event in downtown on the Thursday before and then did a guest appearance on the .NET Rocks road trip on Friday so we figured we’d stay the weekend. The launch event...
  • Blog Post: Channel 9 Interview: Array and Collection Initializers in Visual Basic 2010

    I’ve written about collection initializers here on this blog before , but I thought I’d catch up with the VB Team to tell me more about how they really work. In this interview Spotty Bowles, a tester on the VB Compiler team, shows us a couple of new language features: Array and Collection Initializers...
  • Blog Post: More How Do I Videos: SharePoint Development with Visual Studio 2010

    I just saw a tweet from Rob Windsor, VB MVP that he produced some How Do I videos on SharePoint and they were released on MSDN. Rob is an excellent trainer so I highly recommend them: How Do I: Use the SharePoint 2010 Object Models? How Do I: Build a SharePoint Feature with Visual Studio 2010? We also...
  • Blog Post: Add Spark to Your OData: Consuming Data Services in Excel 2010 Part 2

    Last post I talked about how you can create your own WCF data services (OData) and use PowerPivot to do some powerful analysis inside Excel 2010 as well as how to use the new sparklines feature. If you missed it: Add Spark to Your OData: Consuming Data Services in Excel 2010 Part 1 In this post I want...
  • Blog Post: Interop Forms Toolkit 2.1 Update for Visual Studio 2010

    “Back to the future” as Todd put it. That’s right, the Interop Forms Toolkit has been updated to support Visual Studio 2010. This was just a minor release in which the setup authoring was updated so that the toolkit now supports both Visual Studio 2008 and Visual Studio 2010. The toolkit features...
  • Blog Post: I’m Alive and Back from DevDays & TechDays Europe

    Jet lag, busy, busy, busy, busy, busy. That’s been my week so far preparing all the awesome content we have in store for you for Monday’s Visual Studio 2010 launch! Unfortunately this week has also taken me away from blogging and I have some fun stories from DevDays Netherlands and TechDays Belgium where...
  • Blog Post: Open XML SDK 2.0 Released!

    Many programs that need to process documents often require manipulation of the file formats directly and doing that through the Office component object model (COM) won’t scale very well. It also requires that Microsoft Office be installed to run. A better route in a lot of these cases is to use the Open...
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