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  • Blog Post: History of Visual Studio

    I just started catching up on a cool series on Channel 9: The Visual Studio Documentary The documentary kicks off by taking you back to the days of MS-DOS and Alan Cooper who originally sold Visual Basic to Bill Gates back in 1988. It has a lot of BASIC and Windows history and it’s pretty fun to watch...
  • Blog Post: Working with a Local Database File in Visual Studio

    In this post and video I’ve shown folks how to work with a local database file (.mdf, .mdb, .sdf) that resides directly inside your project in order to see updates made while debugging your application. If it looks like everything saves fine while debugging, but you can’t see the updates if you look...
  • Blog Post: Visual Basic Power Packs also included with Visual Studio 2010

    If you’re like me and used to having line & shape controls , PrintForm and a handy DataRepeater as part of your toolbox then you’ll be excited to know that these controls are also going to be installed with Visual Studio 2010. On Friday, Yunfeng Dong mentioned on the VS Data team blog that the VB...
  • Blog Post: Visual Basic Start Page News Channel in Visual Studio

    I’ve had a couple questions lately on how to change the Visual Studio start page news feed so I thought I’d write a quick post on how to do it. When you open Visual Studio for the first time it will ask you what development environment setting it should use. You can pick Visual Basic, C#, General, Web...
  • Blog Post: Sara Finishes Her Visual Studio Tips Book

    One of my good friends Sara Ford finally finished her Visual Studio Tips book , based on her super popular tip-of-the-day blog series she started over a year ago when I first started Microsoft. The amazing thing about the book is that she's dedicating 100% of the profits to create a scholarship at the...
  • Blog Post: Channel 9 Interview: Refactoring in Visual Basic with Refactor!

    I just released a Channel 9 screencast with Lisa Feigenbaum , PM on the VB IDE Team, where she shows us how to use Refactor!, the free add-in for Visual Studio 2005 and 2008 that provides over 30 refactorings for Visual Basic. Lisa walks us through all the new refactorings that were added for the latest...
  • Blog Post: New Community Article - Using Business Objects with WCF

    There's a new article up on the VB Dev Center by Rob Windsor , a follow up from his first Getting Started with WCF article, called Using Custom Business Objects with Windows Communication Foundation . Rob explains how to serialize your own custom business objects using WCF DataContracts and what issues...
  • Blog Post: MSDN geekSpeak: Generics in Visual Basic

    Listen to the always entertaining Jim Duffy , Visual Basic MVP, talk about generics and more in Visual Basic on MSDN's geekSpeak. In this segment, Jim answers common developer questions about not only use of generics, but also some language-specific features of VB.NET. Jim, I know you love Rush but do...
  • Blog Post: Using Data Across Multiple Windows Forms

    Recently I've had more than a few questions about how to handle working with data across multiple forms. If you've watched my Forms over Data video series you know how to create a database , connect to it , save your data properly , and work with data in your code . In this post I'll expand upon those...
  • Blog Post: Binding Multiple Combo Boxes to the Same Data Source

    Recently the VB Team received a customer bug submitted through Connect that had to do with binding multiple combo boxes to the same data source. The customer was reporting that once a selection was made in one combo, the other combos were also changing. The resolution was "By Design" because of the way...
  • Blog Post: Converting VS 2005 Projects to VS 2008 - Enabling LINQ

    So you have an application you've written in Visual Studio 2005 and you want to dig in, convert this baby, and start using LINQ in Visual Studio 2008. In this post I'm going to outline what steps are involved to get LINQ working based on what providers you may want to use. In Visual Studio 2008 there...
  • Blog Post: Line and Shape Controls For Visual Basic Just Released

    The VB Team just released an updated version of the Visual Basic Power Packs on the VB Developer Center that includes a new set of controls for Visual Studio 2005 that allow you to draw lines, rectangle and oval shapes on your Windows Forms. These controls encapsulate many of the graphics methods that...
  • Blog Post: Forms Over Data Video Series - Two More Videos Released

    I just released two more videos ( #15 , #16 ) in the Forms Over Data video series . One is on understanding data binding and how it works from database all the way to the controls you see on forms. We talk about the relationship between the TableAdapter, the BindingSource and the DataSet and I show how...
  • Blog Post: Object Binding Series - Just Added One More!

    I just added a new video ( #4 ) to the Object Binding Series on filtering your custom objects -- based on customer request -- so keep them coming! The code is also attached . Enjoy!
  • Blog Post: More Visual Basic on Channel9

    I just posted Cameron McColl's Channel9 video where he talks about the performance improvements made in VS 2008. Check it out! In this in interview Cameron McColl, a Developer on the Visual Basic Team, shows us what kinds of performance improvements were made in Visual Studio 2008. He walks us through...
  • Blog Post: An Example of Dynamic Programming in VB

    I've been asked by more than a few people in the community for an example of dynamic programming using Visual Basic. Most people understand the benefits of dynamic programming but are still unsure of the implementation details in VB. But for those readers that are unfamiliar with the term (which by the...
  • Blog Post: TableAdapters and Transactions

    In my last post I showed you how to save related parent-child DataTables in proper update, insert and delete order by controlling how the TableAdapters saved the rows. In this next post I'll demonstrate how we can do this inside a database transaction. We use transactions when we want all rows updated...
  • Blog Post: Working with TableAdapters and Related DataTables

    This past couple weeks I've been asked to help out a few people in the community work through a couple snags they were having with respect to the TableAdapters and how they should work in a multi-user application when updating related parent-child tables. The basic idea is very simple but there are a...
  • Blog Post: Debugging Hybrid VB6/.NET Applications

    To wrap up this series of posts on hybrid applications with the Interop Forms Toolkit , I'd like to talk about debugging. There's a couple ways we can go about debugging with VB6 and Visual Studio and depending on where you're spending most of your coding time, you may opt for one method or the other...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Interop UserControls with RegFree-COM

    One of the features of the latest Interop Forms Toolkit is the ability to develop UserControls in addition to Windows Forms. In a previous post , I showed how to create a simple Interop UserControl. I also have a video here on creating them , and one here on deploying a hybrid application using the standard...
  • Blog Post: Visual Basic Interop Video Series is Live!

    This how-to video series is focused on the Interop Forms Toolkit and working with Visual Basic .NET and Visual Basic 6 together. The Interop Forms Toolkit allows Visual Basic developers to migrate their Visual Basic 6 applications over to .NET using a phased migration strategy. Instead of having to convert...
  • Blog Post: Object Binding Video Series is Live!

    This how-to video series is focused on more advanced data binding techniques using object binding in Visual Basic 2005. The series walks through creating business objects and how to associate them in one-to-many relationships, how to provide searching capabilities and how to enable sorting. Download...
  • Blog Post: Forms over Data Video Series #2 is Live!

    I just uploaded more videos to Microsoft Downloads! I wanted to post the direct links here and the matching code downloads for all of you immediately even though MSDN will be creating a pretty landing page like this one for them this week, probably tomorrow or Wednesday. (I'll update this post when that...
  • Blog Post: Interop Forms Toolkit - Your New Best Friend

    I've been heads down this week (re)learning an older technology -- Visual Basic 6! With all the things to focus on like this , this and this you're probably asking "Um, Beth, WHY!?". It's because I've really been learning the Interop Forms Toolkit 2.0 in order to bring you some killer videos on the subject...
  • Blog Post: Building a Secure Login Form (Parameterized Queries Part 2)

    In my first post on parameterized queries I built a simple login form that really was a contrived example meant to showcase how to use the TableAdapter Configuration Wizard to configure a parameterized query. However, since I opened myself up here, I felt it socially responsible to show how to make this...
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