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  • Blog Post: New LINQ Preview Bits Released

    The VB team has release a new version of the LINQ preview bits. You can download the January preview and check out the latest MSDN TV episode on link at http://msdn.microsoft.com/vbasic/Future/default.aspx . For those of you unsure of what LINQ is, it is new technology that was announced at PDC last...
  • Blog Post: Register Now for the MIX '06 Conference in Las Vegas

    This sounds like a cool event for web developers, here is the marketing blurb: Attend the MIX conference, a LIVE! conversation between web developers, designers and business leaders, being held in Las Vegas from March 20 - 22 at the Venetian hotel with Bill Gates and Tim O’Reilly. Click here...
  • Blog Post: New Composite UI Application Block

    The patterns and practices team has just released a new Composite UI Application Block. Below is a short summary, or you can get more information here . The Composite UI Application Block December 2005 Release is a source code-based component built on the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 that provides...
  • Blog Post: VBUG 2005 Winter Conference - Reading, UK

    When we rolled out the new Developer Center pages with the VS 2005 launch last week one of things that we deployed was a couple of reporting tools that we are doing a comparison and analyses of. One of the most interesting reports to me was a report that did a reverse look up on an IP address to determine...
  • Blog Post: Pre-RTM Visual Studio 2005 Automatic Uninstall Tool

    You should install the RTM version of Visual Studio 2005 on a clean machine, that is one that did not have a prior BETA or CTP installed on it. This is not possible for everyone and there are many people that had prior builds installed. Dan Fernandez has posted a link to an automatic uninstall tool that...
  • Blog Post: Feature Pack for SQL Server 2005 Released

    The first Feature Pack for SQL Server 2005 has been released. According to the downloads page it contains: The Feature Pack is a collection of standalone install packages that provide additional value for SQL Server 2005. It includes: Latest versions of redistributable components for SQL...
  • Blog Post: New Web Deployment Project for ASP.NET

    New on the ASP.NET site today is a cool thing for deployment -- Web Deployment projects. (Download here .) This is an add-in VS project type that manages an MSBuild file and lets manage you all sorts of build configurations, pre- and post-processing, etc. Included with the new project type is a new utility...
  • Blog Post: VS and SQL Officially Launched

    It’s official, Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005 are now launched. Not only can the general public purchase both of these products, but the trial downloads are available as well as the no-cost Express downloads . As part of the launch MSDN has released an updated Visual Studio Dev Center and...
  • Blog Post: LINQ Updates for Visual Studio 2005 (RTM)

    Now that Visual Studio is gold and has been RTMed if you are working with the LINQ preview you will need to update your machine to a newer build of LINQ. You can grab the bits from here .
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2005 and SQL 2005 Released

    Visual Studio 2005 (Standard, Pro, and Express versions) and SQL Server 20005 has been released and are avaialbe for download for MSDN subscribers . For a good overview of the new features in Visual Basic 2005 check out Ken Getz's article . For more in depth information you can find a collection of...
  • Blog Post: Code Snippet Channel 9 Video

    The VB team has posted a new video on Channel9 about Code Snippets in VS2005. Click here to check out the 38min show. Here are some of the exciting topics that you can look forward to hearing about: What code snippets are and why they were created in VB 2005. How to invoke snippets...
  • Blog Post: More talk about the future of Visual Basic

    Normally I don't like to make entries that are just a collection of links, but this time I will make an exception. Here are some other blogs and posts about the future of Visual Basic and Project LINQ: http://www.panopticoncentral.net/archive/2005/09/13/10501.aspx - Paul Vick http://blogs.msdn...
  • Blog Post: My.Blogs Released

    Today we just posted the My.Blogs sample . This is a great demonstrations by Chris Mayo and others on the Visual Basic team that shows you how to extend the My object in Visual Basic 2005. Besides being a great My extension sample it, since it is built to read and write blogs. It gives people easy access...
  • Blog Post: Talking about the future of Visual Basic

    Today at PDC the future direction of Visual Basic is being discussed. We have posted some resources on MSDN to help developers learn about some of the new futures, such as Project LINQ. Check out the VB Future page. Also, if you could not make PDC we have posted the entire contents of the VB PDC Resource...
  • Blog Post: Wanted, Dead or Alive!

    Ok, got your attention with the title. The Code Snippet team has started a discussion on the MSDN Forums asking folks to submit there most request code snippet. If you are not familiar with code snippets in 2005 check out the Code Snippet FAQ . While VB will be shipping with hundreds of code snippets...
  • Blog Post: Free Training CD from AppDev

    Even more great offers. Microsoft and AppDev , a leading developer training company, have partnered to give away a free ASP.NET 2.0 using Visual Basic 2005 Beta 2 Training CD or ASP.NET 2.0 using C# 2005 Beta 2 CD . From the AppDev web site: “See why thousands of developers nationwide have voted AppDev...
  • Blog Post: Free ASP.NET Learning Challenges for Visual Basic .NET Developers

    If you have not already heard, InnerWorkings is providing a collection of ASP.NET learning challenges for Visual Basic .NET developers . InnerWorkings offers migration resources for VB developers – FREE to MSDN users for a limited time! You also get 3 technical articles and an eBook on VB .NET from...
  • Blog Post: Free eLearning and Book Chapters

    When your whole life is all about Visual Studio, sometimes it's easy to get a little too heads-down and forget that there are some integrated technologies that you're going to need to know and use. So today, take a few minutes to learn about Indigo and SQL Server 2005. Microsoft Learning has some great...
  • Blog Post: Merge Multiple .NET Assemblies Into One

    Here is a great "power toy" for .NET developers, ILMerge . ILMerge will allow you to combine multiple .NET assemblies into one. This allows lots of different possibilities, the most common of which is if you have a project where some of the code was developed by a VB team and others by a C# team....
  • Blog Post: Want to Customize your menus in Visual Studio 2005? Here's how...

    The VB IDE Team has a great post about customizing the menu in VS 2005. Check it out on their blog here .
  • Blog Post: Additional Free Refactorings Available for Refactor

    If you have registered your free copy of Refactor you are eligible for two new refactorings from Developer Express to add to the existing options already available in the product. If you have not already tried Refactor you can download Refactor for free and register to get this additions. The new...
  • Blog Post: Lots and Lots of Code Samples

    We have been busy publishing and posting code samples for Visual Basic 2005 the last week or so. For starters (sorry, no pun intended) there are two new start kits . The first is a Shareware Starter Kit. T he Shareware Starter Kit is a sample application that implements the common features in shareware...
  • Blog Post: Developer Division Executive Blogs

    Not everyone is aware that a large number of Microsoft Executives and leaders have blogs of their own. Check out the listing of Developer Division Leaders and their blogs on the Visual Studio Dev Center . Now you can read about the latest information right from the top. Visual Basic developers should...
  • Blog Post: Free Online Books

    For those of you that were wondering if I got stuck in Florida or something after Tech Ed, the answer is no. My password had gotten messed up and I could not log into my own blog. Every time I wanted to do something I could not sign in but I was so busy with other things I did not take the time to get...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2005 Launch Date

    If you where not at Tech Ed or missed the press last week the launch date for Visual Studio 2005 is the week of November 7th. You can read the press announcement here .
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