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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: 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: Ready - Launch Tour 2005

    November 7th and the launch of Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005, and BizTalk 2006 is getting close. If you are looking to learn about any of these products but have been unable to convince your boss to send you to the global launch event in San Francisco don’t worry. The launch team will be traveling...
  • Blog Post: Kid Programming Language (KPL)

    There is a new article out about KPL , or the Kid Programming Language . This is a really neat idea that is being supported by Microsoft and was recently featured on the Coding4Fun site on MSDN. I have played with this some and the syntax is very much like Visual Basic however the IDE it comes...
  • 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: C++ 2005 Express and Half Life Moding

    I have never been a big computer gamer, that is why I have an XBox, but this announcement yesterday is pretty neat. Numerous folks here at Microsoft have been working with Valve, the creators of Half Life and Counter-Strike, to make Visual C++ 2005 Express work for creating mods and enhancements to...
  • 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...
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