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    Kid Programming Language (KPL)

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    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...
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    More talk about the future of Visual Basic

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    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...
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    My.Blogs Released

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    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...
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    Talking about the future of Visual Basic

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    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...
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    Visual Basic 6.0 to VB.NET Upgrade Guidance - Community Pre-Release

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    The Patterns and Practices group is working on providing guildance on moving from VB 6.0 to either 2003 or 2005. They are also working on a new Migration Assessment tool. You can join the workspace for the upcoming guidance and get a preview of the guidance...
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    Wanted, Dead or Alive!

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    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 . ...
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    Free Training CD from AppDev

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    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...
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    Free ASP.NET Learning Challenges for Visual Basic .NET Developers

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    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...
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    C++ 2005 Express and Half Life Moding

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    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...
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    Free eLearning and Book Chapters

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    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...
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    Merge Multiple .NET Assemblies Into One

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    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...
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    Want to Customize your menus in Visual Studio 2005? Here's how...

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    The VB IDE Team has a great post about customizing the menu in VS 2005. Check it out on their blog here .
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    PDC Sold Out

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    PDC is now sold out. If you were planning on attending but did not get a spot you can still get in on the action. We will be posting lots of great content to MSDN and the VB Dev Center during the week of PDC so check back often that week to learn about...
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    Additional Free Refactorings Available for Refactor

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    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...
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    Lots and Lots of Code Samples

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    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...
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    Visual Basic Sessions at PDC

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    If you have not seen the sessions for PDC have been posted for a little bit of time. While there are various VB sessions at this years PDC it seems that Paul Vick’s VB session (Future Directions in Language Innovation from Paul Vick) is falling a bit...
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    Windows Vista Developer Center and BETA 1 Bits are Live

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    You can visit the new Windows Vista (formally Longhorn) Developer Center and check out some cool new content and a nice user interface. In addition MSDN subscribers can download the BETA 1 bits for Windows Vista. While not a feature complete BETA the...
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    Developer Division Executive Blogs

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    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...
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    PDC Early Bird Registration Ending Soon

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    If you have not already signed up for PDC time is running out for the Early Bird discount. Check out the session summaries and register before the end of the month.
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    Windows Vista

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    So if you have not heard, Windows Longhorn is now offically named. It will be Windows Vista . In additon BETA 1, targeted at developers and IT Pros would be available by August 3rd, with a final ship date in 2006. I think in the final version there...
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    IdeaBlade and Free Version

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    I spent some time on the phone yesterday with Robert Otto of IdeaBlade. IdeaBlade is a “developer productivity suite for data-intensive client/server applications “. They have made a free version available to MSDN readers at http://www.ideablade.com...
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    Free Online Books

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    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...
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    C# Gets “My”, Well Sort Of

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    If you have read my previous blog about the My namespace in Visual Basic you understand how much I like this. Well it seems so do C# developers. Juval Lowy has been busy creating a “That” class in C# that wraps up and exposes the My functionality (with...
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    Visual Studio 2005 Launch Date

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    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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    My First MSDN Article

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    Now that I have been here for three months I have finally gotten a few minutes to write my first article as an official Microsoft employee. By far not my first published article, but still a bit of a milestone for me. So in a bit of shameless self...
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