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  • Blog Post: Summary of new Visual Basic Posts on Goto100

    I have been sitting on a long list of part finished posts on Visual Basic “stuff” intended for my other blog http://blogs.msdn.com/goto100/ . Last week I finally started to finish them and get them published. Enjoy. Virtualization and Visual Basic 6.0 applications There may be some circumstances where...
  • Blog Post: A random but interesting bunch of Visual Basic .NET reads

    Nothing special – just a list of good Visual Basic .NET articles I read over the last month. Enjoy: Visual Basic Lambdas are not quite the same as C# Lambdas. This article explains how to work around the differences . Visual Basic needs a hand with iterators as it has no specific syntax. Useful when...
  • Blog Post: I need to let this sink in… but interesting stuff. try/catch and filters

    Somebody posted a comment up my blog which contained something along the lines of  “and VB .NET does the clever try catch stuff that C# can’t” . That got parked at the back of my brain and I finally went off looking for what this was. Turns out there was a great post on it back in February 2009...
  • Blog Post: Visual Basic books in the UK were top sellers in the lead into Christmas

    I was looking at some statistics on developer book sales in the months leading up to Christmas 2008. Overall C# outsold VB (there are a lot of C# books to choose from!) BUT VB 2008 had three of the top five slots including the number one slot. Unfortunately I can’t share the data but I felt it was worth...
  • Blog Post: Secure your Visual Basic 6.0 investment with Microsoft .NET

    [Reminder: This blog is moving to http://geekswithblogs.net/iupdateable ] Over the last couple of months I have been working with Sarah in my group to pull together something which hopefully will help the many companies in the UK who continue to have a significant investment in Visual Basic 6.0 ...
  • Blog Post: Survey on the usage of Visual Basic 6.0 in UK companies – and maybe win a £1640 prize!

    [Survey is live from January 21st to January 26th, 2009] I have been working with my marketing colleague Sarah to create a survey to better understand the current reliance on Visual Basic 6.0 in the UK and what plans companies have to move to .NET (or not!). The survey is a little over 20 questions but...
  • Blog Post: The perfect Christmas present for your kids - a new release of Small Basic

    I have previously blogged on Small Basic and only this week snuck it into a session I was doing on Parallel Programming (It is the time of year when you can get away with that sort of stuff!). This is a great way for anyone to learn how to program - my 80 year old dad is now a huge fan. A new version...
  • Blog Post: Feedback appreciated on draft screencast on VB6 and the options to move to .NET

    I am working with partners to pull together guidelines, resources and special promotions on tools to help UK companies with VB6 make the right choice around moving (or not) to .NET. This will happen early in 2009. There will be a new landing page with the information and on that page will be a link to...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Flash Poll: When was the last time you wrote code in COM?

  • Blog Post: Say hi at DDD7 if you see me (and a piccy of me!)

    Saturday 22nd is DDD7 day in Reading – and I will be there in my official capacity as “the Microsoft person” – which is great as I missed out on registering in my capacity as “a dev in the UK who wants to learn from smart folks”. I would love to chat with: Anyone who knows me :-) Anyone who doesn’t ...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft releases yet another programming language - Introducing Small Basic

    Wow. I love this. This brings back all the great memories I had (even of the bugs) of how I first got into writing software using BASIC on the ZX80. My kids have already given it a massive thumbs up. First a big thanks to Vijaye for creating this in his spare time and secondly a thanks to whoever in...
  • Blog Post: VB6 Applications – I’m taking a fresh look at this area on Goto100

    Over on http://blogs.msdn.com/goto100 I will be taking a fresh look over the next few weeks at the question “What should we do with our VB6 applications?” I plan to explore the options, tools and resources available. You should expect few new “pearls of wisdom” (as this is a well travelled subject!)...
  • Blog Post: My low tech polls: show of hands at the UK MSDN events

    I have been asking a few “raise your hand” questions at the MSDN events we are currently delivering in various parts of the UK. I thought they would be worth sharing. What language do you code in? C# – around 60% VB – around 40% Something else (normally C++) – one or two folks Do you subscribe to the...
  • Blog Post: Q&A: Using both C# and Visual Basic .NET in the same Web Application

    I get quite a random set of questions coming into my Inbox from folks I meet at events, conferences and through my blog. I thought it might be useful if I started sharing my answers when these come in. To start this off, I was asked: “We have two .NET development teams after our company acquired a smaller...
  • Blog Post: Visual Basic and .NET Framework Versions

    A couple of folks have asked me recently about Visual Basic versions and .NET Framework versions and how they tie up. I thought I would have a stab at a concept map to demonstrate the relationship. Note that things got very different with the release of VB9. VB9 targets three versions of the framework...
  • Blog Post: C# and Microsoft.VisualBasic.dll

    As I dig into Visual Basic a bit further I to realise what I have been missing as a (lapsed) C# developer. A great example is some of the goodness wrapped up in Microsoft.VisualBasic.dll. It is a standard part of the .NET Framework and… is absolutely available to C# developers. Scott calls out one great...
  • Blog Post: UK MSDN events now scheduled

    Topics have been chosen, venues confirmed and details posted on our events site . We will be showing up at 6 cities through Sept and October with a lot of the content focused on Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1. Me – I will be delivering the “data bit” – in Visual Basic :-) I liked the tag line we went...
  • Blog Post: Great WPF application?

    Today I set aside sometime to watch some “random podcasts”. Ok, not that random in that I decided they either had to be about Entity Framework or WPF. The WPF episode I chose turned out to be a great choice – a real world line of business application which tries to use many of the capabilities of WPF...
  • Blog Post: Converting from C# to Visual Basic .NET

    I have been playing with tools to convert C# over to Visual Basic - given how many samples only exist as C# :-(. I posted a detailed list + recommendation over on Goto 100 .
  • Blog Post: Visual Basic samples for WPF book - Applications = Code + Markup

    Once again, Ged Meads work on WPF catches my eye. A big thanks to Ged, Young Joo and Evan Lim for converting the C# samples over to Visual Basic for Petzolds book on WPF (Only 3 left in stock at Amazon UK - lets get those sold as well - but be warned, the style/approach of this book may not appeal to...
  • Blog Post: 40% off .NET Books (UK)

    I posted details over at Goto100 - enjoy!
  • Blog Post: Building a "brand new application" - WPF, ADO.NET Data Services, LINQ to Entities with .NET Framework 3.5 SP1

    At the end of June I run workshops with 2 ISVs both looking to completely re-develop their applications. One is entirely VB6, the other a combination of VB6 with C++. The beauty of "starting from scratch" with a one to two year development plan is you can take a hard look at the latest technologies...
  • Blog Post: Maybe see you at NxtGenUG Fest08 in Reading on Thursday 12th?

    I love to put faces to names (not least because I am terrible with names but pretty decent with faces!). I am doing a short 10minute intro as part of the keynote of Fest08 tomorrow and hope to work in the back of the room as much as possible during the day and hang out with the attendees during the breaks...
  • Blog Post: VB6 migrations - two interviews for your enjoyment

    Over on my other blog I just posted two short interviews I did with Roberto (CEO of Artinsoft) and William (Lead Architect in Logica UK). Enjoy.
  • Blog Post: Visual Basic remains incredibly popular - but don't just take my word for it

    I see in my travels lots of developers using C# - but I also see plenty doing Visual Basic .NET, just not quite as many. I have been attempting to get a better feel for just how many folks are using which - and have been using highly scientific techniques such as getting folks to do show of hands at...
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