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  • Blog Post: Another reason for using LINQ to Relational – avoiding SQL Injection attacks

    There are lots of great reasons to use LINQ to SQL or LINQ to Entities – but I forgot this one. I just came across this nicely written article which explores this area in some detail and makes a good case for why LINQ can help. All in glorious Visual Basic. Enjoy.
  • Blog Post: Visual Basic and .NET Framework Versions

    Hi all, apologies for the pause in blogging. This is holiday season and I am … having plenty of holiday :-) (Which makes a nice change) 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...
  • 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: 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: Ged Mead on Windows Presentation Foundation

    UK Visual Basic MVP Ged has been taking a look at WPF this year. I spotted his post on WPF Basics: How To Play Sounds and Music in Windows Presentation Foundation a couple of weeks back and found it a clean, easy to follow example - that really tried to help others avoid some of those frustrations you...
  • Blog Post: Intellisense - VB 2005 vs VB2008 + a great example of mixing VB with XML

    I had not appreciated just how much intellisense had improved between releases of Visual Basic until I spent 6mins watching this (which isn't a huge surprise as I have never coded in VB 2005). Lisa also does a great job of showing the real power of XML Literals in VB - mixing VB code inside the XML,...
  • 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...
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