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  • Blog Post: A few rough edges in our shiny new Data stack

    We have a rather impressive set of new technologies for working with data – LINQ, LINQ to SQL, LINQ to Entities, Data Services, ASP.NET Dynamic Data etc. What I am finding is… they don’t all get on with each other as well as you might have thought. My current battle is using ADO.NET Data Services with...
  • Blog Post: Another new find for me – MyVBProf.com

    Just stumbled across this great resource of very nicely done screencasts on developing with Visual Basic 2008. Each topic area is split into a number of 10minute screencasts which are very professionally done. Great work by Bill Burrows who is a faculty member in Information Systems in the Business School...
  • Blog Post: Visual Basic vs C# LINQ syntax

    LINQ has two syntaxes – Lamda syntax and Comprehension syntax. Each has their uses and you can happily mix them. Lamda syntax is stuff like: var longWords = words.Where( w => w.length > 10); Dim longWords = words.Where(Function(w) w.length > 10) Where as Comprehension syntax is much more similar...
  • Blog Post: 200 LINQ Samples in Visual Basic

    I recently discovered LINQPad . It is written by Joseph Albahari who wrote C# 3.0 in a NutShell and contains all the samples from his book. It is an amazing tool – and not an obvious tool to turn to if you are a Visual Basic developer. However – a certain Federico Daniel Colombo has converted all the...
  • Blog Post: Visual Basic vs C# - early adopters favour C#?

    This myth is typically from someone in Microsoft who thinks, codes, demos and blogs in C# and wants to justify why they might ignore Visual Basic - errrr.... such as me a few months back. Sorry. "Sure - there may well be a lot of folks using Visual Basic .NET but they are not my audience. I am...
  • 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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