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  • Blog Post: UK Visual Basic 6.0 Migration Case Studies – 800K LOC moved to C#

    I have worked on and off with UK company Vertex for 13 years and like many large companies, some of their applications contain code that I first saw 13 years back – Visual Basic 6.0 code. Recently they managed to ensure compliance and business continuity by upgrading not one, but two of their mission...
  • Blog Post: blogs.msdn.com/ericnel has moved to IUpdateable

    My main blog (started back in 2004) has now moved to http://geekswithblogs.net/iupdateable/ as described here and will have a healthy number of VB posts. I also managed to grab http://iupdateable.com/ :-)
  • Blog Post: Results of Visual Basic Survey (UK)

    In January we created a survey to understand how folks were using Visual Basic 6.0 and Visual Basic .NET in the UK. This survey was sent out to individuals we “suspected” had Visual Basic 6.0 heritage but it was also widely advertised through the UK MSDN Flash to UK developers. We got plenty of great...
  • Blog Post: Visual Basic Upgrade Wizard vs 3rd Party Migration Tools

    [If you are UK based, check out www.microsoft.com/uk/vbmigration for more information ] A question I get asked a lot is “Are 3rd party migration tools really that much better than the free upgrade wizard from Microsoft?” Lets me be perfectly candid. Whilst I always recommend people should try the free...
  • Blog Post: New article on extending VB6.0 applications with the Interop Forms Toolkit 2.0

    I just wanted to swiftly share some useful links if you choose to extend a Visual Basic 6.0 application including a new article I commissioned in the UK – which turned out rather good. Firstly links to the toolkit download and some of the best existing articles. The Interop Forms Toolkit 2.0 which you...
  • Blog Post: Secure your Visual Basic 6.0 investment with Microsoft .NET

    [This is currently a UK only initiative but you will still find a lot of useful information on the new site and I know our partners are happy to engage worldwide] 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...
  • Blog Post: Survey on the usage of Visual Basic 6.0 in UK companies

    [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 United Kingdom and what plans companies have to move to .NET (or not!). The survey is a little over 20...
  • Blog Post: Anybody for some free (and clever!) Visual Basic 2008 training?

    In the UK we are working with InnerWorkings to create a great offer of training to UK developers. We still have some stuff to sort out but I am hopeful that we will be able to share the details of this very early in 2009. In my previous depth role we used InnerWorking successfully to help early adopters...
  • Blog Post: Interview with Richard Warnett of Financial Objects on their decision to go with Visual Basic .NET

    A big thanks to Richard for taking the time to do this. I have known Financial Objects for many years and have been impressed with how they have successfully taken forward their VB6 investment onto .NET using Visual Basic .NET. I would love to do a few more of these with UK companies who have happily...
  • Blog Post: A very good showing of VB developers

    As folks should know, as of July I stopped doing any demos in C# (pretty much) and switched to Visual Basic .NET – the simple reason being I know at every event we attend we have a large contingent of VB developers that we make sit through C# demo after demo – for which I apologise. I think last Wednesday...
  • Blog Post: Updated the list of events I will be attending/delivering sessions

    Just a quick note to say I have updated my “ Eric will be appearing ” page. October is looking busy :-) 2nd MSDN Event Reading http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/bb905504.aspx for all MSDN events 7th MSDN Event Manchester 14th MSDN Event Birmingham 16th MSDN Event Edinburgh 22nd MSDN Event Bristol 23rd...
  • 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: 40% off Visual Basic .NET and C# Books ... (UK)

    Visual Basic 6 developer moving to .NET - you need a good book! http://www.microsoft-press.co.uk/hellodotnet I have been looking for ways to help the Visual Basic 6 folks transition to .NET. Paul in my old ISV team suggested a discount of Microsoft Press VB books. He kicked off a conversation with MS...
  • 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: And now...the end is near...

    In the MSDN Flash June 25th issue my colleague Mike gave his farewell. His mention of a typewriter has inadvertently reminded me of a great story from my early days of playing around with computers - but I will save that for "Editor's Intro" in the next Flash, due in stores on July 9th (and expect a...
  • Blog Post: Eric will be appearing in person...

    I have created a page with my future "gigs" listed - all an opportunity to see some Visual Basic, chuckle when I add a semicolon and pull me up on it if I do C# from start to finish :-) For the moment it is just a simple list but it is crying out to be a calendar... (or a wiki?)
  • Blog Post: Eric will be appearing...

    Thought I would have an attempt to list where you could bump into me in person (or where you need to avoid bumping into me) - and should see some Visual Basic .NET as a result :-) NB: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/bb905504.aspx for all MSDN events 2008 August Nothing Scheduled yet -...
  • Blog Post: Proposed VB sessions for my new role - comments welcome

    One of the roles of my new team is to offer a "menu" of .NET sessions to UK user groups. I was pondering about adding a couple of specific Visual Basic sessions to that "menu" and see if there was take up. I came up with the following. Any thoughts? Visual Basic 6.0 and the .NET Framework – co-existence...
  • Blog Post: Top 5 questions in my last year working with ISV early adopters

    As I get ready to transition role, I find myself increasingly thinking "what happened in the last 12 months that would be useful to take into the next 12 months". One of the great bits about my current role is I spend a lot of time 1:1 in day long, two day long, three day long engagements talking about...
  • Blog Post: UK jobs using Visual Basic?

    I was wondering what folks felt the job market looked like out there for Visual Basic .NET developers? Based on my experiences with ISVs it appears healthy to me - but I have had some feedback to say that Visual Basic .NET jobs are rare. I would love a few more anecdotal bits of feedback. Thanks all...
  • 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: An advert for Goto100...

    Mandy in marketing asked me to "Create some text that we could use on a flyer to tell folks why they might want to visit that new blog of yours on Visual Basic". My first thought was "Cripes - I haven't got any real content yet!" - but I'm glad to say that thought was soon replaced with a "Hmmm.... I...
  • Blog Post: Interview with William Morgan of Logica UK

    William has been heavily involved in helping UK companies migrate their VB6 applications to .NET. William kindly agreed to a short interview. Enjoy. William, could you just say a few words about your role inside Logica? Hi Eric, I’m the Lead Architect for Logica’s finance business in the UK. The role...
  • Blog Post: Interview with Artinsoft CEO Roberto Leiton Garro

    A little over a year back I first spoke to Roberto to see if Artinsoft could help me with a large ISV with a significant investment in Visual Basic 6. Since then I have had the pleasure to meet Roberto on a number of occasions and have seen Artinsoft do good work with UK ISVs migrating from VB6. Roberto...
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