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  • 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: WPF Performance issues? Then maybe this tool can help…

    I am seeing more interest in building richer UX in WPF of late which is great. Since WPF is very powerful and very flexible, we are beginning to see developers hit UX performance issues as they build increasingly rich and exciting UI. The good news is we have a new release of our Performance Profiling...
  • Blog Post: VB links on Entity Framework, Data Services and WPF

    The following are all well worth a look: N-Tier Development with Data Services and Entity Framework (16mins) A PM on the team builds a simple ADO.NET Data Services application in VB. Dynamic Data Entry with XML Literals Dynamic creation of WPF maintenance screens using VB XML Literals. 12 new videos...
  • 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% Good stuff! Something else (normally C++) – one or two folks Do you subscribe...
  • Blog Post: Do you have Silverlight Beta 2 code? Then you really need to test with RC0.

    Tim has done a great job of explaining in lots of detail what you should be doing as a developer with RC0 in preparation for the final RTW. However I feel a simplification may help - then you can read what Tim has to say :-) If you have any users of your Silverlight Beta 2 code then there is a high chance...
  • Blog Post: The Silverlight team have made all code downloads available in VB and C#

    All the code downloads are now available in VB and C# which is great news http://silverlight.net/learn/videocat.aspx?cat=2 .
  • Blog Post: See you all in a weeks time

    I need to crack on with some other work today before my holiday. I should be back on the blogosphere (!) on the 18th. In the meantime – have fun, cut great code and always make up before bed time…
  • 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 written in Visual Basic

    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: 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: My first MSDN Flash is live - July 9th 2008

    Yesterday was my first MSDN Flash . It was fun to put together working with Mandy in Marketing. I think I roughly now understand the flow back and forth and next time it should be much easier. As promised - I managed to get a couple of Visual Basic links in there :-) Video Visual Basic 2008 and the future...
  • 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: 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...
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