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  • 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: 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: Comparing CodeArchitects VB Migration Partner with our Free Upgrade Wizard

    One of the companies I am currently working with is CodeArchitects and more specifically Francesco Balena . Francesco has deep knowledge on all things VB which he (thankfully) decided to transfer into the form of a VB6 migration tool – VB Migration Partner . I have had lots of feedback over the years...
  • Blog Post: Upgrading VB6 applications – a moment to reflect :-)

    I’ve now spent a bit of time with the book ”Upgrading Visual Basic 6.0 Applications to Visual Basic .NET and Visual Basic 2005” , so what are my thoughts about it? The good news is it remains a comprehensive and valuable resource for anyone planning to move their VB6 applications to .NET. However it...
  • Blog Post: ASP to ASP.NET

    Visual Basic migration to .NET includes: VB6 rich client migration – which represents the majority of migration projects I have seen ASP to ASP.NET migration – aka vbscript migration Access migration – aka vba migration (although Access migration often initially involves just moving the data onto SQL...
  • Blog Post: Functional Equivalence vs Application Advancement (and Vertical vs Horizontal)

    These are a couple of useful terms I’ve picked up from the ”Upgrading Visual Basic 6.0 Applications to Visual Basic .NET and Visual Basic 2005” guide (I really need an acronym to refer to this book!). They refer to two stages of the upgrade process: Functional equivalence means that your .NET application...
  • Blog Post: Estimating the effort to move to .NET

    Software estimation is difficult at the best of times (which is why I recommend Software Estimation Demystified ), but estimating how long an upgrade will take to an environment you’re not familiar with is going to be hard to get right. There’s a utility accompanying the “Upgrading Visual Basic 6.0 Applications...
  • Blog Post: Moving between Visual Basic and C# syntax

    There are several tools available to convert back and forth – but sometimes all you really need is a simple side by side comparison . It doesn’t include many of the latest features but it is a handy thing to have around if you are moving back and forth between the languages.
  • 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: New find – Visual Basic 2005 development blog

    It is 12am and I should be sleeping but I just stumbled across this blog site by Arsalan Tamiz focusing on VB 2005 development http://arsalantamiz.blogspot.com/ . It appears to have been only going a few months but he has been very busy! Plenty for me to read through later this week. 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: Visual Basic 2008 Express Edition - #1 in the UK

    I remembered Paul Vick (VB team) spoke to Scott end of 2008 – and as part of that Paul mentioned four interesting metrics. Visual Basic is the #1 .NET language (as reported by Forrester Research) Visual Basic is the #1 downloaded and #1 registered Express Edition (topping the #2 position by 20%) Visual...
  • 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: Converting from C# to Visual Basic .NET

    First Created: Wednesday 23rd July 2008 Updated: Thursday 24th July 2008 - added Telerik I have been playing with C# to Visual Basic converters. There are a few around and I have included the best I came across. However right now there is one clear winner if you want to work with the new language...
  • 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: 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: 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...
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