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    An Open Letter to the Community

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    Author's Note: Earlier today, I sent the attached note to each of the MVPs who signed the petition around VB6. Please let me know what you think. I noticed that you signed the petition at http://classicvb.org/petition . I'm mailing each of the MVPs who...
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    I need .NET Framework 2003 Applications!

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    I'm working to create a library of applications that we can use for testing compatibility between .NET Framework 2003 applications and Whidbey applications. We don't need source in order to do this, all we need is the binaries for the application, instructions...
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    I'm Hiring: Are you passionate about professional developers?

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    Are you passionate about helping to address the challenges that face professional developers? Do you have a technical background and innate marketing savvy? Then we need to talk. I'm building a team that will be responsible for marketing VS Standard...
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    Toronto Rocked

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    I went up to Toronto last week and gave my first keynote at VSLive Toronto . The show was a lot of fun and had about 450 people show up. The talk was a lot about the productivity enhancements coming in VS 2005 with Paul Yuknewicz doing a demo of VB 2005...
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    Favorite Starter Kit Ideas

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    I've heard a lot of feedback that we should put together some starter kits in VB that people can use to get going with VB. I love the idea and want to start creating them and start seeding the community to create them. However, every time that I've...
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    More on VB6 Support

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    There have been a lot of questions raised about the “end” of support for Visual Basic 6.0 recently that are worthwhile addressing. Let’s just get the biggest question out of the way: Support is not ending. Let me say that again: Support is not ending...
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    Interesting Commentary

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    Richard Grimes posted his final column in Dr. Dobbs the other day. Dan Fernandez replied to part of it in his blog and I also found Scott Swigart's reply on some of the VB comments interesting. What do you think?
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    Partially-trusted applications?

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    We're running a survey (only takes about 3 minutes) to get some feedback on partially-trusted applications. How many of you are building them? What do you think? Here's your chance to let us know: http://host.ultimatesurvey.com/microsoft/surveys/takesurvey...
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    Say Hi to Visual Basic Express

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    This blog enty’s a little late because I’ve been running around like mad at TechEd Europe, but I just wanted to add to the chorus of good news around the launch of the Visual Studio Express line. We launched Express with a demo of VB Express...
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    Are you using the community technical previews?

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    One of the new things that we're doing during this product cycle is releasing a series of Community Technical Previews. For those of you who haven't used a Community Tech Preview, they're pre-beta releases of the product. Normally when we release a beta...
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    Looking for training?

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    One of the things that I spent a lot of today thinking about was the best way to provide training for VB developers - both those who are already using VB .NET and want to take it to the next level and those who are using VB6 and want to kick the tires...
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    Five Years and Counting

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    Yesterday I hit my 5 year anniversary with Microsoft...the hard way. I was a dev and a dev lead on the .NET Framework from 1997 through 2001, left for a couple of years to go back to school and then came back as the VB Product Manager last August. I wasn...
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    Not going back

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    In talking to developers down at TechEd, I got the overwhelming feeling that those who had made the move to VB.NET didn't ever want to go back to VB6. Have you made the move? How do feel about it? What was the feature that convinced you that you wanted...
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    Hiring for VB

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    We're looking for a new writer/programmer to join the VB team. If you're passionate about helping people to understand how to create world-beating applications in VB, check out the description below. Developer Tools User Education is looking for...
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    VB @ The Movies Has Gone Live

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    Check out VB @ The Movies - We've got 101 short videos of how to do everything from creating a checked list box, include data in your form, build a web app, or customize the IDE. While a lot of this content is targetted at the beginning developer, we...
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    Who wants a migration community site?

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    From time to time, we host migration labs in Redmond where we invite some large customers to bring in their VB6 applications and we help them get started on the process of migrating these to VB.NET. Blair Stephenson, one of the recent attendees, was so...
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    Gong Xi Fa Cai!

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    Happy Chinese New Year! (well, a couple of days late). As a part of my Chinese New Year resolutions, I'm going to write more in this blog, so look for an entry at least weekly. I spent last week down at VSLive and had a chance to catch up with a bunch...
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    VBRun: The Visual Basic 6.0 Resource Center

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    I'm happy to announced that we launched a new subsite for the Visual Basic Developers Center today: VBRun: The Visual Basic 6.0 Resource center . This site highlights some of our best VB 6.0 content from the MSDN archive, has some new content on making...
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    Meet with the VB Team at TechEd!

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    Are you going to be down at TechEd in Orlando in a couple of weeks? Are you interested in meeting with the Visual Basic team while you’re down there? Nine people from the VB team are going to be down at TechEd and we’re very interested in meeting...
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    VB World User Group Tour Kicks Off In Portland

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    Presenting to the Portland Area Dotnet User Group (PADNUG) was an absolute blast…despite having my demo crash. Jay Schmelzer and I headed down to Portland on Thursday afternoon (yes, this did make it the Jay and Jay show. VB keeps the simple...
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    Looking for training?

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    One of the things that I spent a lot of today thinking about was the best way to provide training for VB developers - both those who are already using VB .NET and want to take it to the next level and those who are using VB6 and want to kick the tires...
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    UG Tour Photos from Boston

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    We've got some photos from the UG Tour! The reverse user group tour in Boston. Steven during the presentation. Amanda takes a question Amanda, Chris Pels (Boston UG Leader), and Steven after the presentation. And I finally went out...
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    TechEd User Group Tours

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    While we were down in San Diego for TechEd, we stopped at the San Diego .NET User Group and did a combined VB/C# presentation of the new stuff that's coming in Whidbey for both languages. It was pretty interesting because the audience was divided among...
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    Soma's Blog

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    Have any of you checked out Soma's blog ? For those of you who don't know Soma, he's the VP who owns all of developer tools and sets direction for the development teams. I'm psyched that he's joined the blogosphere and started to tell us what he's thinking...
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    European User Group Tour

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    So I'm very remiss in not having already blogged about the European User Group tour. In the two weeks after TechEd Europe at the end of June, the VB team visited 11 different user groups around Europe including Amsterdam, Munich, Milan, Vienna, Vic, Porto...
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