Have you seen the buzz about the Visual Basic Futures that
have been announced today?
introduces project LINQ in his blog
entry, and Alan Griver
discusses the announcement in his
blog entry. You can think of this as giving you the ability to do queries
over data (relational, xml, and objects) simply using the natural, dynamic Visual
Basic syntax & experience. You get the richness of the tool (Intellisense
and validation) plus the flexibility of the forgiving language by default –
strictness is an option.
Here is a small snippet of sample code using LINQ to query
over “Country” data (it should feel very comfortable for VB and SQL
Dim SmallCountries = Select Country _
From Country In Countries _
Country.Population < 1000000
also just posted about a broader set of language features currently planned for
the next version of Visual Basic (beyond VB 2005 / Codename “Whidbey”)
– very cool stuff. See her blog entry
You can see the official announcements, articles, and even
try out working samples via the new Visual Basic Future page
on the VBasic dev center, thanks to our content strategist Brad McCabe and his recent
It’s very exciting to be part of the team who is going
to take LOB app development to the next level of productivity.