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    Hidden Gems in Visual Basic 2008 (Amanda Silver)

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    Yesterday I promised to post about the hidden gems in Visual Basic and Visual Studio 2008 that you haven’t read about in blog posts or seen at conferences. I forgot that I mentioned a few of my favorite features in the Beta1 announcement where I...
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    Paper on XML features of VB9

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    Just wanted to point out a paper Brian Beckman and Erik Meijer wrote on the XML features of VB9.
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    Visual Basic "Orcas" Beta1 is in the wild! (Amanda Silver)

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    Woohoo! Its official , we finally got Orcas Beta1 out the door! We’re very excited to get this release out to you so we can finally talk about some of the stuff we’ve been working on in addition to the LINQ and XML feature-set. We believe that Orcas Beta1...
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    Visual Basic 2008 Ships!!! (Amanda Silver)

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    Hooray! Today we’ve finally shipped Visual Studio 2008, previously known as “Orcas”, previously known as some symbol which doesn’t have an ascii representation. We’ve come a long way , but it’s been a great ride. In...
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    VSLive San Francisco Content (Amanda Silver)

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    All - I'm about to go on for my LINQ Deep Dive and Tips &Tricks session at VSLive in San Francisco. I posted all demos & slides here: https://code.msdn.microsoft.com/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ProjectName=LaunchVB&ReleaseId=805
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    Visual Basic -- NEXT (by Amanda Silver)

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    The first preview of the next version of Visual Basic goes live this morning! I’m sitting in Bill and Jim’s keynote right now, waiting for our announcement to be made public. The release is part of the .NET Language Integrated Query Framework, code-named...
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    Explanation of cross-targeting in Visual Studio

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    By Amanda Silver John Rivard , one of the two tech leads on the Visual Basic team, has entered the blogosphere! His first post is a doosey – it explains why Visual Studio 8.0 doesn’t cross target (let you target version 1.0 and 1.1 of the CLR and...
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    What do the announcements at Mix mean for the Visual Basic developer?

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    At the Mix conference today in Las Vegas, Ray Ozzie and Scott Guthrie were dropping goodies like tootsie pops from a piñata. There was so much packed into their over two hour keynote that I thought it would be useful to distill the announcements down...
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    Visual Basic XML Transform - TechEd demo prep

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    Hello from Orlando! I’ve been at TechEd 2007 this week in very sunny Orlando. As part of my demo prep, I had to create a little xml transform to convert the TechEd schedule that I got off the www.msteched.com website in an Excel XML format into a more...
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    NEW VB LINQ CTP: Now live on MSDN!

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    I’m very excited to announce that the next tech preview of Visual Basic 9.0 which includes support for Language INtegrated Query (codename LINQ) and XML integration atop the XLinq API is now available on the VB Future and the LINQ project websites. This is the result of a ton of hard work for a significant portion of the team and we’re very happy to get it out to you. ...
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    New VB9 Bloggers

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    By Amanda Silver I just wanted to let you know that we’re working furiously on turning the VB9 features into an actual product, understanding how the debugger and editor should support them, and getting another CTP out to you all. Your feedback...
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    AmandaS' LINQ talk at VSLive Orlando

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    I escaped from Redmond this week to present at VSLive Orlando on LINQ in Visual Studio Orcas. As promised, please find the slides and demos included as an attachment below. As mentioned during the talk – that was intended to be an overview. If you...
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    So, you're going to Mix?

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    Now that Orcas Beta1 is on your machines, we’re trying to finish up the Beta2 version of Orcas to deliver those features you are so eagerly awaiting – features like Group By, explicit Joins, Nullable, keyword Intellisense, and Lambda Expressions. Things...
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    Versioning Guidelines for Whidbey

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    Developers in the Bay area! Next week, John Rivard, a tech lead on the Visual Basic team, will be talking about best practices and gotchas when versioning .NET assemblies. Here's the talk abstract: This presentation addresses the topic of versioning ...
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    Channel 9 Interview - Amanda Silver on LINQ (Beth Massi)

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    I just posted an interview with Amanda on Channel 9 where she walks us through the new LINQ syntax available in VS 2008 Beta 2 . I also posted some How Do I videos on LINQ to help get you started -- look for more of these beginning of next week! In...
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    Lambdas, and Take While, and Group By, Oh My!

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    Hooray! Visual Basic 2008 Beta2 has been released to the wild today to return to its natural habitat – the desktops of our beloved customers. (Please note our smiling GPM's face on that landing page -- he's so happy the Beta is done.) What’s inside...
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    Four dynamic languages for .NET interoperating!

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    John Lam just posted a screen cast of four dynamic languages interoperating in SIlverlight on the Mac! Check it out!
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    PDC: Where the VB team will be...

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    I'm *really* excited to be at the PDC this year. I've been to a few PDCs in the past and I think that this one is going to be the best, by far. In addition to the great demos, panels, and meet the team events, there will be a lot of buzz and discussion...
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    Glory, Hope, and Fame at the PDC

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    Waiting for my ridiculously priced latte this morning (I am a Seattleite , after all) made me miss the intro to Eric’s keynote session. As I was walking toward exhibit Hall A, I noticed people conspicuously looking at me. I thought it was because I had...
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    Channel 9 Videos

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    Some videos on VB futures have been posted on Channel9 at: · Paul Vick and Amanda Silver - VB Language Futures : http://channel9.msdn.com/showpost.aspx?postid=116700 · Paul Vick and Erik Meijer - Dynamic Programming in Visual Basic http:/...
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    Amanda Silver will be Presenting VB and Silverlight on Second Life! (Beth Massi)

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    If you haven't seen or experienced Second Life it's pretty amazing. It's an online, 3D, digital world. Visual Studio has created an island where you can come listen to live Microsoft presenters in this virtual world's live presentation theater! Amanda...
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    Today's Live From Redmond Webcast Rescheduled [Beth Massi]

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    Amanda Silver came down with a nasty sickness last night so we just had to reschedule her Live From Redmond: VB9 - Conquering XML with LINQ to XML talk for this Tuesday July 3rd. If you're already registered then you're good to go for next week and automated...
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    Slide Deck for Conquering XML with LINQ to XML Webcast [Beth Massi]

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    Amanda Silver gave a great webcast Tuesday morning on LINQ to XML (if you missed it, just click the link and view it on-demand). Here is the deck she used . Happy LINQing! - Beth Massi , Program Manager VS Community
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    Downloading the VB 9.0 preview bits...

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    We've gotten asked a few times what the VB 9.0 preview bits available here work on. It works on the RC candidate that's available on the PDC CD & for download on MSDN. Enjoy! - Amanda
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    Bill & Steve (Jobs!) reminisce about floating point BASIC

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    Another entry in the annals of BASIC history today…. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs sat down for an interview with Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg of All Things Digital for the D5 conference. One of the highlights of the video is recalling the agreement Apple...
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