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  • Blog Post: VSLive San Francisco Content (Amanda Silver)

    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
  • Blog Post: Awesome VB9 Blog Series by Bart De Smet (Amanda Silver)

    I guess I've been working too hard on getting the product ready to ship to notice that Bart has put together an awesome blog series on VB9 . It includes discussion of a feature called runtime agility or compiler agility that we haven't taken up on this blog. We introduced this feature to make it much...
  • Blog Post: Hidden Gems in Visual Basic 2008 (Amanda Silver)

    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 showed off the improvements in the Intellisense experience...
  • Blog Post: Visual Basic 2008 Ships!!! (Amanda Silver)

    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 his blog , Soma mentions many of the flagship features...
  • Blog Post: Channel 9 Interview - Amanda Silver on LINQ (Beth Massi)

    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 this interview , Amanda Silver , a Lead Program...
  • Blog Post: Amanda Silver will be Presenting VB and Silverlight on Second Life! (Beth Massi)

    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 Silver will be presenting Visual Basic on Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: Lambdas, and Take While, and Group By, Oh My!

    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? So much that there might be more new features than...
  • Blog Post: Slide Deck for Conquering XML with LINQ to XML Webcast [Beth Massi]

    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
  • Blog Post: Today's Live From Redmond Webcast Rescheduled [Beth Massi]

    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 emails should have been sent out to notify...
  • Blog Post: Live From Redmond Webcast Just Added on LINQ to XML (Beth Massi)

    Back by popular demand! Amanda Silver will be presenting Live From Redmond: VB9 - Conquering XML with LINQ to XML on June 27th. In Visual Basic 9.0, XML becomes a built-in data type with a rich editing experience that completely eliminates the conceptual barrier between the code that you write and...
  • Blog Post: Visual Basic XML Transform - TechEd demo prep

    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 readable xml file format. I could have done this...
  • Blog Post: Bill & Steve (Jobs!) reminisce about floating point BASIC

    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 struck with Microsoft for a version of BASIC which...
  • Blog Post: AmandaS' LINQ talk at VSLive Orlando

    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 want really want to understand the nitty-gritty details...
  • Blog Post: Four dynamic languages for .NET interoperating!

    John Lam just posted a screen cast of four dynamic languages interoperating in SIlverlight on the Mac! Check it out!
  • Blog Post: What do the announcements at Mix mean for the Visual Basic developer?

    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 into one bite-sized post that should make for a pretty...
  • Blog Post: So, you're going to Mix?

    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 are looking very good as you probably witnessed...
  • Blog Post: Visual Basic "Orcas" Beta1 is in the wild! (Amanda Silver)

    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 displays all of the essential value in the Orcas...
  • Blog Post: Paper on XML features of VB9

    Just wanted to point out a paper Brian Beckman and Erik Meijer wrote on the XML features of VB9.
  • Blog Post: New VB9 Bloggers

    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 so far as been invaluable. Hopefully you’ll see that...
  • Blog Post: NEW VB LINQ CTP: Now live on MSDN!

    By Amanda Silver I’m very excited to announce that the next tech preview of Visual Basic 9.0 which includes support for L anguage IN tegrated Q uery (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...
  • Blog Post: Explanation of cross-targeting in Visual Studio

    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 version 2.0.) However, given your feedback that...
  • Blog Post: 2005 Language Spec Live!

    Pleased to announce that the Visual Basic 2005 Language Specification is now live and available here . Also, be sure to check out Ken Levy’s channel9 interview of S. Somasegar , the Vice President of the Developer Division, where he talks about none other than our favorite language – VB. -Amanda
  • Blog Post: Channel 9 Videos

    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://channel9.msdn.com/showpost.aspx?postid=116702 ...
  • Blog Post: Downloading the VB 9.0 preview bits...

    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
  • Blog Post: Glory, Hope, and Fame at the PDC

    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 a big LINQ button around my neck-- with everyone...
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