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  • Blog Post: Using Entity Framework in Silverlight with Visual Basic

    If you’re looking for ways to get started with Entity Framework 4.0 in Visual Basic then be sure to check out this month’s issue of CODE Magazine. In it the Entity Framework team has put together a walkthrough that shows how to use EF4 in Silverlight, and best of all the entire article’s...
  • Blog Post: Productivity Improvements for the Entity Framework

    Background We’ve been hearing a lot of good feedback on the recently released update to the Entity Framework in .NET 4. This release marks a significant advancement from the first release that shipped with .NET 3.5 SP1. I’m not going to spend time here talking about what’s new, but...
  • Blog Post: VB Video Tutorials on ASP.Net Dynamic Data (Lisa Feigenbaum)

    Bill Burrows , VB MVP, has released some great videos on the ASP.Net Dynamic Data features that were added in VS2008 SP1. What is Dynamic Data? "ASP.Net Dynamic Data provides a framework that enables you to quickly build a functional data-driven application, based on a LINQ to SQL or Entity Framework...
  • Blog Post: How LINQ to Dataset works in VB (Jonathan Aneja)

    LINQ at its core requires any data source to be queryable , which basically means it must implement IEnumerable. (It’s actually a bit more complicated than that, for a full explanation see section 11.21.2 of the Visual Basic 9.0 Language Specification ). Now when working with LINQ to Dataset we have...
  • Blog Post: TableAdapter and Multiple Result Sets

    Several people asked me whether TableAdapter can be used to retrieve multiple result sets from stored procedures. The quick answer is... No, you can't do that with TableAdapter.Fill() method that gets generated as a part of Typed Dataset. But there's a very simple work-around. DataAdapter.Fill() &...
  • Blog Post: New Data Tools Features in Visual Studio Orcas

    Here's a list of new data tools features in Visual Studio. I will be discussing each one in more detail in upcoming posts. Object Relational Designer The object relational mapping technology lets you map relational databases to objects. Once the mapping is done, you can manipulate mapped objects...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2005 SP1 and Visual Basic 2005 Command-line Compiler (VBC.exe) Hotfix Released!

    Visual Studio 2005 SP1 is now available for download. We’d like to thank everyone in the Visual Basic community for providing feedback on SP1 and helping us identify and address issues for this service pack. In some areas, more than 50% of the bugs addressed were reported by customers through the MSDN...
  • Blog Post: Check out "Live from Redmond series #3" from the .NET FX product teams

    The .NET Framework teams are providing several Live Meeting presentations spanning application technologies like Smart Clients, Web 2.0 (AJAX) and Mobile. Check out SimonMu 's blog for more information: http://blogs.msdn.com/simonmu/archive/2006/10/09/The-next-series-of-team-member-Live-From-Redmond...
  • Blog Post: EMEA Tour Followup

    PaulYuk and I just returned from the EMEA tour where we demoed tons of new VB 2005 features to groups in Brussells, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Belfast, and Dublin. Here (as promised) are links to more information on what I presented. If you didn't make it to the presentations, check out the below. Lots of...
  • 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: Visual Basic 2005 is now available!

    Today is the official launch day of the new version of Visual Basic: This page links to the relevant information (how to get it, what's new, etc…) http://msdn.microsoft.com/vbasic/ You can also download the FREE Visual Basic 2005 Express Edition from here: http://msdn.microsoft.com...
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