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  • Blog Post: VB Goes Mobile: Announcing “Visual Basic for Windows Phone Developer Tools - RTW"

    With the release of Windows Phone Developer Tools in September, and the availability of Windows Phone 7 devices in stores, the Windows Phone platform is growing. Today marks another milestone in the progression of Windows Phone. Today we are announcing Visual Basic for Windows Phone Developer Tools ...
  • Blog Post: Visual Basic 2010 is here!

    It was a very exciting time this week, with the launch of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4. On April 12th, 5 launch events took place around the world in Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, Bangalore, London and Las Vegas. The video from Bob Muglia’s VS 2010 Launch keynote is now available on-demand . The agenda for...
  • Blog Post: Visual Basic “How Do I” Videos

    We’ve started two new “How Do I” videos series on the Visual Basic Developer Center . More to come, but here’s the latest!
  • Blog Post: Announcing Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2!

    There were a lot of Microsoft announcements that happened yesterday! Many of these happened during Steve Ballmer’s keynote at the SharePoint Developers Conference ( Video , Twitter ). Here is the list: Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 and compatible versions of IronRuby / IronPython Visual Studio 2010...
  • Blog Post: History of Microsoft Video: Bill Gates Talks about Altair Basic (Lisa Feigenbaum)

    A few months ago, Tina started a great series on Channel9 that walks through the history of Microsoft, year by year: The History of Microsoft In the first episode, Bill Gates talks about what it was like to build Altair Basic. He actually shows the tape that represents the instructions for Basic! Lots...
  • Blog Post: InfoQ Article on the Future of VB.NET (Lisa Feigenbaum)

    For those of you who prefer text over audio, here's a recent InfoQ article that was released based on the podcast I did with Joe Stagner : InfoQ: Is There a Future for VB.NET?
  • Blog Post: TechEd Video: Future Directions for Visual Basic, by Anders Hejlsberg and Jonathan Aneja

    As part of the new VB/C# co-evolution strategy , Visual Studio Technical Fellow Anders Hejlsberg has broadened his role. In addition to being Chief Architect for C#, he now sets the direction for both the VB.NET and C# languages. At TechEd, Anders participated in both the VB.NET and C# language presentations...
  • Blog Post: Misfit Geek Podcast - Episode #2 "Does VB have a Future?" (Lisa Feigenbaum)

    The Misfit Geek, Joe Stagner , asked me this provocative question in a recent episode on his new podcast series : "Does VB have a Future?". Tune in to hear more details on my answer, which of course is YES! :) We talk about plans for increasing the VB.NET content across Microsoft, the great...
  • Blog Post: VB Entity Framework Samples Now Available (Lisa Feigenbaum)

    There are a lot of great Entity Framework samples on Code Gallery that you can now find available in Visual Basic .NET. This was recently announced on the ADO.NET team blog . Browse through the list below and start downloading! ADO.NET Entity Framework Query Samples (Download) ADO.NET Entity Framework...
  • Blog Post: Try Out Dotfuscator in VS 2010 Beta 1!

    The team at PreEmptive Solutions recently posted a great blog article that walks through all the latest features in VS 2010's Dotfuscator Software Services - Community Edition (previously known as Dotfuscator CE). Browse through the article to learn what's new, or download the beta to follow along in...
  • Blog Post: VS2010 Beta1 Extensibility News (Lisa Feigenbaum)

    I recently received this letter from the Visual Studio Extensibility team, that I thought would be interesting to readers of this blog. Whether you're building Visual Studio extensions or downloading them from others, there's news here for you.   News from the Visual Studio Extensibility team…...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 Beta 1 Released Today! (Lisa Feigenbaum)

    The public availability of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 Beta1 was announced today on Jason Zander's blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/jasonz/archive/2009/05/20/general-download-of-vs2010-net-framework-4-0-beta-1.aspx Below are some resources to use as you download and start using the Beta. Cheers...
  • Blog Post: Channel9 Interview with Luca Bolognese: VB.NET and C# Co-Evolution (Lisa Feigenbaum)

    There was a great Channel9 video posted last week on the future directions of VB.NET and C# and how they are related. Charles Torre interviewed Luca Bolognese, who is currently the Group Program Manager for VB.NET, C#, and F#. Please see below for more details. Luca Bolognese: C# and VB.NET Co-Evolution...
  • Blog Post: CodeRush Xpress Released Today! (Lisa Feigenbaum)

    CodeRush Xpress is a FREE Visual Studio 2008 add-in containing 60+ refactorings, 7 editing features, and full support for C# and Visual Basic. Download here CodeRush Xpress includes the following features. Duplicate Line Highlight All References Increase or Reduce Selection Smart Clipboard Operations...
  • Blog Post: CodeCast Episode 20: Biz Apps Team and VB with Beth Massi (Lisa Feigenbaum, Beth Massi)

    Code Cast Episode 20: Interview with Beth Massi This show's interview is Ken interviewing Beth Massi, Microsoft, program manager on Microsoft’s BizApps team in the VS group. Beth discusses her work over the past two years at Microsoft on the VB team and now on the BizApps team, and chats about...
  • Blog Post: Ask Kathleen: Working with MEF (Lisa Feigenbaum)

    MEF stands for Managed Extensibility Framework. MEF is a new .NET library that enables greater reuse of applications and components. Using MEF, .NET applications can be dynamically composed. Kathleen has a great article on MEF in last month's edition of Visual Studio Magazine. She explains what it is...
  • Blog Post: CodeRush Xpress 9.1 Beta: 59 Refactorings, 17 Consume-first providers, and Much more! (Lisa Feigenbaum)

    Very exciting news! Developer Express is coming out with a new version of the FREE add-in we all know today as Refactor! . The new product, CodeRush XPress, builds on Refactor! by increasing the refactoring count to 59! It also includes a host of other editing functionality, making it a much richer tool...
  • Blog Post: CodeCast Episode 17: Visual Basic 2010 Preview with Lisa Feigenbaum

    I recently recorded a CodeCast interview with Ken Levy. We discussed the VS2010 Editor, VB.NET line continuation removal, interop with dynamic languages, the Microsoft languages strategy, and the upcoming VS2010 Beta1 release. Recording: CodeCast Episode 17: Visual Basic 2010 Preview with Lisa Feigenbaum...
  • Blog Post: XML Literals, WCF and LINQ Article by Steele Price (Lisa Feigenbaum)

    Steele wrote a great article in last month's issue of Visual Studio Magazine on XML Literals, WCF and LINQ. He shows how to use these three technologies together to produce more responsive ASP.NET pages, and more readable code. Lots of great tips for VB 2008. VSM's "On VB" Column: XML Literals, WCF...
  • Blog Post: .NET Rocks! with Beth Massi on the Open XML SDK and XML Literals (Lisa Feigenbaum)

    Beth Massi shot a couple of great episodes last month on dnrTV! If you are interested in learning more about the Open XML SDK, and how to easily access it using VB.NET XML Literals, be sure to check them out. dnrTV Show #137: Beth Massi on the Open XML SDK Our good friend Beth Massi returns to dnrTV...
  • Blog Post: TechEd North America, here we come! (Lisa Feigenbaum)

    TechEd North America 2009 is right around the corner. For those of you attending, we look forward to spending time with you at the VB.NET sessions and Technical Learning Center (a.k.a. booth). I've pasted the VB.NET session list below. DTL04-INT Strategies to Upgrade Your Microsoft Visual Basic...
  • Blog Post: Luca Bolognese on Asynchronous HTML caching in VB.NET (Lisa Feigenbaum)

    You may know Luca Bolognese from his well-known work on C# LINQ. Luca is now the Group Program Manager for VB.NET, C#, and F#. You can check out his blog here . Luca recently blogged his first VB.NET post. It is about asynchronous HTML caching, and is part of a longer series in which he is converting...
  • Blog Post: CodeCast Episode 12: Visual Basic and the VB Community (Lisa Feigenbaum, Dustin Campbell)

    Be sure to check out the latest episode of CodeCast with two VB interviews, including myself and VB program manager Dustin Campbell! Thursday, February 19, 2009 CodeCast Episode 12: Visual Basic and the VB Community In this episode of CodeCast, Ken Levy, Markus Egger, and Gary Short discuss Internet...
  • Blog Post: The Silverlight Toolkit Adds Visual Basic Samples (Lisa Feigenbaum)

    The Silverlight Toolkit March 2009 release is enhanced with Visual Basic source code. Please follow the links to view these samples for both Silverlight 2 and Silverlight 3 . Silverlight 2: http://silverlight.net/samples/sl2/toolkitcontrolsamples/run/default.html Silverlight 3: http://silverlight...
  • Blog Post: Composite Application Guidance for WPF and Silverlight: VB QuickStarts, Hands-On-Labs, and How-To Topics released! (Lisa Feigenbaum)

    Today the Microsoft Patterns & Practices team released a download aimed to help Visual Basic developers use the Composite Application Library. It includes VB versions of the QuickStarts, Hands-On-Labs, and How-To topics: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID...
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