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  • Blog Post: Taking a tour of Roslyn

    It’s a big day for us on the Managed Languages team! As announced at the //BUILD conference earlier today, and as posted by Soma on his blog , we are not just delivering a new preview of Roslyn to all of you, but are in fact moving all of the compiler code to open source ! The code will be released and...
  • Blog Post: Roslyn performance (Matt Gertz)

    (For the next few posts, I’m going to introduce readers to the different feature teams in the Managed Languages org. Today, I’m starting this with a focus on the performance team.) Back in 2000, I found myself assigned to be the performance lead of the Visual Basic team, and my first assigned...
  • Blog Post: Updated license for September 2012 Roslyn preview available (MattGe)

    As I mentioned in my previous blog post, we ended up with a little too much time between previews, to our subsequent embarrassment. In fact, it came to our attention recently that the licensing for the most “recent” CTP (and admittedly I use the term “recent” loosely, given that...
  • Blog Post: Throwing the Big Switch on Roslyn (Matt Gertz, VS Managed Languages Development Manager)

    So, the entryway to my house has eight light switches along the wall. Two of them control the porch lights, and another two work the same entryway light (despite the switches being only a couple of feet apart). I haven’t the foggiest idea what the rest of the switches do. I’ve been scared...
  • Blog Post: The Temple of VB (Matt Gertz)

    Hi, all! It's been a while since I've posted to this blog, and a lot has happened in my world since then. Though I've been pretty busy on our engineering systems team, I took a little time off last summer to do some traveling and, more importantly, some long overdue writing. Although I'd always...
  • Blog Post: On The Blink (Matt Gertz)

    One of the really fun things about being associated with the Visual Basic team is getting to see all of the varied usages to which our customers put it. From enterprise software to games, our customer base covers a wide range. The most fun to see, however, are the hobby applications, because the writers...
  • Blog Post: There’s No Such Thing As Too Much Euchre! (Matt Gertz)

    “Oh, no!” I hear you cry, “not another blog about Euchre!” Well, I do like the game, to be sure. But, more importantly, the Euchre scenario enables me to try out any new technologies on a reasonably complex problem (using Visual Basic, of course). It’s my way of checking out our product to make sure...
  • Blog Post: Linking Zune media items with LinQ, Part 2 (Matt Gertz)

    In this post, I’ll continue on with coding the new playlist shuffler. If you haven’t read part 1 yet, I highly recommend it so that this post will make more sense. J Code for the controls (continued) The Title TextBox When the title changes, we’ll want to indicate that the playlist has changed...
  • Blog Post: Linking Zune media items with LinQ, Part 1 (Matt Gertz)

    Way back in October 2007, I wrote up a few posts ( here and here ) on my experiments with the Windows Media Player object model. The problem I was trying to solve was that, when I had a playlist set to “shuffle,” WMP would break up songs that should always play together (for example, Jackson Browne’s...
  • Blog Post: Getting Loopy (Matt Gertz)

    In my last post, I talked about the hidden costs that can occur whenever you call out to methods, particularly in loops. In looking at my examples, reader KG2V commented that another thing that folks need to be aware of is avoiding the assumption that the world (or, in this case, a list) is a static...
  • Blog Post: Hidden Costs (Matt Gertz)

    (Note: there was a grievous error in this post based on a bad assumption on my art regarding VB. Not feeling the need to hide my ignorance :-), I have instead made a number of edits in this post to bring it back to some semblance of reality.) One thing that gets me annoyed with myself is realizing...
  • Blog Post: It’s a Small World, After All, part 2 – VB, C#, and GPS (Matt Gertz)

    In my previous post, we fixed up a C# GPS library to provide more support, and wrote all of the UI for a VB GPS application, all based on (but modified from) a Mobile GPS sample in the Windows Mobile 6.0 SDK. In this post, we’ll finish up the app by enabling a bunch of cool functionality not exposed...
  • Blog Post: It’s a Small World, After All, part 1 – VB, C#, and GPS (Matt Gertz)

    The title of this blog post has sort of a triple meaning for me. First of all, I just got back from a long (and wonderful!) cruise in the Caribbean, followed by a stop at Disney World. And of course, if you go to Disney World with kids, it’s the law that you have to go through the “It’s a Small World...
  • Blog Post: We Need to Talk (Matt Gertz)

    By now, many of you will have downloaded the recent beta that we posted to the net, and (hopefully) are getting excited about the features that we’ve been developing. Recently, Beth Massi interviewed me about some of the work that I’ve been doing as a part of that effort. I always enjoy interviews, and...
  • Blog Post: How We Do It: Building the Visual Studio Product Line (Beth Massi, Matt Gertz)

    Ever wonder how we build Visual Studio and the .NET Framework? I mean literally. You know, the build process that spits out a product at the other end?  Well I sure did and it's not just hitting F5 people ;-). In this interview I sit down with Matt Gertz, frequent VB blogger and also the guy in...
  • Blog Post: Phoning Home, revisited (Matt Gertz)

    In my post “ M. G. Phone Home ,” I discussed how to write a simple phone application for Windows Mobile, using Visual Basic, which accesses the Bluetooth service. What I didn’t discuss was how to deploy it to the phone via CAB. Since I purchased a new phone yesterday (a Samsung Saga, running Windows...
  • Blog Post: How Do We Learn to Be Good Programmers? (Matt Gertz)

    I’ve always enjoyed writing. Putting pen to paper (or, these days, fingers to keyboard) is something that brings a lot of joy into my life, even more than music or any other hobby that I have. I’ve been writing stories since earlier than I can remember, have faithfully kept a daily diary for many years...
  • Blog Post: Keep the Customer Satisfied (Matt Gertz)

    As I’ve written elsewhere, the toughest critics for any work you do can always be found in your own family. Pleased at the immense work that I’d done in scanning in and tagging all of my photos and media (as noted in this post ) , and with my ego sufficiently boosted by writing a screensaver in VB that...
  • Blog Post: Veni, MIDI, Vici: Generating a simple MIDI file using VB, part 2 (Matt Gertz)

    In part 1 of this series, I constructed a pair of classes to supporting persisting MIDI data to files. In this entry, I’ll now leverage that code to support an (admittedly limited) music editor experience. Caveat : As I mentioned in the first post, I’m sure many readers will be far more knowledgeable...
  • Blog Post: Veni, MIDI, Vici: Generating a simple MIDI file using VB, part 1 (Matt Gertz)

    As I’ve alluded to in previous blogs, music has always been a big part of my life, particularly performance music. I’ve been a clarinet and saxophone player for many years, am an avid singer, and (with the help of friends) I’ve done my best to teach myself piano and drums. Composition of music, however...
  • Blog Post: An Updated Screensaver Example (Matt Gertz)

    I’ve just completed a task that I set out to do about five years ago, and I am pretty proud (and tired)! I have just finished scanning in every single photo that I’ve acquired over my 40+ years of life, fixing up their dates to reflect the date when the picture was taken, not when it was scanned. Furthermore...
  • Blog Post: Sshhh… it’s a secret (Matt Gertz)

    Back in seventh grade, I had a pretty heavy crush on a girl named Melissa. She was a good friend of mine, and so I had no problems talking to her. However, being painfully shy back then, I was far too nervous to ever ask her to “go with” me. (For those not steeped in American traditions, to “go with...
  • Blog Post: M. G. Phone Home (Matt Gertz)

    M. G. Phone Home (Matt Gertz) I have a slight problem with my cell phone. It’s a smartphone; I love it, I use it all the time, and I don’t what I’d do without it, but I’ve been pretty aggravated with its support of Bluetooth. It will fail to pair with the Sync system in the car at random times, which...
  • Blog Post: Shell Games (Matt Gertz)

    I was once temporarily taken off the VB team to get an unrelated project back on track, just a mere handful of weeks before it was due to ship. I won’t go into the gory details; suffice it to say that we had reason to believe that the product would have to ship without delay, and that any major failure...
  • Blog Post: Community Interview with Matt Gertz (Beth Massi)

    Here's another community interview from our Italian Visual Basic MVP Alessandro Del Sole , this time with Matt Gertz. Matt still posts frequently on the VB Team blog even though he's changed roles (look at how big his name still is in our tag cloud on the right ;-)). Matt is a great technical leader...
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