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  • Blog Post: New VB XNA Sample - showing Xbox, Windows and Phone targetting

    For all those who have started venturing into developing windows phone applications, there are quite a few samples utilizing Silverlight, but the XNA content has been a little bit light. (We are working on getting some more XNA VB samples online). But for those wanting to see a nice VB example of...
  • Blog Post: Updated Samples for WP7 Developers

    For those VB developers who are developing (or keen to start developing) for WIndows Phone 7. The samples have been updated and as you'll notice virtually all of them are in both C# and VB. http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff431744(VS.92).aspx
  • Blog Post: New Async Programming Video's

    Some great new video's on MSDN showing how to do async programming using the Async CTP. http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/hh378091.aspx There are different versions of video's for both VB and C#. This is a great opportunity to see the power of the new Async languages featuresand follow through...
  • Blog Post: Temperature Monitoring using VB.Net, Micro-framework and a Netduino

    Introduction As a bit of a geek, I like to tinker with basic gadgets. I often think of little ideas that would be great to implement but the device involves some hardware and very little software. As a software engineer I tend to think in terms of simple programs to but in order to implement something...
  • Blog Post: Kinect SDK For PC - VB Samples available.

    Today, Microsoft announced the Kinect SDK for PC http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/projects/kinectsdk/download.aspx VB Samples are there at launch and available for downloading http://files.ch9.ms/coding4fun/KinectSDKSamplesVB.zip
  • Blog Post: Micro-framework v4.2 Support for Visual Basic

    The release of .NET Micro framework v4.2 Beta brings Visual Basic support for the .NET Micro-framework. For those that have not heard of the Micro framework before “The .NET Micro Framework is .NET for small and resource constrained devices. It offers a complete and innovative development...
  • 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: WebMatrix Series #1: How to Create Visual Basic Websites Using WebMatrix

    Microsoft WebMatrix is an exciting new product that makes the creation of custom ASP.NET Web sites possible without all the complexity of the full Visual Studio environment. WebMatrix supports web site development in both C# and Visual Basic. In this blog post, I will demonstrate how to create VB websites...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 4 Firestarter Series #3: How to work with Panels, XAML, and Controls in Silverlight

    I am back with details on how to work with Panels, XAML, and Controls in Silverlight. In this walkthrough, we will see how to work with Panels, XAML, and Controls to create a Data-Driven Silverlight Interface. During this walkthrough we will cover the following topics: How to use the Visual...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 4 Firestarter Series #2: How to migrate an ASP.NET Web Forms Application to Silverlight

    In this walkthrough, I will demonstrate how to convert an existing ASP.NET/jQuery application that consumes data from a Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) service to Silverlight. Here are some topics that we will cover: How to use the Visual Studio 2010 Silverlight Designer XAML and Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 4 Firestarter Series #1: How to migrate a Visual Basic Windows Form Application to Silverlight

    In this walkthrough, I will demonstrate how to convert an existing Windows Forms application that consumes data from a Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) service to Silverlight. Also in the process of conversion we will ensure that the existing functionality is preserved. Here are some topics...
  • Blog Post: Visual Basic Windows Phone 7 Series #11. How to create an accelerometer for Windows Phone 7

    Previously , I explained how to create a panorama and pivot effect for Windows Phone 7. In this blog post, I want to share a sample that will help you to create an accelerometer for Windows Phone 7. An accelerometer is a device that measures the proper acceleration of the device. It is a sensor that...
  • Blog Post: Visual Basic Windows Phone 7 Series #10. How to create a panorama and pivot effect for Windows Phone 7

    Previously , I explained how to create a keyboard input scope application for Windows Phone 7. In this blog post, I want to share a sample that will help you to create a panorama and pivot effect in Windows Phone 7. A Panorama is any wide-angle view or representation of a physical space, whether in painting...
  • Blog Post: Visual Basic Windows Phone 7 Series #7. How to create a Bing Maps application for Windows Phone 7

    In our previous post , I explained how to create an application bar for Windows Phone 7. Bing Maps is one of the applications that is commonly used on phones these days. In this blog post, I want to share a sample that will help you to create a Bing Maps application for Windows Phone 7. This application...
  • Blog Post: Visual Basic Windows Phone 7 Series #5. How to create a control tilt effect application for Windows Phone 7

    In our last post , I explained how to implement a model -view-viewmodel pattern in a Windows Phone application. In this blog post, I want to share a sample that will help you to create a control tilt effect application for Windows Phone 7. This application will have a feature to add additional feedback...
  • Blog Post: Visual Basic Windows Phone 7 Series #2. How to create a microphone application for Windows Phone 7

    In our last post , I explained how to create a mini browser for Windows Phone 7. In this blog, I want to share a sample that will help you to create a microphone application for Windows Phone 7. This application will have the feature to capture audio from a microphone and then play back the captured...
  • Blog Post: Visual Basic Windows Phone 7 Series #1. How to create a mini browser application for Windows Phone 7

    I have experienced a lot of fun writing Windows Phone 7 applications in Visual Basic. Web browser is one of the applications that is commonly used on phones these days. In this blog post, I want to share some sample source code that will help you to create a mini browser application for Windows Phone...
  • Blog Post: VB Core – New compilation mode in Visual Studio 2010 SP1

    While most servicing releases do not include new functionality, Visual Studio 2010 SP1 introduced an important new compiler feature that enables Visual Basic to target new platforms that were not previously supported. This was mentioned in some of the initial SP1 blog posts such as Jasonz blog . ...
  • 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: 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: Microsoft Help Viewer 1.1 - Updates Planned for Visual Studio 2010 SP1 (Kathleen McGrath)

    Paul O’Rear, a Program Manager on the Library Experience team, describes the changes to the Microsoft Help Viewer planned for Visual Studio 2010 SP1. He demonstrates the new functionality of the viewer in an early build of Help Viewer 1.1. See Microsoft Help Viewer – Updates Planned for Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Microsoft Visual Basic CTP for Windows Phone Developer Tools

    Today we announced availability of the Microsoft Visual Basic CTP for Windows Phone Developer Tools . You can download the release here: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=201859 This CTP is to be used with the Windows Phone Developer Tools , in order to do Windows Phone 7 development...
  • Blog Post: Channel 9 Interview: Multi-Targeting Deep Dive (Beth Massi, Spotty Bowles)

    I’m back with Spotty Bowles , a tester on the VB compiler team, shows us the ins and outs of how multi-targeting works in Visual Basic projects in Visual Studio 2010 in this Channel 9 interview: Channel 9 Interview: Multi-Targeting Deep Dive with Visual Basic 2010 What's tricky in Visual Studio 2010...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting Errors When Embedding Type Information (Doug Rothaus)

    Visual Studio 2010 has a new feature, Embed Interop Types , that can simplify application deployment and solve those pesky issues that can arise when using COM Interop and Primary Interop Assemblies (PIAs). If you’ve ever had to ship multiple versions of an application that automates Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Removing duplicate namespaces in XML Literals (Shyam Namboodiripad)

    A common problem that one often runs into with XML literals and the LINQ to XML API is duplicate XML namespaces. Consider the following example. The code imports a default XML namespace - “hello”. Code: Imports < xmlns = " hello " > Module Module1 Sub Main() Dim x = < A > <...
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