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  • Blog Post: Kinect SDK v1.5 - Now with VB Samples !!!

    As developers start to realize the full potential of Microsoft Kinect and new hardware is made available for the PC it’s really great to see the Kinect team provide some sample support for VB developers. For a while the Compilers team (who handle both VB and C# compilers) have been hearing VB...
  • 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: Two free e-books available till April 22th to celebrate MS Press’s 25th b-day (Daniel Walzenbach)

    2009 is the 25th anniversary of Microsoft Press ! To celebrate their b-bay they’re giving away two free e-books, namely Windows Small Business Server 2008 Administrator's Companion by Charlie Russel and Sharon Crawford (27 chapters, 3 appendices, 712 pages) Microsoft Visual Basic 2008 Express...
  • Blog Post: LINQ for the Web Using VB (By Paul Yuknewicz)

    Happy holidays! It's been a long time since I've written a post, so I figure I can bring in the new year answering some great questions submitted by you. Just this week someone gave me this feedback: "I am having a difficult time finding information to help me adapt to LINQ in my webforms. I am hoping...
  • Blog Post: Channel 9 Interview: Brian Beckman Does Higher Algebra with Visual Basic (Beth Massi)

    I just posted an interview on Channel 9 with Brian Beckman , Principal Developer (currently working with Erik Meijer), where he attempts to teach me higher algebra using Visual Basic, generics, and operator overloading. Brian is a wonderful person and brilliant physicist and we have a lot of fun with...
  • Blog Post: Higher Algebra with Operator Overloads (Brian Beckman)

    Recently I did a Channel 9 interview with Beth Massi where I walked through a Visual Basic program that used Generics and Operator overloads to perform some higher mathematics. I thought I'd follow up with a post explaining the details of exactly what I did. Operator overloads with Generics enable...
  • 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: Creating Visual Basic Add-ins for Windows Home Server (Beth Massi)

    We recently announced the availability of Windows Home Server . Here's an interview on Channel 9 with Dev Lead, Chris Gray, where he talks about the extensibility model and then walks through how to create an add-in for the Home Server console using Visual Basic Express . A couple people on the thread...
  • Blog Post: Sons and Daughters Day: a pure blast!

    On Friday, Chris Smith and I (Chris is a test engineer on the VB Team) attended an event called 'Sons and Daughters' day. The day consisted of 2 sessions (20-25 kids in each) where kids aged 6-13 were run through a class of writing an app in VB (20-25 kids in each). The class was very introductory, but...
  • 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: Working with Shortcut Keys (Lisa Feigenbaum)

    Since we have so many Orcas posts going up on this blog, I've decided to continue with a few that you can use TODAY in Visual Studio 2005. This one is about working with shortcut keys... For those of you using the Visual Basic Development Settings, your keyboard scheme is set to Visual Basic 6 by...
  • Blog Post: Save Time – Use Keyboard Shortcuts! (Lisa Feigenbaum)

    Visual Studio is all about developer productivity. To help developers be more efficient, Visual Studio has built keyboard shortcuts into the product for most of the functions normally found through the user interface – just like CTRL-C for copy. To help you take advantage of these shortcuts, we’ve created...
  • 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: 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: Visual Basic Express Edition Videos

    by Kathleen McGrath Have you ever wished that you could have someone show you how to accomplish a programming task instead of having to read through the steps on how to perform the task? Or maybe you just need a little more clarification about where a particular option is located. They say a picture...
  • Blog Post: Beginners coding in ASP.NET

    posted by Emily Yaich Hello everyone! I am Emily Yaich and I am another one of the Microsoft Explorers working on the visual basic team. I have been here since the second week in June, and I am loving every minute of it! We haven't gotten into the heavy coding and testing of our app yet, which...
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