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  • Blog Post: Visual Basic 11 Beta Available for Download!

    As you may have read in Jason’s announcement , today we announced that Visual Studio 11 Beta is now available for download . This is a huge release for Visual Basic as it provides full platform support for building Windows 8 Metro style apps, a first-class asynchronous programming experience, and...
  • 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: Roslyn Syntax Visualizers

    Hi All! A few weeks ago, we announced the Microsoft "Roslyn" CTP . I hope many of you have had a chance to download the CTP and take it for a spin :) If you haven’t, do give it a try . To recap – in the Roslyn CTP, we are previewing a powerful set of language services APIs that you can...
  • Blog Post: Introducing the Microsoft "Roslyn" CTP

    (Begin dramatic movie trailer music, slow PowerPoint slide show with cliché sound effects) October 2006 –VB Architect-emeritus Paul Vick responds via his blog to question by some completely random VB customer named Anthony about bootstrapping the VB compiler (rewriting it in VB), admits...
  • 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: 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: Simultaneous Async Tasks (Alan Berman)

    The new Async feature in the Visual Studio Async CTP (SP1 Refresh) provides an elegantly simple technique to make code asynchronous. Our writing team uses an internal app that would benefit from asynchronous calls. For each URL contained in the MSDN documentation that we publish, the app lists the...
  • Blog Post: Async Feature Control Flow (Alan Berman)

    What is asynchronous programming? Let's say you send out an email, then wait and do nothing for the two minutes it takes to get a response back. You do nothing while you're waiting. It's worth waiting because it'll be back fast. When that happens, sending the email and getting a response is synchronous...
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