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  • 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Channel 9 Interview: WPF Improvements in VS2010 for Business Apps (Beth Massi, Milind Lele)

    Today I posted a new interview on Channel 9 on WPF Improvements in Visual Studio 2010 for Building Business Apps . At the MVP Summit a few weeks ago, Italian MVP Alessandro del Sole was so excited about the new WPF features in Visual Studio 2010 that he asked me if he could interview Milind Lele himself...
  • Blog Post: New WPF "How Do I" Video on Formatting Data Entry (Beth Massi)

    Today we released a new How Do I Video onto the VB Dev Center on how to format controls on data entry forms using the IValueConverter like I showed on my blog here . The IValueConverter allows you full control over the display of the data as well as the editing of that data by users in the controls....
  • Blog Post: Channel 9 Interview: WPF Drag-Drop Data Binding in Visual Studio 2010 (Beth Massi)

    I just posted a new Channel 9 video with Milind Lele , Program Manager on the Visual Studio Pro Tools team.  In this interview Milind shows one of the new RAD improvements I was talking about that is coming to WPF in Visual Studio 2010 -- Drag-Drop Data Binding. Also check out his blog post on this...
  • Blog Post: Drag-drop data binding for WPF in Visual Studio 2010 (Milind Lele)

    One of the improvements in VS2010 (CTP available for download here ) is drag and drop data binding for WPF. Drag-drop data binding has been available for WinForms since Visual Studio 2005. So those of you that are familiar with that will find the WPF experience quite similar and readily usable. In VS2010...
  • Blog Post: New WPF How Do I Videos Released! (Beth Massi)

    I posted two more WPF "Forms over Data" videos onto the Developer Center that you should check out. How Do I: Edit Tabular Data in WPF? - learn how to create a simple data grid in WPF for editing tabular data using Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1. How Do I: Create a Master-Detail Data Entry...
  • Blog Post: Are you using Windows Presentation Foundation with Visual Basic? (Lisa Feigenbaum)

    After watching this video, you just might be convinced to try it out! VB MVP Billy Hollis demonstrates that Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) is about a lot more than just pretty UI. He shows how the technology can be used in an extremely useful way, to create killer line-of-business applications...
  • Blog Post: How-Do-I Videos: WPF Forms over Data (Beth Massi)

    If you haven't noticed, we released a couple new how-to videos on the VB Dev Center starting a new series which is focused on data-based application development in Windows Presentation Foundation using Visual Studio 2008. The videos are also being featured on www.WindowsClient.net today. Look for many...
  • Blog Post: Protein is Good for You, part 2 (Matt Gertz)

    In yesterday’s blog post, I walked through an engine for translating DNA to its amino acid results via messenger RNA. In today’s blog, we’ll work on the visualization using WPF StackPanels. (This example requires VS2008, although it could certainly be written in WinForms as well with just a little bit...
  • Blog Post: Protein is Good for You (Matt Gertz)

    As I was preparing to graduate from the University of Michigan way back in the late eighties, I had a big decision to make regarding grad school – robotics at Carnegie Mellon, or biology at Washington State? On the one hand, biology was something I’d always really loved, having even intended to go to...
  • Blog Post: "Git Over Here": Making Your Windows Mind Their Manners (Matt Gertz)

    Supporting the “pajama programmer” Telecommuting is a great thing, and as the environmentally-conscious person that I strive to be, is something I wholeheartedly endorse when it can be done practically. My current job involves a lot of face-to-face meetings with people, so I don’t actually do a lot...
  • Blog Post: Petzold WPF Book Sample Conversion - Final Chapters (Young Joo)

    I've just posted a final set of chapters (Chapters 25 - 31). This completes our conversion efforts and you now have access to entire sample code from Petzold's book in VB. I would like to thank Evan and Ged who have been working with me on this. You guys rock!!! A few things to note: I moved...
  • Blog Post: Petzold WPF Book Sample Conversion - New Chapters (Young Joo)

    Happy new year! Hope you enjoyed your holiday break! And hopefully you found some time to read Petzold's book and try out VB samples we've posted so far. :) Evan and Ged had been working very hard to convert rest of chapters throughout December and I just posted Chapters 13 - 24 to Applications =...
  • Blog Post: Drawing Maps with Visual Basic (Scott Wisniewski)

    If you find yourself looking for something to do with your awesome new copy of Visual Studio 2008 , you should check out the December 2007 edition of MSDN magazine . It features an article, written by me, that provides a walk through on how to visualize data on a map using VB 9, WPF and LINQ. To give...
  • Blog Post: Petzold WPF Book Sample Conversion Update (Young Joo)

    Been a while since I posted Chapter 3 of Petzold's WPF book converted to VB . In case you missed it, Patrick started working on this project which I took over early this month. Anyway, I am very excited to tell you about progress we've been able to make so far. First, we now have a separate article...
  • Blog Post: Applications = Code + Markup (Charles Petzold) Visual Basic Code Sample

    Charles Petzold 's latest book, Applications = Code + Markup: A Guide to the Microsoft Windows Presentation Foundation , is the best WPF book available right now. Unfortuantely, all code samples in the book are written in C#. In order to help VB developers trying to learn about WPF, we are working with...
  • Blog Post: Petzold Chapter 3 (Young Joo)

    I am Young Joo, PM @ VB team. I will be helping out Patrick on converting samples in Charles Petzold's WPF book (Applications = Code + Markup) to Visual Basic. This is an exciting project and I hope you enjoy this as much as I do. Another exciting news is that we have an extra help for this project....
  • Blog Post: Continued search for Small Business Developers and Chapter 2 of Petzold's book (finally!)

    I've attached the chapter 2 Visual Basic.NET code for the ongoing project of converting Peztold's Applications = Code + Markup book on WPF proramming. I am happy to say that Young from my team is going to help with this effort so you will see these chapters coming out more frequently. Also, we are...
  • Blog Post: Why you should learn WPF (and how I can help)

    A few weeks ago I mentioned I was working on a side project. Well, then the soccer, tennis, and school season hit and..well I won't tell you the rest. What I had started to do was take all of the samples in Charles Petzold's book Applications = Code + Markup and rewrite them in VB for publication to...
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