Blog - Title

  • The Visual Basic Team

    Happy 20th Birthday Visual Basic!

    • 142 Comments
    Twenty years ago , May 20 th , 1991 at Windows World, in Atlanta, Microsoft founder Bill Gates demoed Visual Basic 1.0 . Twenty years later, the 10 th version of this latest in an unbroken line of Microsoft BASIC languages stretching back to Microsoft’s...
  • The Visual Basic Team

    Crystal Reports for Visual Studio 2010

    • 107 Comments
    Crystal Reports has been a part of Visual Basic since 1993, and a part of Visual Studio since its first release in 2002. Crystal Reports has been a very successful component of these products. With the release of Visual Studio 2010, SAP and Microsoft...
  • The Visual Basic Team

    VB2008 Outperforms VB2005! (Lisa Feigenbaum)

    • 50 Comments
    Looking for another reason to upgrade to 2008? How about performance! In addition to making tasks easier for you from release to release, another way we can save you time and make you more productive is by making the product faster! This is a goal we...
  • The Visual Basic Team

    Let the Music Play! (Matt Gertz)

    • 44 Comments
    Oh, boy. Sorry I haven’t written any posts lately, but I’ve transitioned to a new job within Visual Studio and have been getting my sea legs there. One of the job tasks is getting Visual Studio 2008 out to you folks, and while I’ve always been involved...
  • The Visual Basic Team

    Data Design Time Changes Beta1 to Beta2

    • 44 Comments
    These are some of the feature changes we’ve made within the Data Design Time features. When I started writing this document I thought about making it a bulleted list, but then I realized this isn’t a Whidbey Feature list, it’s a delta from Beta1 to Beta...
  • The Visual Basic Team

    If I gave you $200 to spend on VB, how would you spend it?

    • 39 Comments
    I spent the last few weeks using VB, and I kept thinking things such as “Wow, this is really awesome, I wish all other languages had that!” or “I’m sure there is an easier way to do this”. I simply can’t help it - just as with any other language, when...
  • The Visual Basic Team

    Some beta 2 feature changes

    • 35 Comments
    We’ve heard a lot of great feedback from VB developers about the Whidbey product this year, in many different ways. We visited a bunch of cities on our world wide user group tour ( http://msdn.microsoft.com/vbasic/worldtour ); we’ve read blogs and newsgroups;...
  • The Visual Basic Team

    Happy 50th Birthday, BASIC!

    • 35 Comments
    UPDATE: QuickVB is now open source! The Visual Basic team joins Dartmouth and developers worldwide whose lives have been touched by this amazing language in wishing Dartmouth BASIC (and indeed the whole BASIC family of languages ) a very happy 50th...
  • The Visual Basic Team

    Simple Animation in Visual Basic (Matt Gertz)

    • 34 Comments
    Simple Animation in Visual Basic (Matt Gertz) The basics: You're almost certainly used to placing controls on a form; however, you probably have an expectation that they will stay in place once you put them there. That need not be the case, however...
  • The Visual Basic Team

    Implementing Dynamic Searching Using LINQ

    • 34 Comments
    A common requirement in forms-over-data applications is that users be able to search by any combination of fields to construct a dynamic query at run time. For example, the search feature in this application allows the user to find all records that meet...
  • The Visual Basic Team

    VB On Silverlight

    • 32 Comments
    One of the great things about being on the VB team is that we’re generally in the loop early and often with teams developing new technologies and products. It’s always exciting to see ideas take shape, evolve into a product, and eventually hit the market...
  • The Visual Basic Team

    Keeping Track of Books Using VB (Matt Gertz)

    • 31 Comments
    I have a confession to make. I’m not a database guy. I’ve done a lot of varied coding over my career, but somehow I’ve never been directly involved in the guts of database coding. Whenever my code needed some sort of data-caching mechanism, I’ve tended...
  • The Visual Basic Team

    I'm A VB!

    • 31 Comments
    Who’s the “typical VB.NET developer”? Is there one? There are millions of VB.NET developers in the world, and they each have their own unique story. We decided to talk to some of them to find out what kinds of applications they’re building, what technologies...
  • The Visual Basic Team

    Looking for Setup and Deployment Project Templates? (Mary Lee)

    • 30 Comments
    Let's say that you've developed an application using the free Visual Studio Express Edition. Now, you want to deploy your application to the masses, and you read documentation about How to: Create or Add Deployment Projects . Here's how the topic starts...
  • The Visual Basic Team

    How Do We Learn to Be Good Programmers? (Matt Gertz)

    • 27 Comments
    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...
  • The Visual Basic Team

    No new VB and C# Language Features in VS 2013

    • 26 Comments
    As you can see in the VS2013 Preview , we have not added new language features to Visual Basic and C# in the next version of Visual Studio. I’d like to share our thinking on this. There are essentially two main reasons why we chose not to evolve...
  • The Visual Basic Team

    An Updated Screensaver Example (Matt Gertz)

    • 25 Comments
    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...
  • The Visual Basic Team

    Converting SQL to LINQ, Part 2: FROM and SELECT (Bill Horst)

    • 25 Comments
    This post assumes you’ve read Converting SQL to LINQ, Part 1: The Basics . I’ve made the following name changes since the last post, which I hope will make the code examples clearer: · Customers -> CustomerTable · Orders -> OrderTable...
  • The Visual Basic Team

    What's the list of new language features in Visual Basic 10.0 and C# 4.0? (Lisa Feigenbaum)

    • 24 Comments
    This post is in response to a question we received in the blog comments last week. It's often difficult to study future versions of VB and C#, and figure out what's the same and what's different! Therefore, I've put together a chart that shows both the...
  • The Visual Basic Team

    Roslyn September 2012 CTP Available for Download!

    • 23 Comments
    VB Enthusiasts, Following last Wednesday’s official launch of Visual Studio 2012, we’re excited to announce that the Roslyn September 2012 CTP is now available for download and provides support for VS 2012 RTM. Please note that Visual Studio...
  • The Visual Basic Team

    Properties vs Fields – Why Does it Matter? (Jonathan Aneja)

    • 23 Comments
    The other day I got an email from a developer asking an interesting question about VB10’s Auto-implemented Properties feature. “I am, however, somewhat confused regarding the properties feature you mentioned - i.e. turning 11 lines of get/set/backing...
  • The Visual Basic Team

    Did you know? IntelliSense is now transparent in VS2008! (Lisa Feigenbaum)

    • 23 Comments
    With the help of one little hotkey, you can now make the VS2008 IntelliSense list transparent! Just press CTRL . This is especially convenient when you need to see the code underneath the list. Watch it in action :)
  • The Visual Basic Team

    Using the PrintForm component in Visual Basic (Matt Gertz)

    • 22 Comments
    (This is the fourth and final part of the Paint-by-Numbers series) Late last year, some clever guys on our Visual Basic team released the PrintForm component on the web. The idea behind the PrintForm component was to make printing and previewing your...
  • The Visual Basic Team

    Converting SQL to LINQ, Part 1: The Basics (Bill Horst)

    • 21 Comments
    As you may already know, VB LINQ statements enable SQL-like syntax for queries in the VB language. LINQ syntax doesn't match SQL syntax exactly, so if you are already working with SQL or familiar with SQL queries, you may find yourself wanting to convert...
  • The Visual Basic Team

    Job Alert: Programming Writer opening on Visual Basic Team (Robin Reynolds-Haertle)

    • 21 Comments
    The Visual Basic User Education team has an interesting opportunity that I wanted to share with you all. We're looking for a Visual Basic .Net application programmer who also has a flair for writing. If you’d like to submit your resume, please apply for...
Page 1 of 23 (568 items) 12345»