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    Visual Basic XML Transform - TechEd demo prep

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    Hello from Orlando! I’ve been at TechEd 2007 this week in very sunny Orlando. As part of my demo prep, I had to create a little xml transform to convert the TechEd schedule that I got off the www.msteched.com website in an Excel XML format into a more...
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    InteropForms 2.0 Tip #1 - Font Property

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    (Starting today, we'll be highlighting various tips that might help you when using the InteropForms 2.0 toolkit. With the latest release of the toolkit, you can do some fairly impressive upgrades to your existing VB6 applications. Don't believe me? Check...
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    Deploying Applications with the InteropForms 2.0 toolkit

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    (Recently, we released the InteropForms 2.0 toolkit which allows you to add the richness of .net windows forms to your vb6 application. We've gotten a fair number of questions from customers asking for more details on deployment, so this will hopefully...
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    Dissecting Snippets (Matt Gertz)

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    The snippet feature is one of the features that I’m fondest of in Visual Basic. It was another one of a handful of features that got discussed in a series of “What if…” meetings that Sam & I had during the “Whidbey” planning stages. As I recall, the...
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    Visual Basic LINQ Hands On Labs for Orcas Beta 1 (Beth Massi)

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    The VB team just posted some Hands On Labs on LINQ and LINQ to SQL for Orcas Beta 1. The first lab provides an introduction to The LINQ Project . You'll look at basic LINQ features including the Standard Query Operators, and you'll see how these features...
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    So what does ComClass actually do?

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    I came across a really cool article yesterday by James Ashley, which shows some of the cool things you can do with the Interop Forms Toolkit 2.0 . The three VB6 examples cover consuming a WebService (complete with a Dilbert icon showing up in the VB6...
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    Bill & Steve (Jobs!) reminisce about floating point BASIC

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    Another entry in the annals of BASIC history today…. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs sat down for an interview with Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg of All Things Digital for the D5 conference. One of the highlights of the video is recalling the agreement Apple...
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    Closures in VB Part 3: Scope

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    Jared here again. For previous articles in this series please see Part 1: Introduction Part 2: Method Calls Thus far in the series we've only lifted variables that are declared in the same block/scope. What happens if we lift variables in...
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    Error correction (Matt Gertz)

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    It’s funny how we come up with a VB feature sometimes. I remember one case pretty well. I was the new dev lead of the VB editor at the time, and I was talking about possible features for “Whidbey” (i.e. Visual Studio 2005) with my program manager, Sam...
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    Visual Basic & Smart Devices (Matt Gertz)

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    Last week I talked a bit about operator overloading, and used the concept to support a library of matrix functions. This week, we’ll use those functions in a Smart Device application to create a matrix calculator. Smart Device applications It’s...
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    Visual Basic Forms over Data "How-to" video series (Beth Massi)

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    Friday we posted the first 8 videos of the Visual Basic Forms over Data "How-to" video series on MSDN. If you don't have the Visual Basic Dev Center as your homepage you might have missed the headline. ;-) This how-to video series is dedicated to getting...
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    AmandaS' LINQ talk at VSLive Orlando

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    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...
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    Operator Overloading: A demonstration using matrices (Matt Gertz)

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    Over a decade ago, before I joined Microsoft, I was a doctoral candidate at Carnegie Mellon studying robotics. One of the things that you had to do to get into the doctoral program was pass a qualifier test (“the qual”), which was a three-hour oral examination...
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    Closures in VB Part 2: Method Calls

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    For previous articles in this series, please see Part 1 - The basics Jared here again. This part of the series will focus on how method calls are handled in closures. As stated in the previous article, the purpose of closures is to allow all...
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    Closures in VB: Part 1

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    My name is Jared Parsons and I am a developer on the VB Compiler and Debugger. One of the features I implemented for VB 9.0 is lexical closure support. This a great addition to the VB language and I wanted to do a series of blog posts to describe this...
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    Just Released - Interop Forms Toolkit 2.0!

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    Today we launched the Interop Forms Toolkit 2.0 , which makes it easier than ever to upgrade VB6 applications to .NET. This new release builds on version 1.0 by adding support for the following features: Interop UserControls - These are .NET controls...
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    Four dynamic languages for .NET interoperating!

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    John Lam just posted a screen cast of four dynamic languages interoperating in SIlverlight on the Mac! Check it out!
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    VB On Silverlight

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    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...
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    What do the announcements at Mix mean for the Visual Basic developer?

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    At the Mix conference today in Las Vegas, Ray Ozzie and Scott Guthrie were dropping goodies like tootsie pops from a piñata. There was so much packed into their over two hour keynote that I thought it would be useful to distill the announcements down...
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    The Best of Intentions (Matt Gertz)

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    The title pretty much describes this post. I had fully intended to work on a Smart Device application for VB last week, and post the walkthrough here. VB is a great language for coding against devices, and there are a lot of cool things you can use a...
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    So, you're going to Mix?

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    Now that Orcas Beta1 is on your machines, we’re trying to finish up the Beta2 version of Orcas to deliver those features you are so eagerly awaiting – features like Group By, explicit Joins, Nullable, keyword Intellisense, and Lambda Expressions. Things...
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    Want to Customize your menus in Visual Studio 2005? Here's how... (Lisa Feigenbaum)

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    This post was inspired by a customer bug on Connect . However, it exposes a cool trick that you all might want to try! Consider the case that you want to make the Command Window item appear in the View menu itself (rather than in its current location...
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    Working with Shortcut Keys (Lisa Feigenbaum)

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    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...
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    Save Time – Use Keyboard Shortcuts! (Lisa Feigenbaum)

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    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...
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    Controls on the fly (Matt Gertz)

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    Controls on the fly (Matt Gertz) So last week, I posted up a simple “Maze” game, in which you navigate through a virtual environment similar to the old “Myst” game. The way I’d coded it, though, it didn’t actually have any “game” to it – you just walked...
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