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    VB Entity Framework Samples Now Available (Lisa Feigenbaum)

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    There are a lot of great Entity Framework samples on Code Gallery that you can now find available in Visual Basic .NET. This was recently announced on the ADO.NET team blog . Browse through the list below and start downloading! ADO.NET Entity Framework...
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    Why are the Data Components no longer on the Toolbox?

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    The short answer: We’ve updated from untyped, configured DataAdapters to Typed, Code Generated classes similar to the type DataSet for DataAdapters. Using the Data Sources Window, add a new Data Source then drag the results to your form...
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    Why can’t I drag from Server Explorer to my form?

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    This was one of the hardest decisions we had to make. We know this is a very intuitive way to work. I’ve got my database, and I want it on my form (period). Background First, lets look at what we had in 2002, 2003. In 2003 you could drag from Server Explorer...
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    Visual Basic 2010 is here!

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    It was a very exciting time this week, with the launch of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4. On April 12th, 5 launch events took place around the world in Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, Bangalore, London and Las Vegas. The video from Bob Muglia’s VS 2010 Launch keynote...
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    STAThread vs. MTAThread (WHorst)

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    I recently ran into an interesting threading problem that I wanted to share, so that perhaps I can save some people from the same confusion I had. I started with a C# application someone else had written. I’ll call it “DeltaEngine” for the purpose...
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    My First Post - and more on VB6 support (by Rob Copeland)

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    Wouldn't you know it. I finally decide to create a blog and work on my first post and then technology gets in the way. We have some issues here creating new blogs on msdn, so I've decided to post here instead. When I get blogs.msdn.com/robertco up and...
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    Data Design Time Changes Beta1 to Beta2

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    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...
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    Extension methods (part 1)

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    Hi. I'm Scott Wisniewski, a dev on the VB Compiler Team. I've been here for a while now (about a year and a half), but this is my first blog post. I've been spending the past seven months or so working on Orcas, and finally decided it would be a good...
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    NEW VB LINQ CTP: Now live on MSDN!

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    I’m very excited to announce that the next tech preview of Visual Basic 9.0 which includes support for Language INtegrated Query (codename LINQ) and XML integration atop the XLinq API is now available on the VB Future and the LINQ project websites. This is the result of a ton of hard work for a significant portion of the team and we’re very happy to get it out to you. ...
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    Fun With Dynamic Objects (Doug Rothaus)

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    A while back, I remember being asked if there was a simple way to expose a source XML document as an object with properties. That is, if the root XML element had a child element <Name>Doug</Name> , then the object would have a Name property...
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    Converting SQL to LINQ, Part 9: Full Outer Join (Bill Horst)

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    This post assumes you’ve read the previous posts in this series. It makes the same assumptions as Part 8, and I will pick up where I left off, covering Full Outer Join. Once again, I recognize this isn’t an ideal situation, so if you’d like to see better...
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    How LINQ to Dataset works in VB (Jonathan Aneja)

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    LINQ at its core requires any data source to be queryable , which basically means it must implement IEnumerable. (It’s actually a bit more complicated than that, for a full explanation see section 11.21.2 of the Visual Basic 9.0 Language Specification...
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    VB Support for the XNA platform

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      With the release of the Mango Toolset, Visual Basic support for XNA and Windows Phone has now been added. VB resources include VB XNA documentation and VB WP7 code samples and starter kits and this post is intended to walk you through some of the...
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    Let the Music Play! (Matt Gertz)

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

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    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...
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    Happy 50th Birthday, BASIC!

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    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...
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    Roslyn September 2012 CTP Available for Download!

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    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...
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    Visual Basic Code Examples

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    One of the top requests we hear from the Visual Basic community is for more code examples. Microsoft is committed to making all of our technologies equally accessible from both VB & C#, as part of the C#/VB Co-Evolution strategy . In addition to product...
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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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    TL12: Future Directions for Microsoft Visual Basic (Lisa Feigenbaum)

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    Didn't make it to the PDC? No problem. You can still check out the *hottest* presentation at the Professional Developers Conference this year, available publicly on demand! Paul Vick (Principal Architect) and Lucian Wischik (VB Specification Lead &...
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    Properties vs Fields – Why Does it Matter? (Jonathan Aneja)

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    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...
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    Whats New In VB2005 - Some parts of the TechEd demos

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    So I cleaned up my teched demos and editted the notes so hopefully, someone other than me (without access to what's inside my head ;-)) can follow along and see some of the cool new things in VB2005. Simply unzip the solution, open it, and remember to...
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    VB Curioddities #1: Enum, Enum, my kingdom for an Enum.Parse

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    Hey folks, my name's Kit George and I've joined the VB team from the CLR. VB is after all, the best language, so of course, it makes sense to work directly on it! Like all languages, VB has it's little 'oddities', so i thought i would start a series...
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    TableAdapter and Multiple Result Sets

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    Several people asked me whether TableAdapter can be used to retrieve multiple result sets from stored procedures. The quick answer is... No, you can't do that with TableAdapter.Fill() method that gets generated as a part of Typed Dataset. But there's...
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    Edit & Continue - Rude Edits

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    by Bill Horst Edit and Continue is a new VB debugging feature which allows the user to make edits to code while the debugger is in "Break Mode" and then to continue debugging with the new edits applied, without having to start execution over again...
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