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    How do I deploy an application and its prerequisites? (Mary Lee)

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    Let me count the ways: xcopy, ClickOnce, Windows Installer (.msi), Windows Installer XML, Group Policy, Active Directory, Systems Management Service or System Center Configuration Manager, login scripts, CD, USB drive, and many more third-party software...
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    VB Support for Microsoft Surface 2.0

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    Touch screen are great and we’ve seen their use on phone and slates but sometimes these screens still just are not big enough. For those who desire bigger touch screens, Microsoft surface may be the answer. Microsoft surface has been around a while...
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    Lambda Expressions and Expression Trees

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    Hi there! My name is Tim, and I'm the dev lead for the VB compiler team. Recently Amanda convinced me to blog on the VB team blog rather then my own blog for a variety of reasons, and so here I am. My current plan is that I'll post VB related postings...
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    IDE Debugger enhancements (type viewer attributes and type visualizers) by Luca Dellamore

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    In Visual Studio 2003 it was sometimes difficult to examine large complicated objects in the debugger (since it is simply impossible for any debugger to analyze arbitrary objects and figure out what the developer is really interested in knowing). To...
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    Did you know? IntelliSense Everywhere (Lisa Feigenbaum)

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    I've decided to start a "Did you know?" series with tips & tricks. First off is my favorite IDE feature in VB2008: IntelliSense Everywhere! Did you know about all the new places where you can now find intelliSense in VB2008? If you're like me, once...
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    What's the list of new language features in Visual Basic 10.0 and C# 4.0? (Lisa Feigenbaum)

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    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...
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    Using "negative sleeps" to improve responsiveness in VB web apps

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    [NOTE: please also read the followup to this article] .NET 4.0 will introduce many new threading and concurrency classes -- SpinLock, Parallel Linq, and ConcurrentDictionary to name but a few. The new feature that excites me the most is the ability...
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    Announcing the Forums Bug Submission Pilot (Sarika Calla)

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    In addition to Connect , you can now report Visual Basic bugs directly in the Visual Basic Forums.  The forum posts get entered as a bug or product suggestion into VB’s internal bug tracking system. With this we hope to take Forums (our vibrant...
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    Visual Basic 2008 Ships!!! (Amanda Silver)

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    Hooray! Today we’ve finally shipped Visual Studio 2008, previously known as “Orcas”, previously known as some symbol which doesn’t have an ascii representation. We’ve come a long way , but it’s been a great ride. In...
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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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    I'm A VB!

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    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...
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    Fun with VB !!!

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    Who says you can't obfuscate VB code? For fun, I tried writing some VB code which was shaped in the letters 'vb' (that's right, the code itself forms the shape of the letters), where the 'v' and the 'b' are formed from the Visual Studio inifinity logo...
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    Create Add-ins for Office 2007 with Visual Basic

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    By Kathleen McGrath The beta release of Visual Studio Tools for the 2007 Microsoft Office System (VSTO 2005 SE) was announced today. VSTO 2005 SE is a free add-on for Visual Studio (Professional or above) that enables you to create add-ins for the...
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    The Temple of VB (Matt Gertz)

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    Hi, all! It's been a while since I've posted to this blog, and a lot has happened in my world since then. Though I've been pretty busy on our engineering systems team, I took a little time off last summer to do some traveling and, more importantly...
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    Implicit Line Continuation in VB 10 (Tyler Whitney)

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    Things are always changing. I was at the Washington State History Museum with my daughter a couple weeks ago. One of the exhibits features pictures of various sites that were taken many years ago. Then it contrasts them with contemporary pictures taken...
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    Updating a Joined Query

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    A statement we hear a lot is: “The Typed DataSet is great, but the DataAdapters don’t support joined queries. I need a relational model in the database, but I need my application model to flatten things out:” Using the Data...
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    Explanation of cross-targeting in Visual Studio

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    By Amanda Silver John Rivard , one of the two tech leads on the Visual Basic team, has entered the blogosphere! His first post is a doosey – it explains why Visual Studio 8.0 doesn’t cross target (let you target version 1.0 and 1.1 of the CLR and...
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    Extension methods and late binding (Extension Methods Part 4)

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    This is the fourth installment in my series of posts about extension methods. You can find links to the rest of the series here . Today I'm going to talk about extension methods and late binding. Essentially there isn't much to say about it, other...
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    New VB9 Bloggers

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    By Amanda Silver I just wanted to let you know that we’re working furiously on turning the VB9 features into an actual product, understanding how the debugger and editor should support them, and getting another CTP out to you all. Your feedback...
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    Taking a tour of Roslyn

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    It’s a big day for us on the Managed Languages team! As announced at the //BUILD conference earlier today, and as posted by Soma on his blog , we are not just delivering a new preview of Roslyn to all of you, but are in fact moving all of the compiler...
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    Dynamic Searching using LINQ - Dataset + Joins

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    About two years ago I posted some code that shows how to dynamically construct LINQ queries at runtime . On average there's a couple questions per month about trying it in some edge case, and usually the support already exists within the API. Recently...
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    Converting SQL to LINQ, Part 10: Like (Bill Horst)

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    This post assumes you’ve read my previous Converting SQL to LINQ posts. I haven’t had much in the way of specific requests for more LINQ posts, so I’d still welcome any suggestions that people want to offer. I did get one request about how to mimic...
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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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    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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    Did you know? Ctrl+Tab to navigate windows in VS (Lisa Feigenbaum)

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    Just like Alt+Tab for Windows you can use Ctrl+Tab for Visual Studio. Ctrl+Tab will show you the active tool windows *and* the active files, so it is a good navigation tool for both. VS2008 has even added a cool miniature-sized visualization to this view...
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