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    EMEA Tour Followup

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    PaulYuk and I just returned from the EMEA tour where we demoed tons of new VB 2005 features to groups in Brussells, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Belfast, and Dublin. Here (as promised) are links to more information on what I presented. If you didn't make it...
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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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    Code Generation for Overrides in Visual Basic .Net 2005

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    by Mike Carter Some subtle changes were made in Visual Basic .Net 2005 to make code generation of overidden methods a little easier. In Visual Basic .Net 2003 and earlier, you used the code dropdowns as in Figure 1 below. Figure 1 When overriding...
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    It’s a Small World, After All, part 2 – VB, C#, and GPS (Matt Gertz)

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    In my previous post, we fixed up a C# GPS library to provide more support, and wrote all of the UI for a VB GPS application, all based on (but modified from) a Mobile GPS sample in the Windows Mobile 6.0 SDK. In this post, we’ll finish up the app by enabling...
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    How Do We Learn to Be Good Programmers? (Matt Gertz)

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    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...
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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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    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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    Paper on XML features of VB9

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    Just wanted to point out a paper Brian Beckman and Erik Meijer wrote on the XML features of VB9.
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    Hidden Costs (Matt Gertz)

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    (Note: there was a grievous error in this post based on a bad assumption on my art regarding VB. Not feeling the need to hide my ignorance :-), I have instead made a number of edits in this post to bring it back to some semblance of reality.) One thing...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    QuickVB Goes Open Source!

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    Yesterday we published a copy of a fun “Roslyn”-powered retro editor for Visual Basic called QuickVB in honor of the 50th birthday of BASIC . We thought this was a neat application to showcase our love of BASIC but since then we’ve realized...
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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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    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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    Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview: Visual Basic (VB) Call Hierarchy

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    By Zain Naboulsi ( Blog ) Default: CTRL + ALT + K Menu: View | Call Hierarchy Command: View.CallHierarchy; EditorContextMenus.CodeWindow.ViewCallHierarchy Versions: Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview Languages: VB With the announcement...
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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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    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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