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  • The Visual Basic Team

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    VB Goes Mobile: Announcing “Visual Basic for Windows Phone Developer Tools - RTW"

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    With the release of Windows Phone Developer Tools in September, and the availability of Windows Phone 7 devices in stores, the Windows Phone platform is growing. Today marks another milestone in the progression of Windows Phone. Today we are announcing...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    New Language Features in Visual Basic 14

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    "Visual Basic 14" is the version of Visual Basic that will ship with Visual Studio 2015 . In this blog post I'll talk specifically about the VB language improvements in this release. (Separately, there are a whole host of IDE and project-system improvements...
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