Lots and Lots of Code Samples

We have been busy publishing and posting code samples for Visual Basic 2005 the last week or so.  For starters (sorry, no pun intended) there are two new start kits. The first is a Shareware Starter Kit.  The Shareware Starter Kit is a sample application that implements the common features in shareware applications. The Shareware…


Visual Basic Sessions at PDC

If you have not seen the sessions for PDC have been posted for a little bit of time. While there are various VB sessions at this years PDC it seems that Paul Vick’s VB session (Future Directions in Language Innovation from Paul Vick) is falling a bit behind the sessions by Anders and Raymond.  So…


Windows Vista Developer Center and BETA 1 Bits are Live

You can visit the new Windows Vista (formally Longhorn) Developer Center and check out some cool new content and a nice user interface.  In addition MSDN subscribers can download the BETA 1 bits for Windows Vista. While not a feature complete BETA the bits will give developers a good look at the future direction of…


Developer Division Executive Blogs

Not everyone is aware that a large number of Microsoft Executives and leaders have blogs of their own.  Check out the listing of Developer Division Leaders and their blogs on the Visual Studio Dev Center.  Now you can read about the latest information right from the top. Visual Basic developers should check out Rob Copeland’s Blog. …


PDC Early Bird Registration Ending Soon

If you have not already signed up for PDC time is running out for the Early Bird discount.  Check out the session summaries and register before the end of the month.


Windows Vista

So if you have not heard, Windows Longhorn is now offically named.  It will be Windows Vista. In additon BETA 1, targeted at developers and IT Pros would be available by August 3rd, with a final ship date in 2006. I think in the final version there should be a new screen saver with cows…


IdeaBlade and Free Version

I spent some time on the phone yesterday with Robert Otto of IdeaBlade.  IdeaBlade is a “developer productivity suite for data-intensive client/server applications “. They have made a free version available to MSDN readers at http://www.ideablade.com/regib-lite_download/. This version, IdeaBlade lite, includes “a RAD framework, an integrated ORM, model-view-controller architecture, advanced UI DataBinding,” In addition they are…