New LINQ Preview Bits Released

The VB team has release a new version of the LINQ preview bits.  You can download the January preview and check out the latest MSDN TV episode on link at  For those of you unsure of what LINQ is, it is new technology that was announced at PDC last year that will be part…


Register Now for the MIX ’06 Conference in Las Vegas

This sounds like a cool event for web developers, here is the marketing blurb: Attend the MIX conference, a LIVE! conversation between web developers, designers and business leaders, being held in Las Vegas from March 20 – 22 at the Venetian hotel with Bill Gates and Tim O’Reilly. Click here for more information or to…


New Composite UI Application Block

The patterns and practices team has just released a new Composite UI Application Block.  Below is a short summary, or you can get more information here. The Composite UI Application Block December 2005 Release is a source code-based component built on the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 that provides proven practices to build complex smart client…


VBUG 2005 Winter Conference – Reading, UK

When we rolled out the new Developer Center pages with the VS 2005 launch last week one of things that we deployed was a couple of reporting tools that we are doing a comparison and analyses of.  One of the most interesting reports to me was a report that did a reverse look up on…


Pre-RTM Visual Studio 2005 Automatic Uninstall Tool

You should install the RTM version of Visual Studio 2005 on a clean machine, that is one that did not have a prior BETA or CTP installed on it.  This is not possible for everyone and there are many people that had prior builds installed.  Dan Fernandez has posted a link to an automatic uninstall…


Feature Pack for SQL Server 2005 Released

The first Feature Pack for SQL Server 2005 has been released. According to the downloads page it contains: The Feature Pack is a collection of standalone install packages that provide additional value for SQL Server 2005. It includes: Latest versions of redistributable components for SQL Server 2005 Latest versions of add-on providers for SQL Server…


New Web Deployment Project for ASP.NET

New on the ASP.NET site today is a cool thing for deployment — Web Deployment projects. (Download here.) This is an add-in VS project type that manages an MSBuild file and lets manage you all sorts of build configurations, pre- and post-processing, etc.Included with the new project type is a new utility (Aspnet_merge.exe) that takes…


VS and SQL Officially Launched

It’s official, Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005 are now launched.  Not only can the general public purchase both of these products, but the trial downloads are available as well as the no-cost Express downloads.   As part of the launch MSDN has released an updated Visual Studio Dev Center and we have updated…


LINQ Updates for Visual Studio 2005 (RTM)

Now that Visual Studio is gold and has been RTMed if you are working with the LINQ preview you will need to update your machine to a newer build of LINQ.  You can grab the bits from here.


Visual Studio 2005 and SQL 2005 Released

Visual Studio 2005 (Standard, Pro, and Express versions) and SQL Server 20005 has been released and are avaialbe for download for MSDN subscribers.  For a good overview of the new features in Visual Basic 2005 check out Ken Getz’s article.  For more in depth information you can find a collection of VB 2005 articles here.  For SQL information visit…