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…


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…


Ready – Launch Tour 2005

November 7th and the launch of Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005, and BizTalk 2006 is getting close.  If you are looking to learn about any of these products but have been unable to convince your boss to send you to the global launch event in San Francisco don’t worry.  The launch team will be…


Kid Programming Language (KPL)

There is a new article out about KPL, or the Kid Programming Language. This is a really neat idea that is being supported by Microsoft and was recently featured on the Coding4Fun site on MSDN. I have played with this some and the syntax is very much like Visual Basic however the IDE it comes…


Wanted, Dead or Alive!

Ok, got your attention with the title.  The Code Snippet team has started a discussion on the MSDN Forums asking folks to submit there most request code snippet. If you are not familiar with code snippets in 2005 check out the Code Snippet FAQ. While VB will be shipping with hundreds of code snippets in…


Free Training CD from AppDev

Even more great offers.  Microsoft and AppDev, a leading developer training company, have partnered to give away a free ASP.NET 2.0 using Visual Basic 2005 Beta 2 Training CD or ASP.NET 2.0 using C# 2005 Beta 2 CD. From the AppDev web site: “See why thousands of developers nationwide have voted AppDev training THE BEST!…


Free ASP.NET Learning Challenges for Visual Basic .NET Developers

If you have not already heard, InnerWorkings is providing a collection of ASP.NET learning challenges for Visual Basic .NET developers. InnerWorkings offers migration resources for VB developers – FREE to MSDN users for a limited time! You also get 3 technical articles and an eBook on VB .NET from Paul D. Sheriff & Associates.  


C++ 2005 Express and Half Life Moding

I have never been a big computer gamer, that is why I have an XBox, but this announcement yesterday is pretty neat. Numerous folks here at Microsoft have been working with Valve, the creators of Half Life and Counter-Strike, to make Visual C++ 2005 Express work for creating mods and enhancements to their games. Check…


Free eLearning and Book Chapters

When your whole life is all about Visual Studio, sometimes it’s easy to get a little too heads-down and forget that there are some integrated technologies that you’re going to need to know and use. So today, take a few minutes to learn about Indigo and SQL Server 2005. Microsoft Learning has some great free…