Microsoft Help Viewer 1.1 – Updates Planned for Visual Studio 2010 SP1

Learn about the upcoming changes to the Help Viewer planned for Visual Studio 2010 SP1.  Paul O’Rear, a Program Manager on the Library Experience team, describes the changes planned and demonstrates the new functionality of the viewer in an early build of Help Viewer 1.1. See Microsoft Help Viewer – Updates Planned for Visual Studio… Read more

What’s Next in C#? Get Ready for Async!

Today we announced the Visual Studio Async CTP, which shows one of the major features we plan to include in a future release of C# and Visual Basic. This feature makes development of asynchronous applications–which include everything from desktop applications with responsive UI to sophisticated web applications–much easier. The future release will introduce two new… Read more

Converting a VBA Macro to C# 4.0

I’ve talked a lot about improved COM interop in C# 4.0 and how much easier it is now to work with Office applications. This time I want to share some tips and tricks on how you can convert Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) macros to C# 4.0 by using Office 2010 and Visual Studio 2010…. Read more

Blocking Collection and the Producer-Consumer Problem

This time I want to discuss features that belong to the new System.Collections.Concurrent namespace in the.NET Framework 4. When you design parallel applications, you often need thread-safe data storage as well as some mechanism of sending messages between tasks. Once again, this post will touch on just the basics and the most common problems a… Read more

C# 4.0 PowerPoint Presentations

Alexandru Ghiondea from the C# team created an excellent deck of slides that he used at Microsoft Days 2010 in Bulgaria. The C# team reused the deck several times for User Groups’ presentations and talks. If you are planning a talk at your User Group, feel free to download. And even if you are not,… Read more

Parallel Programming: Task Cancellation

In this post, which is the third one in my parallel programming introduction series, I want to show how you can cancel parallel operations when working with the Task Parallel Library (TPL). I’m going to modify the program that I started in the previous posts. By the way, here’s the full list of posts in… Read more

Parallel Programming: Task Schedulers and Synchronization Context

Thanks to everyone who provided feedback on my previous post Parallel Programming in .NET Framework 4: Getting Started. As promised, I am continuing the series. This time, let’s go a little bit deeper and talk about task schedulers, synchronization context, tasks that return values, and some other cool features of the Task Parallel Library (TPL)…. Read more

Parallel Programming in .NET Framework 4: Getting Started

With this post I want to start a series devoted to the new parallel programming features in .NET Framework 4 and introduce you the Task Parallel Library (TPL). Update. The list of posts in this series: Getting Started (this post) Task Schedulers and Synchronization Context Task Cancellation Blocking Collection and the Producer-Consumer Problem I have… Read more

New IDE Features in Visual Studio 2010 for C# Developers

After a quick review of C# language features, let’s do the same for the IDE improvements. So, what’s in there for C# developers? Generate From Usage This feature greatly improves Visual Studio support for test-driven development (TDD). However, it is useful even if you don’t use TDD at all. It might increase your productivity by… Read more

Get Ready For C# 4.0!

Visual Studio 2010 is here! And of course this means that C# 4.0 is also here. Let’s do a quick review of the new language features added in this release. Dynamic The dynamic keyword is a key feature of this release. It closes the gap between dynamic and statically-typed languages. Now you can create dynamic… Read more