LINQ Videos and Tutorials

LINQ is really cool and is “baked” into the .NET 3.5 framework, so much so, that you don’t have to add the LINQ to your References because its inlcuded with your project. When you create a new project, the System.XML.Linq is right there. Your fingers never have to leave your mouse or keyboard. That’s a lot of…


F# … Yes, Eugene, it’s an Official .NET Language

Out in the field, some of my colleagues make fun of the fact that I still do my demos in VB. What can I say, having worked with VB since Day 1 and having programmed in Uni-BASIC, Applesoft BASIC, Commodore BASIC, GW-BASIC, QuickBASIC, and even VB for DOS, old habits die hard. So when it…


Determining Code Complexity

Having inherited a lot of code in past lives as a development lead or dev manager, determining code complexity was something that always fascinated me. I use to have conversations about this with some of my senior developers about this. Luckily, we had the luxuary of building the code ourselves rather receiving the code from outsources….


Chat with the Visual Studio Team System group on December 5th

With the release of VS 2008 behind us, come and join members of the Visual Studio Team System product group to discuss features available in Team Foundation Server, Team Suite, Architecture Edition, Development Edition, Database Edition, and Test Edition. In addition, discuss what’s new for these editions for Visual Studio 2008. There will be two…


VS2008 and .NET 3.5 – now a reality!

As promised earlier this month, VS2008 and .NET 3.5 would RTM in November. Today, it was released to manufacturing (RTM) and is available for you download via your MSDN subscription. All editions are available: Express, Professional, Team System, and Team Foundation Server. Trial versions of the software are also available if you’re looking to potentially…


VS2008 and .NET 3.5 release month announced!

At TechEd 2007 Barcelona and DevConnections Las Vegas, we announced that Visual Studio 2008 (aka Codenamed “Orcas”) and .NET Framework 3.5 will be released by the end of this month. Previously, we had stated that they would be released by the of this year. Just in time for the holidays. <grin> Click here for the…


First DBPro Power Tools now available!

On Saturday, August 11, the DBPro team release their first set of Power Tools. When you look at the list of features in this release, you’d swear they released a whole new version of the product. Gert Draper’s blog provides a breakdown of all the features in this release.  The Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals…


TFS 2008 Feature List finalized

Brian Harry, a VSTS Product Group Manager, just published what he believes to be the final feature list that is going to be in Visual Studio 2008 Team Foundation Server release. It’s a pretty extensive list. I highly recommend you check it out. A couple of features I’d like to point out that are going…


The VSTS Team has been busy

Over the past few weeks, the Visual Studio Development team has been very busy helping enable the .NET development community with enhancements to Visual Studio and advanced looks into what’s to come in future versions of the product. Let’s start with the enhancements: Visual Studio 2005 Team System for Database Professionals Service Release 1 –…


Microsoft announces Ship Date of Next Generation Development Tools

At Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference, Kevin Turner announced the date for the joint launch of SQL Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008! They will all be launched together at an event in Los Angeles on February 27, 2008. Here’s a quick highlight from the press announcement: In anticipation for the most significant…