Visual Studio Myths – busted wide open

The team and I were having a conversation about developers (we do that from time to time). It went something like: “Isn’t it a shame that so many developers are stuck on Visual Studio 2005 when Visual Studio 2008 would be way better for them and Visual Studio 2010 is just around the corner” “Why…

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Feedback appreciated on draft screencast on VB6 and the options to move to .NET

I am working with partners to pull together guidelines, resources and special promotions on tools to help UK companies with VB6 make the right choice around moving (or not) to .NET. This will happen early in 2009. There will be a new landing page with the information and on that page will be a link…

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MSDN Flash Poll: Will you take a dependency on 3rd party controls or libraries?

We seem to have a small hiccup with the polling software we normally use in the UK MSDN Flash. Zoho polls to the rescue… I am interested in whether you will happily take a dependency on software developed by a company other than Microsoft as part of your application – whether that be visual controls,…

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Q&A: Can I use LINQ with .NET Framework 2.0?

This question from one of my MSDN sessions has stumped me for a while. I know the new language features in Visual Studio 2008 (e.g. LINQ!) are compiler magic which ultimately spits out CLR 2.0 code – but what about the supporting assemblies? Hence… I parked it. Then… I stumble across a solution. LINQBridge (from…

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Q&A: Using both C# and Visual Basic .NET in the same Web Application

I get quite a random set of questions coming into my Inbox from folks I meet at events, conferences and through my blog. I thought it might be useful if I started sharing my answers when these come in. To start this off, I was asked: “We have two .NET development teams after our company…

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WPF Datagrid is here – well, nearly here…

I posted in July on DataGrids (or rather the absence of them) in WPF. While I was on holiday last week, this snuck out – The WPF Toolkit on Codeplex. The WPF team have split their work into: Toolkit – what they know they will release Futures – what they might release The Toolkit includes…

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Visual Basic and .NET Framework Versions

A couple of folks have asked me recently about Visual Basic versions and .NET Framework versions and how they tie up. I thought I would have a stab at a concept map to demonstrate the relationship. Note that things got very different with the release of VB9. VB9 targets three versions of the framework and…

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Two tools I MUST find some time to try – Typemock and NDepend

I have had my eye on two tools for sometime. Both tools look extremely useful. Both tools have a very different focus. Both tools look hot! Regrettably – both tools continue to be ignored while I spend time getting myself up to speed on the basics 🙁 Anyway – would love to hear from anyone…

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