Rewrite vs Migrate vs Reuse vs Replace

“Upgrading Visual Basic 6.0 Applications to Visual Basic .NET and Visual Basic 2005” is a great resource for anyone looking at upgrading from VB6 to .NET. The guide was developed jointly by the Microsoft patterns & practices team and ArtinSoft. See my interview with ArtinSoft CEO Roberto Leiton Garro. It was written some time back…

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Interview with William Morgan of Logica UK

William has been heavily involved in helping UK companies migrate their VB6 applications to .NET. William kindly agreed to a short interview. Enjoy. William, could you just say a few words about your role inside Logica? Hi Eric, I’m the Lead Architect for Logica’s finance business in the UK. The role is an interesting (and…

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Visual Basic vs C# LINQ syntax

LINQ has two syntaxes – Lamda syntax and Comprehension syntax. Each has their uses and you can happily mix them. Lamda syntax is stuff like: var longWords = words.Where( w => w.length > 10); Dim longWords = words.Where(Function(w) w.length > 10) Where as Comprehension syntax is much more similar to SQL and hence it is…

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An advert for Goto100…

Mandy in marketing asked me to “Create some text that we could use on a flyer to tell folks why they might want to visit that new blog of yours on Visual Basic”. My first thought was “Cripes – I haven’t got any real content yet!” – but I’m glad to say that thought was…

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Eric will be appearing…

Thought I would have an attempt to list where you could bump into me in person (or where you need to avoid bumping into me) – and should see some Visual Basic .NET as a result 🙂 NB: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/bb905504.aspx for all MSDN events 2008  August Nothing Scheduled yet – except a lot of holiday! September 16th…

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Interview with Artinsoft CEO Roberto Leiton Garro

A little over a year back I first spoke to Roberto to see if Artinsoft could help me with a large ISV  with a significant investment in Visual Basic 6. Since then I have had the pleasure to meet Roberto on a number of occasions and have seen Artinsoft do good work with UK ISVs…

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Welcome to Goto100 – a C# free zone for UK developers!

Hello folks and welcome to Goto100. The obvious question is – what is Goto100? There is a short answer and a longer answer to that. The short answer: It is resource for developers in the UK. For developers using Visual Basic .NET and developers faced with the challenge of maintaining, advancing or replacing Visual Basic…

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QandA: How do you avoid being charged unnecessarily for Windows Azure compute hours?

Note: Cross posted from IUpdateable from Eric Nelson. Permalink [Check out my other QandAs] You would reasonably expect to be charged for the use of the Windows Azure Platform for any application you have built which is live on Azure. But you will a) want to minimise that cost and b) you would probably like…

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Composite Application guidance for WPF and Silverlight gets a lick of Visual Basic paint

The Microsoft Patterns & Practices’ Composite Application Guidance for WPF and Silverlight (formerly code-named "Prism") was released with a heavy bias on C# which was a real shame for the many Visual Basic developers who are working on Xaml based user interfaces right now. The good news is there is now a shiny new download…

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Ged Mead on Windows Presentation Foundation

UK Visual Basic MVP Ged has been taking a look at WPF this year. I spotted his post on WPF Basics: How To Play Sounds and Music in Windows Presentation Foundation a couple of weeks back and found it a clean, easy to follow example – that really tried to help others avoid some of…

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