Visual Basic books in the UK were top sellers in the lead into Christmas

I was looking at some statistics on developer book sales in the months leading up to Christmas 2008. Overall C# outsold VB (there are a lot of C# books to choose from!) BUT VB 2008 had three of the top five slots including the number one slot. Unfortunately I can’t share the data but I…

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WPF Performance issues? Then maybe this tool can help…

I am seeing more interest in building richer UX in WPF of late which is great. Since WPF is very powerful and very flexible, we are beginning to see developers hit UX performance issues as they build increasingly rich and exciting UI. The good news is we have a new release of our Performance Profiling…

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VB links on Entity Framework, Data Services and WPF

The following are all well worth a look: N-Tier Development with Data Services and Entity Framework (16mins)  A PM on the team builds a simple ADO.NET Data Services application in VB. Dynamic Data Entry with XML Literals Dynamic creation of WPF maintenance screens using VB XML Literals. 12 new videos on ASP.NET Dynamic Data in…

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My low tech polls: show of hands at the UK MSDN events

I have been asking a few “raise your hand” questions at the MSDN events we are currently delivering in various parts of the UK. I thought they would be worth sharing. What language do you code in? C# – around 60% VB – around 40% Good stuff! Something else (normally C++) – one or two…

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Do you have Silverlight Beta 2 code? Then you really need to test with RC0.

Tim has done a great job of explaining in lots of detail what you should be doing as a developer with RC0 in preparation for the final RTW. However I feel a simplification may help – then you can read what Tim has to say 🙂 If you have any users of your Silverlight Beta…

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See you all in a weeks time

I need to crack on with some other work today before my holiday. I should be back on the blogosphere (!) on the 18th. In the meantime – have fun, cut great code and always make up before bed time…

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C# and Microsoft.VisualBasic.dll

As I dig into Visual Basic a bit further I to realise what I have been missing as a (lapsed) C# developer. A great example is some of the goodness wrapped up in Microsoft.VisualBasic.dll. It is a standard part of the .NET Framework and… is absolutely available to C# developers. Scott calls out one great…

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UK MSDN events now scheduled

Topics have been chosen, venues confirmed and details posted on our events site. We will be showing up at 6 cities through Sept and October with a lot of the content focused on Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1. Me – I will be delivering the “data bit” – in Visual Basic 🙂 I liked…

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Great WPF application written in Visual Basic

Today I set aside sometime to watch some “random podcasts”. Ok, not that random in that I decided they either had to be about Entity Framework or WPF. The WPF episode I chose turned out to be a great choice – a real world line of business application which tries to use many of the…

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