A few rough edges in our shiny new Data stack

We have a rather impressive set of new technologies for working with data – LINQ, LINQ to SQL, LINQ to Entities, Data Services, ASP.NET Dynamic Data etc. What I am finding is… they don’t all get on with each other as well as you might have thought. My current battle is using ADO.NET Data Services…

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Another new find for me – MyVBProf.com

Just stumbled across this great resource of very nicely done screencasts on developing with Visual Basic 2008. Each topic area is split into a number of 10minute screencasts which are very professionally done. Great work by Bill Burrows who is a faculty member in Information Systems in the Business School at the University of Washington…

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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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200 LINQ Samples in Visual Basic

I recently discovered LINQPad.  It is written by Joseph Albahari who wrote C# 3.0 in a NutShell and contains all the samples from his book. It is an amazing tool – and not an obvious tool to turn to if you are a Visual Basic developer. However – a certain Federico Daniel Colombo has converted…

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Visual Basic vs C# – early adopters favour C#?

This myth is typically from someone in Microsoft who thinks, codes, demos and blogs in C# and wants to justify why they might ignore Visual Basic – errrr…. such as me a few months back. Sorry. “Sure – there may well be a lot of folks using Visual Basic .NET but they are not my…

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Intellisense – VB 2005 vs VB2008 + a great example of mixing VB with XML

I had not appreciated just how much intellisense had improved between releases of Visual Basic until I spent 6mins watching this (which isn’t a huge surprise as I have never coded in VB 2005). Lisa also does a great job of showing the real power of XML Literals in VB – mixing VB code inside…

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