DTEE is BACK!!! by Kathleen Tamanaha

Running Code at Design Time from the Immediate Window   Back in Visual Basic 6.0, developers were able to evaluate expressions from the Immediate Window at design time (we’ll call this feature ‘DTEE’ – Design Time Express Evaluation from now on).  This feature gave the developer an opportunity to test their code out and to… Read more

IDE Debugger enhancements (type viewer attributes and type visualizers) by Luca Dellamore

In Visual Studio 2003 it was sometimes difficult to examine large complicated objects in the debugger (since it is simply impossible for any debugger to analyze arbitrary objects and figure out what the developer is really interested in knowing). To improve this scenario in Visual studio 2005 we introduced the concept of attributed debugging, that… Read more

Explanation of cross-targeting in Visual Studio

By Amanda Silver John Rivard, one of the two tech leads on the Visual Basic team, has entered the blogosphere!   His first post is a doosey – it explains why Visual Studio 8.0 doesn’t cross target (let you target version 1.0 and 1.1 of the CLR and version 2.0.) However, given your feedback that you’d… Read more

Code Generation for Overrides in Visual Basic .Net 2005

  by Mike Carter Some subtle changes were made in Visual Basic .Net 2005 to make code generation of overidden methods a little easier.  In Visual Basic .Net 2003 and earlier, you used the code dropdowns as in Figure 1 below. Figure 1 When overriding a Sub, a declaration stub similar to the following was generated… Read more

2005 Language Spec Live!

  Pleased to announce that the Visual Basic 2005 Language Specification is now live and available here. Also, be sure to check out Ken Levy’s channel9 interview of S. Somasegar, the Vice President of the Developer Division, where he talks about none other than our favorite language – VB. -Amanda    … Read more

Edit & Continue – Rude Edits

  by Bill Horst   Edit and Continue is a new VB debugging feature which allows the user to make edits to code while the debugger is in “Break Mode” and then to continue debugging with the new edits applied, without having to start execution over again. A Rude Edit is an edit made during… Read more

Want to see the VB 2005 IDE in action? Check out this video!

Here’s a great Channel 9 video with Program Manager Jay Schmelzer, that demonstrates a number of the VB 2005 IDE features mentioned below.  In his 40 min interview with Ken Levy, Jay talks about what it’s like to work on the VB team, shows how to use the IDE to make you most productive, and exposes a… Read more

The VB IDE team joins the VB Team blog (by LisaFeig)

  Hi.  My name is Lisa Feigenbaum and I am a program manager on the VB IDE.  The VB IDE feature team (including testers, developers, and program managers) has been hosting a blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/vbide.  However, we have decided to merge our efforts with the rest of the VB team and transfer our blog here… Read more