Using Entity Framework in Silverlight with Visual Basic

If you’re looking for ways to get started with Entity Framework 4.0 in Visual Basic then be sure to check out this month’s issue of CODE Magazine.  In it the Entity Framework team has put together a walkthrough that shows how to use EF4 in Silverlight, and best of all the entire article’s in VB! … Read more

VB Goes Mobile: Announcing “Visual Basic for Windows Phone Developer Tools – RTW"

With the release of Windows Phone Developer Tools in September, and the availability of Windows Phone 7 devices in stores, the Windows Phone platform is growing. Today marks another milestone in the progression of Windows Phone. Today we are announcing Visual Basic for Windows Phone Developer Tools – RTW. This release doubles the developer audience… Read more

Microsoft Help Viewer 1.1 – Updates Planned for Visual Studio 2010 SP1 (Kathleen McGrath)

Paul O’Rear, a Program Manager on the Library Experience team, describes the changes to the Microsoft Help Viewer planned for Visual Studio 2010 SP1. He demonstrates the new functionality of the viewer in an early build of Help Viewer 1.1. See Microsoft Help Viewer – Updates Planned for Visual Studio 2010 SP1 You can learn… Read more

Announcing the Async CTP for Visual Basic (and also Iterators!)

We’re very happy to announce today the Async CTP for Visual Basic and C#. Async CTP homepage: http://msdn.com/vstudio/async Installer: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=203690 Async discussion forums: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/async/threads Asynchronous programming is something that helps make your UI more responsive, especially in applications that interact with databases or network or disk. It’s also used to make ASP servers scale better…. Read more

Announcing Microsoft Visual Basic CTP for Windows Phone Developer Tools

Today we announced availability of the Microsoft Visual Basic CTP for Windows Phone Developer Tools.  You can download the release here: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=201859 This CTP is to be used with the Windows Phone Developer Tools, in order to do Windows Phone 7 development with Visual Basic. We have heard a lot of customer requests for this… Read more

Channel 9 Interview: Multi-Targeting Deep Dive (Beth Massi, Spotty Bowles)

I’m back with Spotty Bowles, a tester on the VB compiler team, shows us the ins and outs of how multi-targeting works in Visual Basic projects in Visual Studio 2010 in this Channel 9 interview: Channel 9 Interview: Multi-Targeting Deep Dive with Visual Basic 2010 What’s tricky in Visual Studio 2010 is that there are… Read more

Productivity Improvements for the Entity Framework

Background We’ve been hearing a lot of good feedback on the recently released update to the Entity Framework in .NET 4. This release marks a significant advancement from the first release that shipped with .NET 3.5 SP1.  I’m not going to spend time here talking about what’s new, but you can check here to see for… Read more

Troubleshooting Errors When Embedding Type Information (Doug Rothaus)

Visual Studio 2010 has a new feature, Embed Interop Types, that can simplify application deployment and solve those pesky issues that can arise when using COM Interop and Primary Interop Assemblies (PIAs). If you’ve ever had to ship multiple versions of an application that automates Microsoft Office where the only difference between your published versions… Read more

Removing duplicate namespaces in XML Literals (Shyam Namboodiripad)

A common problem that one often runs into with XML literals and the LINQ to XML API is duplicate XML namespaces. Consider the following example. The code imports a default XML namespace – “hello”. Code: Imports <xmlns=“hello“> Module Module1     Sub Main()         Dim x = <A>                     <%= <B></B> %>                 </A>         Console.WriteLine(“x:”)… Read more

VB XML Cookbook, Recipe 7: Enumerating Large XML Files (Doug Rothaus)

VB XML Cookbook, Recipe 7: Enumerating Large XML Files (Doug Rothaus) It’s been a while since I wrote one of these XML cookbook entries. Here’s some info on a common problem: Really big XML files. I’m going to show you two things in this recipe. The first is a tip on reading very large XML… Read more