The many cases of ByRef

One of the overlooked or simply misunderstood features of the VB language is calling a function which has a ByRef parameter.  Most languages support only a single method of passing parameters by reference [1], that is the scenarios directly supported by the CLR.  The CLR has a lot of restrictions on the type of values… Read more

Did you know? There are many ways to insert a snippet into your code (Lisa Feigenbaum)

Code snippets were introduced in the Visual Basic 2005 release. They provide an easy way to learn how to do a particular coding task, or to re-use a piece of code in various parts of your application. Code snippets can be inserted in a variety of ways.  The method you choose will depend upon the… Read more

VB Catch … When: Why so special?

The VB Catch syntax has a unique feature: When.  It allows users to filter expressions based on something other than their type.  Any arbitrary code can enter a When block to decide whether or not to handle an Exception. Sub Sub1() Try DoSomeAction() Catch ex As Exception When Filter(ex) Stop End Try End Sub Newsgroups… Read more

Did you know? 300+ Visual Studio Tips & Tricks (Lisa Feigenbaum)

Did you know that Sara Ford just recently passed the 300 mark for her Visual Studio Tips & Tricks? Sara used to be a tester on the Visual Studio Core IDE team, and knows the IDE inside and out! I remember the first time I met Sara was 4 years ago when she was writing some automation and called… Read more

PInvoke Interop Assistant on CodePlex (Jared Parsons)

I’m happy to announce that the PInvoke Interop Assistant tool is now available on CodePlex.  This includes the binaries, source code and the dev authored unit tests.  It is hosted on the more general CLR Interop Tools page. I will be actively maintaining this tool in the future and (hopefully) adding more features.  There… Read more