Last month when I was in Redmond I mentioned to a colleague that I really liked the Open XML format that Office 2007 was using now and how I had been playing with the format and LINQ to XML. He pointed me to the VSTO Power Tools which contains a Visual Studio Add-In called the Open XML Package Editor.
I just posted an interview screencast on Channel 9. In this interview, Jared Parsons, a Developer on the Visual Basic IDE, shows us the P/Invoke Interop Assistant available on CodePlex. The tool helps with converting unmanaged C code to managed P/Invoke signatures and vice versa.
I couldn’t wait for the content pages to prop onto MSDN to tell you that I just uploaded two more WPF Forms over Data videos and code samples onto Code Gallery: https://code.msdn.microsoft.com/wpfdatavideos, videos 3 and 4.
Video #3 shows how to create a dropdown combobox (pick-list) that pulls data from a lookup table in a database.
I sat down with the VB Language design team and asked them about their design process, favorite features, their thoughts on other languages, as well as what the Visual Basic language strategy really is. It was a fun and enlightening interview with a group of really smart people lead by Paul Vick.
Last week Chris Slemp from MSDN/TechNet interviewed me and 3 other top bookmarkers about how we use the Social Bookmarking Preview and how we’d like to see it evolve. In this post he also has some interesting stats and analysis on how poeple are using social bookmarking (scroll down for the interviews).
This week on the VB Dev Center we’re featuring another community submitted article by Maurice de Beijer (VB MVP) on Using Windows Communication Foundation with Windows Workflow Foundation. Maurice has a great wiki as well that you should check out if you’re doing Windows Workflow development.
Peter Kellner (ASP.NET MVP) and crew are at it again this year organizing the 3rd annual Silicon Valley Code Camp. Once again, Foothill College has stepped up and is providing free use of their facility on Saturday and Sunday November 8th and 9th this year.
Yes, even Beth Massi gets a vacation. This year I have the pleasure of attending Nick Landry’s (Mobile MVP) wedding in Jamaica. It’s my first time in the Caribbean. This is what I call community baby! 😉
I’m actually writing this before I leave and queuing it up to publish later.
Chris Williams (VB MVP) is running around the net asking people nine questions. I’m one of the people he interviewed and he’s got a good gang of other people up on his blog as well so check them out. I was bummed to hear that Rocky doesn’t have any tattoos,
This week TechEd Online posted the TechEd panel I was on with Erick Thompson and Shyam Pather of the SQL Data team. I thought it was a pretty funny panel description they came up with, ala Dr. Strangelove:
VB XML Literals for C# developers or: How I learned to stop worrying and love Dim You dream in curly braces and end your sentences with semicolons.