Visual Basic Blog

A group blog from members of the VB team

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 like to take ...

Code Generation for Overrides in Visual Basic .Net 2005

 by Mike CarterSome 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 1When overriding a Sub, a declaration stub similar to the following was generated in the editor. ...

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    ...

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 "Break Mode" from which the debugger cannot ...

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 few cool tricks that most ...

Visual Studio 2005 IDE: Top Ten Feature List (by LisaFeig)

For our first VB IDE post on the VB team blog, I’d like to give you my list of the top 10 new features in the Visual Studio 2005 IDE.  Now that the product has been released, you can take advantage of these today!1. Edit and ContinueYou are again able to make changes to your code while debugging, back up the code instruction pointer...

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 instead.&...

Visual Basic 2005 is now available!

 Today is the official launch day of the new version of Visual Basic:  This page links to the relevant information (how to get it, what's new, etc…)http://msdn.microsoft.com/vbasic/You can also download the FREE Visual Basic 2005 Express Edition from here:http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/express/vb/ Happy coding, Luca ...

VB Snippet Editor RTM RC Release – Lorenzo Minore

We just released the VB Snippet Editor RTM RC!This release includes lots of new great features:- Code Snippet treeview; lets you browse through your registered snippet directories - 'Save as .vsi' option; lets you save your snippet as a .vsi package - Code colorizers; the language keywords are colorized like inside the VB editor - ...

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