Visual Basic Blog

A group blog from members of the VB team

What is the difference between VB 9, VBx and Silverlight? (Scott Wisniewski)

I recently received an email from a customer asking for clarification as to what the difference was between VB 9, VBx and Sliverlight. In particular, it seems as if we have been releasing so much information about cool new stuff that at least a few people have become confused, making them a bit nervous about the future of VB. The customer had ...

Slide deck for Interop Toolkit Webcast

Thanks to everyone who was able to make it out for this morning's webcast.  We covered how to use the Interop Toolkit 2.0 to upgrade VB6 applications to VB.NET, how to deploy hybrid applications, and finally we touched on some other great interop resources available on MSDN.  As promised the slide deck's available below, and ...

Visual Basic XML Transform – TechEd demo prep

Hello from Orlando! I’ve been at TechEd 2007 this week in very sunny Orlando. As part of my demo prep, I had to create a little xml transform to convert the TechEd schedule that I got off the www.msteched.com website in an Excel XML format into a more readable xml file format. I could have done this all with one transform, but the newer XML ...

InteropForms 2.0 Tip #1 – Font Property

(Starting today, we'll be highlighting various tips that might help you when using the InteropForms 2.0 toolkit.   With the latest release of the toolkit, you can do some fairly impressive upgrades to your existing VB6 applications.  Don't believe me?  Check this out as one cool example  - WPF in VB6 anyone?!) If ...

Deploying Applications with the InteropForms 2.0 toolkit

(Recently, we released the InteropForms 2.0 toolkit which allows you to add the richness of .net windows forms to your vb6 application.  We've gotten a fair number of questions from customers asking for more details on deployment, so this will hopefully answer most of your questions) As I'm sure you're aware, deploying VB6 COM based ...

Dissecting Snippets (Matt Gertz)

The snippet feature is one of the features that I’m fondest of in Visual Basic.  It was another one of a handful of features that got discussed in a series of “What if…” meetings that Sam & I had during the “Whidbey” planning stages.  As I recall, the things that motivated it for Sam was ...

Visual Basic LINQ Hands On Labs for Orcas Beta 1 (Beth Massi)

The VB team just posted some Hands On Labs on LINQ and LINQ to SQL for Orcas Beta 1. The first lab provides an introduction to The LINQ Project. You'll look at basic LINQ features including the Standard Query Operators, and you'll see how these features can be used against in-memory collections, connected databases, and XML documents. The ...

So what does ComClass actually do?

I came across a really cool article yesterday by James Ashley, which shows some of the cool things you can do with the Interop Forms Toolkit 2.0.   The three VB6 examples cover consuming a WebService (complete with a Dilbert icon showing up in the VB6 toolbox!), implementing multithreading using the BackgroundWorker component, and ...

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