Visual Basic Blog

A group blog from members of the VB team

Silverlight Ux Musings: Controlling Alignment of UI Elements [Corrina Barber]

This is my first post on the VB blog! I’m a designer on the team with a background in visual and interaction design, and I also have some .NET coding experience. I plan to start blogging on the VB blog on a regular basis, and my goal is to share some of my thoughts on and explorations with Silverlight.I’m sych'd about the ...

Let the Music Play! (Matt Gertz)

Oh, boy.  Sorry I haven’t written any posts lately, but I’ve transitioned to a new job within Visual Studio and have been getting my sea legs there.  One of the job tasks is getting Visual Studio 2008 out to you folks, and while I’ve always been involved with that aspect of the product in the past, it was always to ...

Channel 9 Interview: Matt Gertz Plays Cards with Visual Basic (Beth Massi)

I just posted an interview on Channel 9 with Matt Gertz, Development Manager on the Visual Basic team (well former Dev Manager, I'll let him explain <g>) where he shows off a Euchre game he's developed in Visual Basic that includes speech and sound. Matt is one of our best bloggers on the VB Team and he loves game programming as ...

Visual Basic 9.0 Language Specification Released (Beth Massi)

The Beta 2 version of the Visual Basic Language specification has been released onto the download center. This language specification corresponds to the version of Visual Basic that will ship in Visual Studio 2008. The spec covers the following major new features:• Friend assemblies (InternalsVisibleTo)• Relaxed delegates&...

LINQ Cookbook, Recipe 9: Dynamic Sort Order (Doug Rothaus)

Ingredients:·         Visual Studio 2008 (Beta2 or Higher) Categories: LINQ-To-XML Introduction:You can use the Order By clause to easily sort the results of a LINQ query in Visual Basic. A common requirement for sorted data, however, is that the user be able to choose the fields that ...

A Note about Enums (Scott Wisniewski)

I recently received an email from a customer who had a few questions about "enum inheritance" in VB, specifically as to why it wasn't supported. In particular, he sent us the following snippet of VB code  (I've changed the names of the classes and methods involved)  : Option Strict On Public Class BaseClass    Public ...

Visual Studio Content – Tell Us What You Think! (Beth Massi)

The documentation team has just released a survey aimed at gathering feedback on Visual Studio content. Are you dying to tell us what you think about the Visual Studio content in the MSDN library? Please share your perspective by taking part in the Visual Studio Content Survey. The survey is completely anonymous and doesn't require that ...

Why you should learn WPF (and how I can help)

A few weeks ago I mentioned I was working on a side project.  Well, then the soccer, tennis, and school season hit and..well I won't tell you the rest.  What I had started to do was take all of the samples in Charles Petzold's book Applications = Code + Markup and rewrite them in VB for publication to the VB community. I ...

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