EMEA Tour Followup


PaulYuk and I just returned from the EMEA tour where we demoed tons of new VB 2005 features to groups in Brussells, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Belfast, and Dublin.  Here (as promised) are links to more information on what I presented.   If you didn’t make it to the presentations, check out the below.   Lots of interesting material!

Was good to visit everyone on the trip.  Paul and I had a great time visiting everyone.

Start Clients Using Office:

Main page -> http://msdn.microsoft.com/office/understanding/vsto/default.aspx

Good overview -> http://msdn.microsoft.com/office/understanding/vsto/default.aspx?pull=/library/en-us/odc_vsto2005_ta/html/officewhatsnewinvsto2005.asp

My.Blogs Location -> http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/odc_vsto2005_ta/html/odc_vstoOutlookMyBlog.asp



Smart Clients Using Mobile Devices:

Main page -> http://msdn.microsoft.com/vbasic/learning/mobile/





VB Forums -> http://forums.microsoft.com/MSDN/default.aspx?ForumGroupID=10&SiteID=1

Submit bugs/suggestions -> http://lab.msdn.microsoft.com/productfeedback/default.aspx

Main VB web site -> http://msdn.microsoft.com/vbasic/

VB6 Migration site -> http://msdn.microsoft.com/vbrun/


Refactor for VB -> http://msdn.microsoft.com/vbasic/downloads/tools/refactor/

Snippit editor -> http://msdn.microsoft.com/vbasic/downloads/tools/snippeteditor/

IDE Customization -> Go under Tools/Import-Export Settings

XML Comments à Shows you how to customize this! http://forums.microsoft.com/MSDN/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=321766&SiteID=1

Find all References à http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/vsintro7/html/vxtsksearchingobjectss.asp

AutoCorrect -> Should be obvious from using it

Incremental Search -> http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/wcepbguide5/html/wce50tskFindingaStringUsingIncrementalSearch.asp


Immediate Window -> http://blogs.msdn.com/vbteam/archive/2005/12/05/500252.aspx

Edit & Continue  -> Modify your code while in break model

Debugging Attributes -> Really good article on things you can do: http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/04/05/VisualStudio2005Debugging/

Debugging Visualizers -> Example of creating them in VB http://blogs.msdn.com/deeptanshuv/archive/2005/03/21/400194.aspx

Command Window -> http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/vsintro7/html/vxurfcommandmodecommandwindow.asp

TracePoints -> Right-click on line of code and choose insert tracepoint


Language Improvements

My Extensibility -> http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/05/07/My/

Generics -> http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/dnvs05/html/vb2005_generics.asp

Using Statement -> http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/htd05whh.aspx

Continue / Isnot -> Simple, but new for VB 2005

Warnings -> You can customize these from Compile project designer page

Winforms Improvements

These features are not new to this version, but are new to VB6 users.   They are easily found in help


Tab order/Menu Editor

Inherited Forms

Forms Localization


New features:

Background Worker object

Bind to settings

Document outline window

New Containers

            Table/Flow layout


This article has links to all these features and much more http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/35f2fe4h.aspx

Application Model

Good general link: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/tzdks800.aspx


VB6 Interop

Great series of articles on using .net components from VB6 http://msdn.microsoft.com/vbrun/vbfusion/


Feel free to contact me (toddap@microsoft.com) if you have any questions about code samples or information that was given in the talks.   Thanks again for attending!

Todd Apley


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