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A group blog from members of the VB team

We're moving to GitHub!
We're moving to GitHub!
It’s official. We’re moving to GitHub! We are moving the Roslyn OSS code from CodePlex to GitHub. GitHub has a vibrant open source community that we want to actively be a part of and contribute to. We are also going to take this time to modify our pull request process. Please see below for more details: WHEN:  This upcoming ...
Better together: Visual Basic 14 and the Visual Studio 2015 Debugger
Better together: Visual Basic 14 and the Visual Studio 2015 Debugger
"Lambdas! Lambdas! Lambdas! Lambdas! ..." If you hadn't heard, Visual Studio 2015 will support the use of lambda expressions in the debugger windows. We're all very excited to deliver on this longstanding TOP customer request. When LINQ was introduced in 2008 it was a game changer for the way .NET developers think about and code with data. So...
New Language Features in Visual Basic 14
New Language Features in Visual Basic 14
"Visual Basic 14" is the version of Visual Basic that will ship with Visual Studio 2015. In this blog post I'll talk specifically about the VB language improvements in this release. (Separately, there are a whole host of IDE and project-system improvements as well). There are two overall themes to the language improvements: (1) Make common ...
New Language Features in Visual Basic 14 (animated)
New Language Features in Visual Basic 14 (animated)
"Visual Basic 14" is the version of Visual Basic that will ship with Visual Studio 2015. In this blog post I'll talk specifically about the VB language improvements in this release. (Separately, there are a whole host of IDE and project-system improvements as well). There are two overall themes to the language improvements: (1) Make common ...
Post-Release Goodies
Post-Release Goodies
The Rosetta lander Philae wasn't the only thing in space last week. Our launch of Visual Studio 2015 Preview and our announcement to open source the full .NET server stack were out of this world. After all, it’s not every day that you can say your work trended higher than Kim Kardashian on Twitter. After an overwhelmingly positive ...
Introducing the Visual Studio 2015 Preview for VB and C#
Introducing the Visual Studio 2015 Preview for VB and C#
Download Visual Studio 2015 Preview and review the release notes. Over the past several years, our team has been hard at work re-implementing the full language stacks for Visual Basic and C#. While this was a long investment, we knew that an improved stack with a cleaner architecture would allow our team to work faster, empower others to build...
.NET Compiler Platform ("Roslyn") for the Rest of Us
.NET Compiler Platform ("Roslyn") for the Rest of Us
WOW! It’s been a while -- almost exactly 4 years since yours truly, Beth Massi, last posted on the VB Team blog (although it’s cool to see I’m still in the tag cloud ;-)).  I’m honored to be a special guest post today. If you’ve been reading this team blog I’m sure you know by now that the .NET Compiler Platform (code named...
VB Universal Windows App: downloads
VB Universal Windows App: downloads
Here are download links for the "VB Universal Windows App" series:   App1.vb This is the minimal VB universal app that we'll build in this blog series.   Breakout Universal This is a complete game, based upon all the principles that were covered in the blog series.   How Do I video series   &...
VB Universal Windows App Part 5: calling into platform-specific APIs from PCL
VB Universal Windows App Part 5: calling into platform-specific APIs from PCL
This is Part 5 of the "VB Universal Windows App" series: So far we've been able to re-use all our code and XAML by placing them in the PCL. Actually, PCLs can only ever contain calls to APIs that are common to the platforms they target. This generally isn't a problem, because most APIs on Windows also exist on Windows Phone, and vice ...