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VB Universal Windows App Part 4: using SharpDX for sound effects
VB Universal Windows App Part 4: using SharpDX for sound effects
This is Part 4 of the "VB Universal Windows App" series: So far we've built a solid app, sharing as much code and XAML as possible by placing it in our PCL. For today's post we'll continue the process, adding game-quality sound effects to our app. SharpDX is the best way to do this. Please bear with me. This is a long ...
VB Universal Windows App Part 3 (for the end-user): roaming settings, and in-app purchases
VB Universal Windows App Part 3 (for the end-user): roaming settings, and in-app purchases
This is Part 3 of the "VB Universal Windows App" series: In the first two parts we set up a VS Solution that helped us to share between our two app projects. In this post, we're going to code in the user-facing benefits of universal Windows apps. From an end-user perspective, the benefit of universal Windows apps is that (1) if you buy...
VB Universal Windows App Part 1: Getting Started
VB Universal Windows App Part 1: Getting Started
This is Part 1 of the "VB Universal Windows App" series:   Recently in April 2014, Microsoft announced Universal Windows Apps. I thought I'd take an old Silverlight paddle game and turn it into a VB Universal Windows App. Here's how the finished game looks, on devices and in the stores:   What is a Universal Windows App? A "...
Visual Studio "14" CTP Now Available
Visual Studio "14" CTP Now Available
As announced today by Soma, we've just released the first CTP (Community Technology Preview) of the next version of Visual Studio. This is doubly-exciting as this is the first public release of a version of Visual Studio powered by "Roslyn" by default. At BUILD we released the "Roslyn" End User Preview which extends Visual Studio 2013 by ...
Edit and Continue survey results
Edit and Continue survey results
Thanks everybody for all the great feedback! We've received hundreds of replies since last week with detailed information and concrete examples for us to review. We are closing the survey today and have started to process the tons of data you have provided. The overwhelming majority of you have told us that Edit and ...
TechEd: "The Future of Visual Basic and C#" Video Now Available Online!
TechEd: "The Future of Visual Basic and C#" Video Now Available Online!
If you didn't get a change to make it to TechEd this year, fret not, we got it all on video for your viewing pleasure. Join Principal Program Managers Dustin Campbell and Mads Torgersen as they give you the inside scoop on the future of VB and C#. You'll learn about: And better than just showing off all of these cool features you can ...
Help make Edit and Continue better!
Help make Edit and Continue better!
UPDATE 2014-05-20: We've received enough responses and the survey is now closed. Thanks everyone! Hey VB developers! Do you get tired of seeing this box (I know I do)? Tell us about it! The Visual Studio team would like your anonymous feedback on improving Edit and Continue (E&C) when developing .NET applications. This survey can take as ...
QuickVB Goes Open Source!
QuickVB Goes Open Source!
Yesterday we published a copy of a fun “Roslyn”-powered retro editor for Visual Basic called QuickVB in honor of the 50th birthday of BASIC. We thought this was a neat application to showcase our love of BASIC but since then we’ve realized that it’s also a great example of how to put the power of the .NET Compiler ...