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Announcing Microsoft “Roslyn” June 2012 CTP
Announcing Microsoft “Roslyn” June 2012 CTP
Hey, fellow VBs,Today, we're excited to announce that the Roslyn June 2012 CTP is now available for download!Since the first public release of Roslyn, we’ve been hard at work implementing new language features, addressing top customer feedback from the October CTP, iterating on our API design and improving performance across our IDE and ...
Kinect SDK v1.5 – Now with VB Samples !!!
Kinect SDK v1.5 – Now with VB Samples !!!
As developers start to realize the full potential of Microsoft Kinect and new hardware is made available for the PC it’s really great to see the Kinect team provide some sample support for VB developers.    For a while the Compilers team (who handle both VB and C# compilers) have been hearing VB developers  asking ...
Async Targeting Pack for Visual Studio 11, now available for .NET 4 and Silverlight 5
Async Targeting Pack for Visual Studio 11, now available for .NET 4 and Silverlight 5
If you’ve held off trying Visual Studio 11 Beta because your .NET 4 or Silverlight 5 app uses the Async CTP, your wait is over!Today we’ve published the Async Targeting Pack for Visual Studio 11, a NuGet package that lets your Visual Studio 11 projects target .NET 4 and Silverlight 5 while taking advantage of VB11's new Await ...
Visual Basic 11 Beta Available for Download!
Visual Basic 11 Beta Available for Download!
As you may have read in Jason’s announcement, today we announced that Visual Studio 11 Beta is now available for download.  This is a huge release for Visual Basic as it provides full platform support for building Windows 8 Metro style apps, a first-class asynchronous programming experience, and also the long-awaited Iterators ...
New VB XNA Sample – showing Xbox, Windows and Phone targetting
New VB XNA Sample – showing Xbox, Windows and Phone targetting
For all those who have started venturing into developing windows phone applications, there are quite a few samples utilizing Silverlight, but the XNA content has been a little bit light.     (We are working on getting some more XNA VB samples online). But for those wanting to see a nice VB example of XNA development,&...
VB Support for Microsoft Surface 2.0
VB Support for Microsoft Surface 2.0
Touch screen are great and we’ve seen their use on phone and slates but sometimes these screens still just are not big enough.     For those who desire bigger touch screens, Microsoft surface may be the answer.     Microsoft surface has been around a while and there have been significant changes ...
Roslyn Syntax Visualizers
Roslyn Syntax Visualizers
Hi All! A few weeks ago, we announced the Microsoft "Roslyn" CTP. I hope many of you have had a chance to download the CTP and take it for a spin :) If you haven’t, do give it a try. To recap – in the Roslyn CTP, we are previewing a powerful set of language services APIs that you can use within your apps to reason about VB and C# ...
Halloween: VB Style!
Halloween: VB Style!
Imagine this. It’s Halloween. You’ve got a costume party to go to at 7 but there’s one small hiccup – you’ve got no costume. As a VB programmer you’re used to coming up with nick-of-time solutions to all manner of complex business problems but all your coding skills won’t help you now. After all, you ...
Introducing the Microsoft "Roslyn" CTP
Introducing the Microsoft "Roslyn" CTP
(Begin dramatic movie trailer music, slow PowerPoint slide show with cliché sound effects) OK, maybe I have a flair for the dramatic but that’s because today is such a dramatically exciting day. After years of foreshadowing, and mentioning, and updating on our part I’m thrilled to announce on behalf of the united ...