Visual Basic Blog

A group blog from members of the VB team

Keeping Track of Books Using VB (Matt Gertz)

I have a confession to make.  I’m not a database guy.  I’ve done a lot of varied coding over my career, but somehow I’ve never been directly involved in the guts of database coding.  Whenever my code needed some sort of data-caching mechanism, I’ve tended to “roll my own,” as the saying goes.&...

Preparing for the Next Product Cycle (Matt Gertz)

I once had to learn how to juggle in a very brief time in order to get an “A” in my high school computer science class.  I am not making this up.  The idea was that juggling, being a systemic process, was somehow analogous to writing programs and… well, it sort of made sense at the time.  I’d done well ...

Euchre Revisited: Fixing bugs and service releases (Matt Gertz)

It’s really embarrassing when a bug gets out the door in a product.  In particular, it’s hard for me to just sit and take it (however well deserved the criticism is) when a Microsoft product gets nailed in the press for a bad error.  It’s much worse when a friend or relative is the one dealing out the grief.  However, ...

One is the Loneliest Number (Matt Gertz)

(This post assumes that you’ve read my previous post on Windows Media at http://blogs.msdn.com/vbteam/archive/2007/10/30/let-the-music-play-matt-gertz.aspx – I will be modifying that code in this post.) After posting my media player blog sample a couple of weeks ago, I got a few questions from a reader called Saleem on how to adapt it...

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 ...

Endgame (Matt Gertz)

Well, I’m back from vacation, pleasantly tired and yet relaxed at the same time.  I’m busy trying to dig out of e-mail, things are going well, Beta2 has been in your hands for several weeks, and I’ve got lots of great ideas to try out on this site.(That’s the theory, anyway.  In reality, I’m writing this...

Using the PrintForm component in Visual Basic (Matt Gertz)

(This is the fourth and final part of the Paint-by-Numbers series) Late last year, some clever guys on our Visual Basic team released the PrintForm component on the web.  The idea behind the PrintForm component was to make printing and previewing your form very easy in .NET.  I’m going to leverage this component to enable printing ...

Loading and Saving Files in Visual Basic (Matt Gertz)

(This is part 3 of the Paint-by-Numbers series)There are four issues I want to deal with in this post:  New, Open, Save (As), and Exit.  I’ll be doing these in order, but all of them depend on knowing whether or not the application is dirty, so I’ll deal with that problem first.  Opening and saving files isn’t ...

Implementing infinite undo/redo (Matt Gertz)

(This is the second part in my series on creating a Paint-by-Numbers designer application.)This is the first application that I’ve built specifically for this blog, where I’m actually writing the code while I’m writing the blog.  (For example, the Euchre game that I blogged about was something I’d written a couple ...