Along with all the new goodies that we released yesterday as part of Visual Studio 2010, one additional thing we did yesterday as well is release an update to the popular interopforms toolkit. This update brings VS 2010 (and VS 2008!) support to the toolkit and fixes a smattering of reported bugs.
I’m happy to announce that the PInvoke Interop Assistant tool is now available on CodePlex. This includes the binaries, source code and the dev authored unit tests.
It is hosted on the more general CLR Interop Tools page.
I will be actively maintaining this tool in the future and (hopefully) adding more features.
You probably didn’t notice it, but we made some important and beneficial changes to the Support Statement for Visual Basic 6.0 on Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 just a few weeks ago, and I want to share the good news.
Jared here again.
I very excited to announce we recently released a tool I’ve been working on to MSDN that will greatly help with using PInvoke in managed code. The tool is called the “PInvoke Interop Assistant” and is included as part of a MSDN article on marshalling data for PInvoke and Reverse PInvoke scenarios.
I apologize right away that it’s been a while since I’ve blogged about the interop forms toolkit although I’ve been doing my best to keep up with issues and questions on the interop forums. It seems from the mail I’ve received that a lot of people are having good success at extending their legacy vb6 apps in interesting ways using the toolkit.
Today I posted a Channel 9 interview with Todd Apley, Senior Test Lead on the VB Team, where he shows us a variety of tips and tricks with using the Interop Forms Toolkit on Visual Studio 2008. He also shows us how to deploy a hybrid application built with VB 6 and VB.NET using XCopy deployment and RegFree-COM. Todd will also be posting follow-up information here on this blog.
I am Young Joo, PM @ VB team. I will be helping out Patrick on converting samples in Charles Petzold’s WPF book (Applications = Code + Markup) to Visual Basic. This is an exciting project and I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.
I’ve attached the chapter 2 Visual Basic.NET code for the ongoing project of converting Peztold’s Applications = Code + Markup book on WPF proramming. I am happy to say that Young from my team is going to help with this effort so you will see these chapters coming out more frequently.
In case you didn’t see the links go live on the Visual Basic Developer Center the VB Off-Cycle team has shipped the latest edition of the Power Pack controls. You can download them from here.
In this update we’ve added the much anticipated Line and Shape controls.
I just posted a couple screen casts/interviews on Channel9 you should definitely check out. I rounded up VB team members and influentials and asked them what their favorite Visual Studio 2008 features were and to give us all a demo of them!