Announcement: Windows Phone 7 Opens to Visual Basic

by James Vastbinder on  Dec 01, 2010

On November 29th, the Visual Basic team announced the Release To Web version of Visual Basic for Windows Phone Developer Tools. This is exciting news for the large number of Visual Basic developers to achieve almost parity with the C# developer community in regards to Windows Phone 7 development of applications.

Sneak Peak: Asynchronous Syntax for Visual Basic and C#

by Jonathan Allen on  Oct 28, 2010 4

In a recent blog post the Visual Basic team let slip an announcement that Visual Basic and C# would be getting a new syntax for asynchronous programming. Built on top of the Task Parallel Library that was introduced in .NET 4, this adds the Async and Await keywords to both languages.

Windows Phone 7 has put the .NET Language Coevolution Promise in Doubt

by Jonathan Allen on  Sep 27, 2010 9

In 2009 Microsoft’s Lucas Bolognese announced a commitment to co-evolution for C# and Visual Basic. And the productization of F#, some have assumed it extends to that language as well. But by only offering C# in the initial release of WP7, this promise has been brought into doubt.

Optional Parameters Are Gaining Ground in .NET

by Jonathan Allen on  Jul 06, 2010 6

Optional parameters have always been part of .NET, but with C# unwilling to support it, using them was generally considered taboo unless work with COM libraries. Now that C# 4 does support them, we are starting to see them used for a lot more than just legacy code. Other uses include interoperability with dynamic languages, immutable data structures, and various parts of ASP.NET MVC.

A Short History of Dynamic Typing in Visual Basic

by Jonathan Allen on  Jan 15, 2010 6

Visual Basic has always been on the fence between static and dynamic typing. In the beginning VB supported late binding, which is known today as “duck typing”. Through the years it has adopted support for stricter typing, though recently it has swung the other way with full support for the dynamic language runtime.

Case Study: Migrating a VB6 Large Application to .NET

by Abel Avram on  Dec 15, 2009 4

An IT services provider company has migrated an ERP application totaling 950,000 lines of VB6 code to .NET in 9 months.

Working with VBA and Visual Studio Tools for Office

by Jonathan Allen on  Nov 09, 2009

Visual Basic for Applications is a dead-end and Visual Studio for Applications isn’t ready for prime time, leaving developers in the uncomfortable position of trying to mix .NET code with legacy VBA macros. Fortunately Visual Studio Tools for Office makes it relatively painless.

Collection and Array Initializers in VB 10

by Jonathan Allen on  Oct 23, 2009 2

Visual Basic 10, to be released with .NET 4.0 and Visual Studio 10, is adding support for collection and array initializers. While these are similar to what we already have in C#, there are minor enhancements such as support for extension methods and improved type inference.

Is There a Future for VB.NET?

by Abel Avram on  Jun 23, 2009 7

Many have wondered why Microsoft is giving a different treatment to VB.NET compared to C#, why VB.NET developers are paid less than C# ones and if they should worry for their future or not. In a podcast, Lisa Feigenbaum, PM in .NET Managed Languages Group, assures the VB.NET community that VB definitely has a future.

Auto-implemented Properties in VB and C#

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 15, 2009 1

C# added auto-implemented properties in version 3, but Visual Basic was unable to match them at that time. With the impending release of .NET 4.0, VB has caught up in this area, but with a distinctive twist.

Interview: Eric Nelson on VS 2010 and .NET 4.0

by Abel Avram on  Jun 04, 2009 4

In this interview Eric Nelson talks about what’s coming in VS 2010, the C# – VB.NET convergence, the introduction of Parallel as a library, and Azure cloud computing.

Wrapping Stored Procedures in .NET Languages

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 03, 2009 1

Creating wrapper functions for pre-existing stored procedures is surprisingly difficult in .NET. Stored procedures have certain calling conventions that aren’t generally used in the .NET Framework and many of them are not supported at all. For example, C# doesn’t support optional parameters and neither .NET language supports optional parameters on nullable types.

Pattern Matching in .NET 4

by Jonathan Allen on  May 28, 2009

Pattern matching may seem like an alien concept to developers who focus on C# and VB style languages, but it shouldn’t be. Ultimately it is just a refinement of the case statement, which itself is a refinement of if-else-if blocks. This piece takes a brief look at that transition and how F#’s pattern matching can be applied to VB and C#.

Gizmox Releases Visual WebGui 6.4 Preview Version

by Dave West on  May 27, 2009

Gizmox announces the release of a free preview version of its Visual WebGui, version 6.4, product. VWG promises a point-and-click tool for RIA development (DHTML or Silverlight) that requires no HTML, CSS, or XAML coding; and that can be integrated with Photoshop, Expression Blend, and Flash CS.

C#/VB Parity in .NET 4

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 24, 2009

At the 2008 PDC, Microsoft promised language parity between Visual Basic and C#. What that means for .NET 4 was enumerated during the Lang.NET keynote. Briefly, this is what you can expect to see.

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