Archive forFebruary, 2009

When ….

VB has a lot of high level features other .Net languages, in particular C# don’t.  Sadly these are often overlooked by some developers because other languages like C# don’t have them – the lowest common denominator syndrome.  This is sad because many of these features are actually part of the .NET runtime.  For example, VB […]

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Back from Alexandra

Got back early Sunday morning from Alexandra complex. While there we stayed at what we dubbed the “Alexandra Hilton” I think only half those tents were there when we first got there, but new ones were going up all the time. Inside the big white marquee are the same kind of tents again for those […]

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Fires update: Thank you :)

When I got home last night I had a heap of emails and messenger notes from family, friends and colleagues expressing concerned over the fires.  Thank you !  I did try to reply to everyone, but I was tired and was busy washing down the dust. Where we are, we were very lucky in that […]

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a time to cry …

If you haven’t seen the news, we’ve had the worst weekend in history here.  Highest ever recorded temperatures (>46C or 115F)combined with winds averaging over 90 km/hr in places and gusting higher created massive fire storms, killing many (over 85 found so far), destroying almost a thousand houses, and lots of damage. The human losses […]

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Snippet Editor 2.1 screen-cast

I’ve just uploaded a new screen cast: Snippet Editor Tips and Tricks Enjoy 🙂 (oh and don’t forget the “buy me a beer” button)

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New release of Snippet Editor

Snippet Editor 2.1 is now released on codeplex: http://www.codeplex.com/SnippetEditor   Apart from the few minor bug fixes, it includes improved search and now support for Visual Studio 2010 as well as 2008 and 2005. I’ve also added a “buy me a beer” button to this blog, and on the codeplex site, so if you like […]

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Iterators in VB 10 ?

Although VB 10 won’t have a formal syntax for iterators, it will have all the necessary ingredients to easily write iterators. In VB10 you can use a generic template and multi line lambdas to create iterators. This iterator in C# :   static public IEnumerable<String> Lines( this TextReader rdr) {      String line;      while […]

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In the garden: January 2009 update.

Last week I posted my “In the garden” post for January: that was before the heat wave came and hit. Since then we had record high temperatures for here, up to 45 C (113 F). We had three days in a row of above 43 C temperatures (above 110 F), and the night time temperatures […]

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