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Visual Studio toolbar

The beta of Visual Studio 11 is causing a lot of feedback around the grey shade icons.  The use of colour or not has also brought to the forefront the UI for colour-blind people.  So I thought I’d post a … Continue reading

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VB Quark #7 : Optional Parameters and Dates

Hopefully you already know VB has full support for Optional parameters, both declaring them and calling them, but did you know you can use Dates as Optional parameters ?    Public Sub AddNewCustomer(customer As Customer,                               Optional dateAdded As Date = Nothing)       … Continue reading

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Displaying Dates in VS 2010

From time to time there’s discussion about the way dates are displayed in the Visual Studio IDE for Visual Basic. Typically dates are shown using VB’s date literal syntax of #MM/dd/yyyy# which is the standard US format.  For people outside … Continue reading

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VB Windows Phone Toolkit Aug 11 sample

The Silverlight Windows Phone Toolkit August 2011 (7.1 SDK) doesn’t contain a working VB sample.  If you try to load the VB sample that does ship, you’ll get hundreds of errors.  So I put together the VB sample that should … Continue reading

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WP7 copy and paste is here !

In the emulator in the tools SDK that is   Still waiting on the actual phone update, but for developers the tools update is now available from: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=49b9d0c5-6597-4313-912a-f0cca9c7d277&displaylang=en

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LightSwitch

So with the recent hype about “KittyHawk”, comes the product: LightSwitch. Jason Sanders has an introducing light switch blog entry up now. It looks good/promising.  The name however is terrible. Searching for it with Google will be a needle in … Continue reading

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.NET 4 is on windows update !

Today I was running windows update on some virtual machines, and noticed that .NET 4 Client Profile is available via windows update.  Seems it was released to windows update in June. For Windows XP the update is optional. For Windows … Continue reading

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Saving and transferring customisations

I got an email from a reader last week asking about saving customisations in Visual Studio: Hi Bill I read an excellent article by you http://visualstudiomagazine.com/Articles/2007/12/01/Customize-the-VB-IDE.aspx?Page=1 Just wondering if you know of a way to export those customisations so I … Continue reading

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IntPtr gets operators !!!

This seems so incredibly long overdue, but at last as of .NET 4, IntPtr has + and – operators added to it !! This means you can now easily write code such as :     Dim ptr As IntPtr     … Continue reading

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Updates on the Snippet Editor

First the good news : The February release of the Snippet Editor has now had 10,000 downloads ! Now for bug fix news: There were a couple of issues with the paths per language.  A problem with Express Editions of … Continue reading

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