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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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Remember variant ?

Cory is continuing his posts about VB10 differences from VB6. His latest posts is on variants. Variants were/are basically a structure that contains a variant type enumeration and either the variable’s data value or a pointer to the variable data. … Continue reading

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Memory mapped files and pointers… or not ???

Last week I was in Seattle for the MVP summit. Whilst there I saw a brief presentation from Joe Kunk on Memory Mapped files in .NET 4. I suggested to Joe that perhaps pointers might give a performance boost. Then … 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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Windows Phone Virtual Keyboards

Windows Phone 7 comes with about 57 different input scopes you can use (there’s actually 62 or so, but 5 of them give an exception when loaded).  The two most important scopes are Text and TelephoneNumber. TelephoneNumber gives you the … Continue reading

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My Windows Phone 7 Xmas wish list

As much as I like Windows Phone 7, there’s some really key areas that are missing. The following is my xmas wish list : 1.  Give me my compass back. When I bought my HTC Mozart, I did so with … Continue reading

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Reflector and Windows Phone 7

If you’re like me and like to open reflector from the Visual Studio Tools menu, you’ll probably have noticed that you need to have a different configuration (or list) of assemblies when developing with Windows Phone 7.  To make it … Continue reading

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