Visual Basic or C#, after the battle

So last week Frans Bouma and me presented the Visual Basic or C# battle. So what was the outcome?   Well in both cases C# took the lead and won. However I am not sad because I lost In fact I think we showed that in most cases there isn’t a technical advantage to either of the two. There are some exception thought.   When Visual Basic has an edge: Office/VSTO development.The Office object model was created with optional parameters, a feature of VBA, in mind and makes heavy use of it. As Visual Basic supports this it has an … Continue reading Visual Basic or C#, after the battle

Windows Vista

Yesterday evening I installed Vista for the first time. I guess I am both pleasantly surprised and not so   Good While the installation took its time there was relatively little user interaction and all of it in the beginning. All I had to do was leave my old notebook alone and come back an hour later.Even though my old notebook is over 2 years old, closer to 2.5 actually, the speed isn’t that bad. Sure it is slower than XP but I guess that is to be expected. Now if I could only remember why that is supposed to … Continue reading Windows Vista

Functional exceptions yes or no?

In a recent blog post Anko raises the question if functional exceptions exist or if business rule validations should be handled differently. He states that he strongly believe that functional exceptions should not exist.   I have to say that I disagree with him. I do believe there is a case for both technical and functional exceptions. That doesn’t mean that exceptions are the only error notification strategy though.   Take for example a daybook entry in an accounting system. This consists of two general ledger accounts and the amount to be charged to each account. If the data entry … Continue reading Functional exceptions yes or no?

Visual Basic 2005 “Experience the difference” Tour in the Netherlands canceled.

Microsoft recently announced the Visual Basic 2005 “Experience the difference” Tour. One of the stops in this tour would be in Amsterdam. Regrettably this meeting is canceled. I consider this quite unfortunate as we don’t often get VB developer from Redmond in the Netherlands. I can only hope we soon get another chance to hear from them. Fortunately the ASP.NET tour is still on so we are not left completely in the dark Maurice de Beijer www.TheProblemSolver.nl

Visual Basic or C#, the battle take 2

This afternoon Frans Bouma and myself will be presenting a repeat of the session we did last night on the question on everyone’s mind: should I use VB or C# when developing a .NET application. Frans is a C# MVP and will take care of that side of the table while I as an VB MVP will try to convince him that VB is the better tool   If you are a member of the SDN usergroup this meeting is free so quickly go to the SDN web site and register.     Maurice de Beijer www.TheProblemSolver.nl

Visual Basic or C#, the battle take 1

This evening Frans Bouma and myself will be presenting a session on the question on everyone’s mind: should I use VB or C# when developing a .NET application. Frans is a C# MVP and will take care of that side of the table while I as an VB MVP will try to convince him that VB is the better tool You can still join us tonight if you register for this free event at the DotNed site.     Maurice de Beijer www.TheProblemSolver.nl

Microsoft InTrack training: Windows Communication Foundation

This is intentionally in Dutch as it is target at Dutch developers.   Microsoft organiseert dit voorjaar een aantal trainingen om ontwikkelaars voor moet bereiden op de komst van Vista. Deze trainingen zijn niet duur, € 50,- of zelf gratis voor partners, dus dat kan geen belemmering vormen.   Windows Communication Foundation, voorheen bekend onder de codenaam Indigo, is de nieuwste webservicetechnologie van Microsoft. Het breidt de functionaliteit van het .NET Framework 2.0 en Visual Studio 2005 uit, maar kan ook worden gebruikt in combinatie met BizTalk Server 2004 en 2006.   Door dit alles worden Visual Studio-ontwikkelaars in staat gesteld verbonden systemen te … Continue reading Microsoft InTrack training: Windows Communication Foundation

SDN Software Developer Event

Next Friday, march 24th we are hosting another Software Developer Event in Ede. There are a number of interesting session to go to, and don’t forget to come to Frans and my session about Visual Basic versus C#.   If you are a member of the SDN the meeting is free. If you aren’t a member yet this is a great opportunity to do so     Maurice de Beijer www.TheProblemSolver.nl

At last some air time :-)

Its been a while with the long and miserable winter but finally I got some air time again The weather was actually surprisingly nice with a lot of sunshine. Now if spring just got around to a real start I can get a lot more airtime. And I am still waiting for my new wing, should be done any day now.     Maurice de Beijer www.TheProblemSolver.nl

What is new in Visual Basic 9

If you subscribe to the Dutch version of the .Net magazine you are in luck In it is an article I wrote about the new language features in Visual Basic 9 and LINQ.   Enjoy the article.   Maurice de Beijer www.TheProblemSolver.nl