Amsterdam DevDays 2007

 So I am not only doing a Chalk&Talk session during the DevDays next June 13 and 14th I have also been asked to, ahum, star in an ad [:)] You want to see the result? Are you sure? Really sure? Okay but don’t say I didn’t warn you first, here it is: http://www.microsoft.com/netherlands/msdn/devdays/uitdaging.aspx#4 If you ask me the lighting was pretty bad but then I am no camera/lighting man.  See you at the DevDays in Amsterdam!

Help wanted

Do you live in the Netherlands and would like to help out in the VB section of the SDN? Well let me know because we have a vacancy and we could use an extra hand. The SDN is quite a large user group divided into lots of smaller subgroups each with their own responsibility. I take care of the Visual Basic section and as the result of someone dropping out am a little short handed. As we live by the motto “lots of hands make for light work” we are looking for these hands.If you are coming to the SDE … Continue reading Help wanted

Another Software Developer Conference

Next Friday, June 1st, the SDN is organizing another Software Developer Conference in de Reehorst in Ede. The theme this time is Software as a Service, something that is getting to be quite a hot thing at the moment. For more information and the complete schedule check out www.sdn.nl/sde.Hope to see you there. 

The 2007 PDC is cancelled1

Microsoft just released the news that the Professional Developers Conference 2007 (PDC) is canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date. As a reason they give that there are too many products being released at the end of this year. According to the announcement the PDC, focused on future technologies, should be held at a later date that is better timed for future technologies. No date is given though. Read the announcement at: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/events/bb288534.aspx. Guess that makes the choice between the PDC in October and the TechEd Barcelona in November an easy one [:)]. Still too bad because the … Continue reading The 2007 PDC is cancelled1

The 2007 PDC is cancelled

Microsoft just released the news that the Professional Developers Conference 2007 (PDC) is canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date. As a reason they give that there are too many products being released at the end of this year. According to the announcement the PDC, focused on future technologies, should be held at a later date that is better timed for future technologies. No date is given though.Read the announcement at: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/events/bb288534.aspx.Guess that makes the choice between the PDC in October and the TechEd Barcelona in November an easy one [:)]. Still too bad because the PDC is … Continue reading The 2007 PDC is cancelled

JavaScript compiler in Visual Basic?

Yes that seems to be the case. Cory just reported that Miguel reported that the new JavaScript compiler that comes with Silverlight is written in VB. And Paul Vick just confirmed that it was the case and that the next VB compiler after VB9 (the so called VBx) will also be written in VB as well. Nice to see that Microsoft is starting to use VB more for these kinds of things. Enjoy VB!  

Need to read comma separated text files?

Then you really need to take a look at the TextFieldParser class. And if you never run into it that might be because it is tucked away in the Microsoft.VisualBasic.FileIO namespace, not exactly the first place I tend to start looking. But it parses either delimited or fixed with files. It has loads of options like setting the delimiter characters or specifying whether the data is enclosed in quotes or not. A real useful class to gave lying around given the number of questions I hear about reading CSV type files.And yes C# diehards out there, just add a reference … Continue reading Need to read comma separated text files?

Are you doing forms over data apps?

Well in that case you might want to check out these videos. There are 8 of them at the moment and they show how to do the most common tasks. These videos are created by Beth Massi of the Visual Basic team so all the code is in VB but even if you are a C# developer they are real useful!Update: It is kind of useful to include the link [:)] so here it is http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/vbasic/bb466226.aspx.Recommended! 

Does better equipment make for better developers?

I recently listened to a heated discussion about better equipment making for better developers. In fact the discussion was about dual monitors and whether a developer good do a good job if he or she didn’t have a good monitor.Well my take on the subject is that is doesn’t matter at all!Come again I hear you saying, doesn’t it?No it doesn’t! Good tools will make a craftsman more productive but will not make him a better craftsman in my opinion. If you never learnt how to lay bricks even the best bricks and mortal aren’t going to help you build … Continue reading Does better equipment make for better developers?