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VB Quark #2: compiler directives and constants

Building upon VB Quark #1 , did you know you can use compiler directives alongside expressions in constants ? #If CONFIG = "Debug" Then    Const path As String = "Z:\mydebug.sdf" #Else    Const path As String = "|DataDirectory|\Database1.sdf" #End If    Const connectionString = "Data Source=" & path The nice thing about this is as you change […]

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VB Quark #1: constant expressions

This quark is more of a did ya know quark about constant expressions in VB. You probably know you can declare a constant expression such :    Const appName As String = "My Really Cool App" But did you know you can also do operations in constants ? Rather than calculate the area of a circle […]

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VB Quark #0 : lambda expressions and statements

This VB Quark is the one that started the conversation some weeks back. It’s number 0, both because these days things are typically 0 based in .NET, and also you could say it is ground zero. It’s about a quirk quark to do with lambda functions versus lambda subs. Let’s say you have a Customer […]

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VB Quarks …

A few weeks ago I was having a discussion about a particular language feature that was causing a couple of people to trip up in their code. From that discussion we identified some places where the VB compiler and IDE can possibly help in the future; but for today there are some language features that […]

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Windows Phone Mango and multiple google calendars

With Windows Phone 7.5 (aka Mango) being released in the next couple of weeks, you may have to work around a google limitation to get multiple google calendars on your device. Both Windows Phone 7.5 and google calendar allow you to have multiple calendars on your phone, but for whatever reason Google doesn’t let you […]

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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 have shipped. Download the VB Windows Phone Toolkit samples Enjoy   Oh, and Thanks to […]

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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. In pseudo code it basically looks like: Structure Variant     Public VT as VariantType     […]

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a little help for volunteers

Today Microsoft announced an even more generous program designed to help non-profit organisations !! http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoftupblog/archive/2011/07/26/expanding-microsoft-software-donations-to-more-nonprofits.aspx   Kudos guys!!!!   Thanks

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Great Ocean Walk photos added

Last weekend we strolled around Glen Aire, along the Great Ocean Walk from Castle Cove to Johanna:       More photos at: https://picasaweb.google.com/Bill.McCarthy.MVP/GreatOceanWalk#

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Dell XPS 17 (L702x) review

I recently bought a Dell XPS17 (L702x) and thought I’d post a review for those considering purchasing this notebook. There’s a massive thread about all things good and bad in relation to this notebook over on notebook forums; the following is just my opinion Weight : good for the size. Screen: Love it !!  I […]

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