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  1. Re: Are you ever going to make objects have a transparency option?

    Sorry it took me so long to pull this together!

    I'm attaching a sample project. The key parts are:
    -TransparencyHelper.vb -- this is a component class (like tooltip) that you can trag onto a...
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    Re: Where do you go for information?

    Good points. We're working on equalizing the vb samples .. you should see some progress already. Plus there's folks like BethMa working full time on exclusive kick butt VB content ;)
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    Re: Where do you go for information?

    I can see how a lot of (blah, blah, blah) text can be boring. What about these short How To videos? e.g. go to msdn.com/vbasic/, click on Learn, check out the videos...
  4. Thread: VB9 & Linq

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    Re: VB9 & Linq

    Yes, given what you've told me I'd look at it now. You can make progress using LINQ with intermediate SQL knowledge.

    The interesting thing is LINQ isn't just about databases and relational...
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    Re: Where do you go for information?

    Paul M - what big developer community sites do you look at?
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    Re: Where do you go for information?

    Thanks Masfenix, your answer is exactly the kind of thing we're trying to understand.

    When you say MSDN, are you talking about the main msdn.com site, the msdn.com/vbasic dev center, or otherwise?
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    Where do you go for information?

    Last question from me most likely:

    Where do you go for information (for your technology, for your solution, for your business)?



    PS: THANK YOU all for outstanding questions and thoughful...
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    Re: Usage question

    This is incredibly useful! thank you for taking the time to write this up. I might ask you follow-ups separately

    I hope to see more folks jump in...
  9. Thread: VB9 & Linq

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    VB9 & Linq

    Have y'all been trying out LINQ and some of the other new language features? What do you think?
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    Usage question

    I'm curious how you're using Visual Basic. Would you care to share?

    The kinds of things that would be interesting to note:
    - what the application(s) do
    - the app type: Windows, Web, Office,...
  11. Thread: Dim

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    Re: Dim

    Yes, I definitely remember it there, in QBasic, TrueBasic, and GWBasic (I think) -- again for arrays.

    There are some people here who worked on VBv1 -- hopefully they can shed some light.
  12. Thread: Dim

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    Re: Dim

    Great question!

    Dim is definitely rooted from Dimension. In much older versions of basic you would use Dim to create an array in memory. At some point (we're not exactly sure when) this was...
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    Re: VB Runtime Functions

    I know I'm in a religious debate here ;), but you haven't convinced me MessageBox.Show is a better practice. What is motivating us to push people off of it? Change is good if we can point to why...
  14. Thread: Silverlight

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    Re: Silverlight

    Hi -

    There is a lot of great info (learning, showcase, how to get started) info here:
    http://silverlight.net/

    Silverlight currently is about Rich Internet Apps hosted in the browser. I'm not...
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    Re: API Migration

    Hi RobDog,

    Could you expand on examples of APIs you'd like to see incorporated?

    In many cases it's feasible - we just need to hear enough feedback to prioritize for a particular release.
    ...
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    Re: VB2003 Standard to VB2008 Express

    Confirmed.
  17. Re: Are you ever going to make objects have a transparency option?

    Thanks - I've been passing this specific feedback on to the Windows Forms and Client teams.

    There's a trick you can use that will get you part of the way - setting alpha transparency on the...
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    Re: VB Shorthand?

    Good to know you like the short operators.

    FWIW, we hear a bit more feedback to the other side that users like the readability of the operators and keywords we currently have with VB. Plus, we...
  19. Re: Which programming language have you used to make VB08?

    Thank you for having us - honestly we love the engaging conversations we're having with y'all.
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    Re: VB Runtime Functions

    These papers help understand the technical tradeoffs.

    Seriously though, it's a good thing to use the vb runtime functions if that's what you're comfortable with (it's what I use in real apps) --...
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    Re: VB2003 Standard to VB2008 Express

    Here are a few more significant limitations of Express:
    - It enables local data only in the tools, vs. client-server data connections
    - It enables client development only (Windows Forms and WPF),...
  22. Re: Will we be able to purchase VB2008 by itself?

    Thanks for your feedback on pricing. I agree there may be some good options in a sweet spot price range.

    Yes, VB Express 2008 is a very good deal at Free. You can build some serious...
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    Re: How does it work? Why does it work this way?

    Sorry - folks on working on the editor sides of thing were slammed today. I'm roping them in :) C'mon, we're allowed to be a little slow on a slow chat, right?
  24. Re: Which programming language have you used to make VB08?

    Myth buster time: ;)

    The compiler is native code written in C++, the VB runtime is completely written in VB (hence so is part of the .NET framework redist), My namespace and framework is...
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    Re: Future versions and developing...

    Good points above.

    Here's my take as the person in charge of VB6.
    - Now is the time to do new development in .NET (both apps, components, and features added to VB6). You'll have the best...
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    Re: A smaller Framework...

    Thanks for raising this feedback. This is a pain point we hear a lot about from our smart client developers.

    There is a lot of thinking going on here in MS how we can improve this. Unfortunately...
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    How does it work? Why does it work this way?

    Hi!

    I'm excited that we have a broad showing from the VB team, from feature designers, to implementers, to testers. This is a good group to ask deeper how and why questions.

    So here are some...
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    Re: Microsoft XNA and VB2008

    VS2008 is the first version that XNA could support VB from a technical standpoint. We did some runtime agility work so the vb runtime will be stable when ported to a new version of the framework...
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    Re: What is your Favorite New Feature?

    There are so many fun ones. My favorite still has to be Snap Lines on the Windows Forms designer. So simple .. so handy!
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    Re: API in VB.NET

    Hi - could you please clarify what you mean by API vs. .NET library (using some examples)? Are you specifically refering to API features in the VB runtime like MsgBox(), CInt, Left(), etc?
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    Re: Future of VB

    Hi -

    Good feedback everyone.

    There's a couple issues being discussed here related to the future: content parity (availability of VB content) and momentum. I talk about feature differences...
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    Re: VB.NET vs C#

    Hi Rob,

    Yes, you bet there will be bigtime RAD advances in data, services, windows, web, office, mobile, and more spaces. Agree -this is one of the top strengths. There's still work to do to...
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    Re: Future versions and developing...

    Hi-

    I definitely hear your point that change needs to be gradual & incremental. It isn't cost effective to keep rewriting code to get back to functional equivalence.

    From VB6 to .NET, I...
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    Re: VB.NET vs C#

    Hi-

    VB and C# are both great languages. There are interesting stylistic differences, however, the capabilities are about the same for our current set of scenarios and they are on equal footing in...
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    Re: What's coming for mobile development

    Hi -

    It's great to hear you're doing mobile development. I recently wrote a hobbyist application to get movie times from a public Web service.

    There is a good blog post from the mobile team...
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    Re: Welcome to the VB Team

    Hi all-

    THANK YOU for inviting us to your community forum this week. I'm looking forward to our chat this week, and hope more of us will get to know more of you in the process.

    Best,

    Paul
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