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you can tell from the title there’s a Friday rant coming can’t you ?  Well yeh, sometimes what should be a simple task of writing code becomes painstakingly slow.  Take for example this one line of code:   Dim doc = XDocument.Load( "abc...
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I wasn't going to install VS 2008 SP1 Beta on my main development machine until I read a MSDN blog that said the final SP1 will install over the top of it. So I figure there's more good in getting feedback into the system now, than waiting. Installing...
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It's bad enough when the Windows Live team continually releases their SDKs omitting VB, but when XNA 3.0 CTP is released and STILL NO VB support, it's getting beyond a joke. XNA 3 is for Visual Studio 2008 and lets you do cool things like create...
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I was just reading a work around for timestamps with LINQ or WCF, and I must be stupid, but I just don't get it. In fact, ever since dotnet came out mapping timestamp to a byte array or SqlBinary, I never got why they did that. Timestamp is 8 bytes...
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Patrick Meader writes on the divide between VB and C# inside Microsoft , and raises an interesting question. My response is probably going to be lengthy; more than I have time for at present. In the meanwhile, what do you think of the issues raised in...
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After my post about the first set of insults from the Windows Live team and the Search API samples, it was nice to see some VB samples released. Sadly though they were just the C# samples run through an automated tool. I mean look at this bullshit code...
Yesterday I reported how the Windows Live Search team posted samples in 5 different languages, but not VB. Well today the Live team has posted their Live ID Web Authentication SDK, which boasts : This release includes a sample application for each of...
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Microsoft's Live Search API team have released samples in Java, PHP, C#, Python and Ruby, but no VB samples. Better not say the " N word ", even though that's the way it seems yet another team at Microsoft chooses to treat their supposedly...
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If you want to download the videos to watch later, or to happily play them faster, skip ahead etc, then you can grab the .wmv files instead of having to watch them in a browser in silverlight. I like to increase the play speed in parts and silverlight...
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Thanks to Paul Vick for pointing out the Lang.Net symposium talks are now on the web. I've only watched a few so far, but here's my thoughts/review of them Paul's talk on VB.Next A quick overview of one area VB will probably be heading is...
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I was flicking through some MSDN help pages, when I noticed this topic on Component Authoring: Isn't it nice how "special" Microsoft views VB folks. Obviously anyone using C# doesn't have this issue, it's just the people using VB...
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I was looking at Lisa's latest blog entries , and the second last screen shot made me sit back and say "what": In that example of Lisa's, the local variable surfaceArea is actually the one that VB creates for you by default, allowing...
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A couple of weeks ago a friend was chatting to me in IM and asked me about a problem he was having with generics constraints. I told him he was trying to solve the lack of an INumeric interface issue. Then last week I watched Brian Beckman go through...
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Kathleen has posted about a real nasty bug in the VB 9 (VB 2008) compiler. And I mean nasty !! The compiler won't warn you, won't give an error of any sort.. it will just omit lines of code from your application ! Yep, it will compile as if nothing...
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