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The beta of Visual Studio 11 is causing a lot of feedback around the grey shade icons.  The use of colour or not has also brought to the forefront the UI for colour-blind people.  So I thought I’d post a picture of my toolbar, along with some...
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Hopefully you already know VB has full support for Optional parameters, both declaring them and calling them, but did you know you can use Dates as Optional parameters ?    Public   Sub AddNewCustomer(customer As   Customer , ...
From time to time there’s discussion about the way dates are displayed in the Visual Studio IDE for Visual Basic. Typically dates are shown using VB’s date literal syntax of #MM/dd/yyyy# which is the standard US format. For people outside...
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....
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...
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Last week I was in Seattle for the MVP summit. Whilst there I saw a brief presentation from Joe Kunk on Memory Mapped files in .NET 4. I suggested to Joe that perhaps pointers might give a performance boost. Then someone from Microsoft ( not to mention...
In the emulator in the tools SDK that is   Still waiting on the actual phone update, but for developers the tools update is now available from: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=49b9d0c5-6597-4313-912a-f0cca9c7d277&displaylang...
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Windows Phone 7 comes with about 57 different input scopes you can use (there’s actually 62 or so, but 5 of them give an exception when loaded).  The two most important scopes are Text and TelephoneNumber. TelephoneNumber gives you the numeric keypad...
As much as I like Windows Phone 7, there’s some really key areas that are missing. The following is my xmas wish list : 1.  Give me my compass back. When I bought my HTC Mozart, I did so with the understanding it had a gps and compass.  On the...
If you’re like me and like to open reflector from the Visual Studio Tools menu, you’ll probably have noticed that you need to have a different configuration (or list) of assemblies when developing with Windows Phone 7. To make it simple to...
Yesterday I noticed that the Windows Phone content had been updated online, but my local help library didn’t have the new content. So I thought I’d just open up Help Library Manager and update my local content. Sadly it wasn’t that simple. Help Library...
If you are editing XAML code in Visual Studio and seeing a lot of the code underlined as a hyperlink, the problem is you most likely have the “Enable single-click URL navigation” option selected.  It is best if you uncheck that option:
You can view PDC 2010 sessions online at microsoftpdc.com , but you can also download sessions to view later or copy over to your windows 7 phone The sessions info is all online in one nice big XML file : http://videoak.microsoftpdc.com/pdc_schedule/Schedule...
I was having a quiet coffee this Sunday morning, catching up on some emails, when some strange feline contexts took over my email. The first was a “MEEEEOOOW. LOL” post someone had posted on my facebook page. The next was something about Kitty talk. ...
I’ve been testing out upgrading some VS 2008 applications to 2010, but hit some MAJOR issues with projects that use Microsoft Reporting. I had reports that usually took seconds now take over a minute; and navigating via the document map was painfully...
If you are looking to improve the performance of your PC, Solid State Drives (SSD’s), although still costly provide fantastic performance gains for the price.  Last month I put in a Corsair V128GB2 and the performance difference on my aging Quad...
Despite the age of the .NET framework library, there’s still no straight forward way to make a font bigger. You can’t modify the Size property of a font, instead you have to create a new font and specify the new size and font styles etc.   I...
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There’s a new function in VB 10 called CTypeDynamic . ( note it is a function not a keyword so the Microsoft.VisualBasic namespace needs to be imported ) The CTypeDynamic function looks for dynamic information and performs the cast/conversion appropriately...
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This seems so incredibly long overdue, but at last as of .NET 4, IntPtr has + and – operators added to it !! This means you can now easily write code such as :     Dim ptr As IntPtr     . . . .     ptr += 4...
If you’ve got Windows 7 installed, the Windows Virtual PC for Windows 7 is now on MSDN subscriber downloads !!! I had the Release Candidate (RC) installed, so had to uninstall that first and reboot before installing the RTM release. All worked perfectly...
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