VS2008 Training Kit: What's new in Visual Basic 9.0?

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Hi and welcome to another Visual Studio 2008 Training Kit screencast.


This session was presented by Amanda Silver and is the from the Visual Studio 2008 training kit available from https://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7602397.

Do you remember your first Basic program? Visual Basic has come a long way from a simple event handling language to a fully capable Object-Oriented language with the power of the .NET frameworks behind it. Visual Basic 9 will bring unparalleled productivity for line of business applications in the form of SQL-style query expressions and XML as a first class data type. But LINQ isn't the only important feature for the VB developer. We’ll continue to deliver on the productivity promise for VB devs with a vastly improved Intellisense experience in VS 2008 that should jazz those not ready to move to .NET 3.5. Off-cycle releases will ease migration from VB6 to .NET and address some missing features like line and shape, repeater, and PrintForm controls. Did you know that refactoring support is available for VB developers for free for VS 2003 – 2008?
In this brief session, you will learn about some of the key new language enhancements that are provided as part of Visual Basic 9, which is included with Visual Studio 2008. 

Recorded September 2007.



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    nice video as usual Amanda.It seems that Amanda had lots of spots for Linq rather than the rest of the vb 2008 new features. We hope to see Amanda talking about integration between WPF and Visual Basic. Astonishing Video again and hope to see you more on Channel 9 Big Smile
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    Ms. Silver talks about how popular VB.NET is - like for hobbyists, non-professional, new programmers and those coming over from VBA - argh! on a day when I was feeling no one but me wrote in VB.NET.  Did the VB.NET Team Program Manager dis the language?.....that's harsh.


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    Hi MonkeyMon,

    I think what Amanda is saying is that there is a very wide variety of people using Visual Basic, not only professional developers like us Wink

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