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My new book "Visual Basic 2012 Unleashed" is available

I'm pleased and proud to announce that my new book "Visual Basic 2012 Unleashed" is available, both paperback and digital edition! This time I had the honor of featuring Lucian Wischik, the VB Specification Lead at Microsoft, as the author of a great foreword. As usual, it has really been a hard work, but fortunately working with a great team (including Matthew Kleinwaks as the tech editor) makes things easier. The book has been fully updated to target the .NET Framework 4.5 and the new features in the Visual Basic programming Language, such as the Async/Await pattern, new tools in the...

posted @ lunedì 28 gennaio 2013 22:43 | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ Visual Basic Silverlight/Windows Phone Windows Presentation Foundation Windows Communication Foundation LINQ/EF/OData Misc .NET Framework Help Authoring Setup & Deployment Visual Studio Extensibility Visual Studio Express Editions Windows Azure Windows 8 & WinRT Visual Studio 2012 ]

Announcing Vsi Builder 2010, a new extension for Visual Studio 2010

I just released on CodePlex and on the Visual Studio Gallery a new extension for Visual Studio 2010 named Vsi Builder 2010, due to a good feedback coming from a previous, stand-alone version for VS 2008. What is it about? The new extensibility model in Visual Studio 2010 introduced the new VSIX file format and the concept of "extension" in order to share and install components for Visual Studio 2010, such as tool windows, packages and code editor extensions. The problem is that reusable code-snippets (.snippet files) and old-style add-ins cannot be packaged and deployed via the VSIX format. In fact, they...

posted @ lunedì 6 dicembre 2010 18:48 | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ Visual Studio 2010 Visual Basic Visual Studio Extensibility ]

My book "Visual Basic 2010 Unleashed" is available

I'm pleased to announce that my book "Visual Basic 2010 Unleashed" is finally live! It's my first English book and it offers more than 1200 pages where the syntax of Visual Basic 2010 is analyzed in details but it is also a book that describes how Visual Basic today can be used against the most recent Microsoft technologies for both Windows and the Web. (Click for larger image) It has been a really hard work but I feel proud of it :-) With regard to contents, actually this book is not intended for absolute beginners; instead it is intended for an audience...

posted @ mercoledì 12 maggio 2010 10:49 | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ Visual Studio 2010 Visual Basic Visual Studio Tools for Office Silverlight/Windows Phone Windows Presentation Foundation Windows Communication Foundation LINQ/EF/OData .NET Framework Setup & Deployment Visual Studio Extensibility Visual Studio Express Editions ]

XAML Code Snippets, a new addin for VS 2010

I just published onto CodePlex a new WPF project, an addin for Visual Studio 2010 which allows adding and exporting XAML code snippets and that is supported by both WPF and Silverlight editors. You simply need to right click inside the XAML code editor and select the command you need (insert or export). The addin uses the classic .Snippet file format and the code is saved (or read) as XML. I took this approach to maintain compatibility with the VS .Snippet format. Screenshots, getting started instructions and the source code, in Visual Basic 2010, are available in the project workspace here. Since the XAML editor does not natively support code snippets, differently from...

posted @ giovedì 25 marzo 2010 00:47 | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ Visual Studio 2010 Visual Basic Windows Presentation Foundation Visual Studio Extensibility ]

Creating, packaging and deploying extensions for Visual Studio 2010

Microsoft Visual Studio is an extensible environment, in that it is possible creating and installing additional components offering new functionalities that the IDE does not include. As you may know, Visual Studio 2010 is a revolutionary environment because most of its architecture is based upon WPF and this also changes the extensibility. Except for Addins and Code Snippets, that you still package via the old .vsi file format, VS 2010 introduces the new .vsix format that enables packaging and installing the so called extensions, thus additional components such as templates, tool windows, editor extensions and user controls to be installed to the Toolbox. Visual...

posted @ domenica 14 marzo 2010 23:17 | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ Visual Studio 2010 Visual Basic Visual Studio Extensibility ]

Updated code for my "Export selection as Code Snippet" add-in for VB 2010 Beta 2

Some time ago I published onto CodePlex an open source add-in for Visual Studio 2008 which allows exporting the selected code block within the code editor to a reusable code snippet (.snippet file), providing full VB 2008 source code, installer and video. I decided to update the add-in to target Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2, with Visual Basic 2010. I had no particular problems in updating my code and I could also take advantage of some new features such as auto-implemented properties which make the code clearer. I still used Xml literals and Linq to Xml for easily generating snippets. If anyone of you...

posted @ venerdì 30 ottobre 2009 00:14 | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ Visual Studio 2010 Visual Basic Visual Studio Extensibility ]

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