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Backup on Build: Source Code Assurance

On VB author Joe Kunk looks into how an automated source code backup utility can provide a vital, extra level of protection in team-based projects.

What's New in Visual Basic 2010

With the release of Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4, it's time for Visual Basic developers to start leveraging the new capabilities of Visual Basic 2010.

Use Microsoft Word as a Report Writer from Silverlight 4

On VB columnist Joe Kunk shows you how to use the power of Silverlight 4 COM automation and local file system access to turn Microsoft Word into a report writer for Silverlight.

Calling Win32 API Functions in Visual Basic 2010

Sometimes your best option is to bypass the .NET Framework and make function calls to the native Win32 API.

Types and Tuples in .NET 4

Visual Basic 10 introduces new generic tuple classes that can help you get more done with less -- if you're careful about it.

Threading and the UI

ON VB: Four ways to synchronize threads with your app's user interface.

5 Tips for Developing with 64-Bit Windows

64-bit-capable machines are everywhere. It's time you start thinking about 64-bit support as you develop your Visual Basic applications.

XML Literals, WCF and LINQ

Learn how to create powerful templates that can be called from both client- and server-side code.

Use Iterators in VB Now

Iterators are a crucial part of modern programming, not least because they provide the basis for collection traversal using For Each loops. Language Integrated Query (LINQ) adds to the importance of iterators, as iterators are the source of IEnumerable(Of T) that forms the backbone of LINQ. Learn how to take advantage of them in your code with several different techniques for creating your own iterators in VB.

Add Distinction to Your Code

Learn how LINQ, extension methods, and lambda functions can help you add a bit of distinction, simplicity, and robustness to your code.

Inside Arrays

Drill down on how arrays work and learn some cool tips and tricks for taking advantage of them in .NET.

Resize Textboxes Easily

Use .NET's inheritance or extensibility to improve VB's textbox layout.

Access Non-.NET APIs with PInvoke

Use PInvoke to take advantage of Windows APIs that aren't part of the .NET Framework.

Maximize Comparison Accuracy

Learn how to minimize inherent inaccuracies with Singles and Doubles when performing comparisons; learn how to use extensions, a .NET 3.5 feature, when targeting .NET 2.0 apps; and learn why you should avoid using Names that are used in a type you are extending.

A Guide To VB 2008

VB 2008 includes some terrific new XML functionality that will make you both more effective and more productive when working with XML in your applications.

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