Category Archives: Obsolete Posts

These are posts with news or articles that are obsolete. For instance free promotions and specials. As well as new releases of products and versions. There may still be something helpful in these articles if you want to look over them.

Expired- Some Free Training and Tutorials from AppDev

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I’ve posted on this site before some free tutorials/training courses from AppDev and now they are offering three more for free. I’m fairly sure that these have not been posted here before. The three free tutorials they are offering right now is Not directly related to VB.NET. They are more in-line with ASP.NET and Visual Studio, Sharepoint, ect… Either way it may be worth it for you to check them out. All you really have to do is login/signup for your account and download.



Free ASP.NET and AJax Training –

Basic Overview…

Start learning Microsoft® ASP.NET or AJAX with award-winning training from AppDev! Your free training is taken directly from our actual courses, and features step-by-step presentations and code walkthroughs by our Microsoft MVP and expert instructors. Most courses also include extras like:
aHands-on lab exercisesaSample CodeaPrintable coursewareaPre/post exams




Free Visual Studio 2008 Training –

Basic Overview…

Start learning Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2008 with award-winning training from AppDev! Your free training is taken directly from our actual courses, and features step-by-step presentations and code walkthroughs by our Microsoft MVP and expert instructors. Most courses also include extras like:
aHands-on lab exercisesaSample CodeaPrintable coursewareaPre/post exams




Free Sharepoint Training –

Basic Overview…

Start learning Microsoft® SharePoint® 2007 with award-winning training from AppDev! Your free training is taken directly from our actual courses, and features step-by-step presentations and code walkthroughs by our Microsoft MVP and expert instructors. Most courses also include extras like:
aHands-on lab exercisesaSample CodeaPrintable coursewareaPre/post exams




Thats about it for now. I have NOT seen any of these tutorials so I don’t know how good/bad the content is. If you watch them feel free to leave a comment with your opinion about the courses. Take Care…


Check out the new VB.NET and .NET Framework version 4.0!

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Microsoft has had available for alittle while now a beta of their Visual Studio suite which I think is being called: Visual Studio 2010. Below is a simple overview of DotNET 4.0 Beta…

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The Microsoft .NET Framework 4 provides the following new features and improvements:

  • The .NET Framework 4 works side by side with the Framework version 3.5 SP1. Applications that are based on earlier versions of the Framework will continue to run on that version. Just a subset of functionality is shared by all versions of the Framework.
  • Innovations in the Visual Basic and C# languages, for example statement lambdas, implicit line continuations, dynamic dispatch, and named/optional parameters.
  • The ADO.NET Entity Framework, which simplifies how developers program against relational databases by raising the level of abstraction, has many new features. These includes persistence ignorance and POCO support, lazy loading, test-driven development support, functions in model, and new LINQ operators.
  • Enhancements to ASP.NET:
    • New JavaScript UI Templates and databinding capabilities for AJAX.
    • New ASP.NET chart control.
  • Improvements in WPF:
    • Added support in Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) for Windows 7 multi-touch, ribbon controls, and taskbar extensibility features.
    • Added support in WPF for Surface 2.0 SDK.
    • New line-of-business controls including charting control, smart edit, data grid, and others that improve the experience for developers who build data centric applications.
    • Improvements in performance and scalability.
    • Visual improvements in text clarity, layout pixel snapping, localization, and interoperability.
  • Improvements to Windows Workflow (WF) that let developers to better host and interact with workflows. These include an improved activity programming model, an improved designer experience, a new flowchart modeling style, an expanded activity palette, workflow-rules integration, and new message correlation features. The .NET Framework also offers significant performance gains for WF-based workflows.
  • Improvements to Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) such as support for WCF Workflow Services enabling workflow programs with messaging activities, correlation support, durable two-way communication and rich hosting capabilities. Additionally, .NET Framework 4 provides new WCF features such as service discovery, router service, simplified configuration and a number of improvements to queuing, REST support, diagnostics, and performance.
  • Innovative new parallel programming features such as parallel loop support, Task Parallel Library (TPL), Parallel LINQ (PLINQ), and coordination data structures which let developers harness the power of multi-core processors.

Click Here for the Framework 4.0 Beta1 ONLY Download Page… – Check further down if you want both the Framework and Visual Studio.NET 2010 Beta1.

 Note: It should be noted that the 4.0 download size can be anywhere from 76.7MB to 380.5MB, depending on what’s the computers already has installed. .NET 4.0 will be similar to 3.5 in that it will contain full 2.0 and 3.0, and 3.5 support via a single download.

 Visual Studio .NET 2010 Beta1

  If your more interested in Visual Studio then check out Microsoft’s overview and click on the download links below..

Brief Description

Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4 are the next generation of Microsoft development tools. They work together to accelerate the process of turning vision into reality for the developer. Visual Studio 2010 Professional has been engineered to support the development of applications for Windows, the Web, and Office.


Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4 mark the next generation of developer tools from Microsoft. Designed to satisfy the latest requirements of developers, Visual Studio delivers key innovations in the following areas:

Enabling emerging trends

Every year the industry develops new technologies and new trends. With Visual Studio 2010, Microsoft delivers tooling and framework support for the latest innovations in application architecture, development, and deployment.

Inspiring developer delight

Ever since the first release of Visual Studio, Microsoft has set the bar for developer productivity and flexibility. Visual Studio 2010 continues the tradition by significantly improving the experience for all software development roles.

Riding the next generation platform wave

Microsoft continues to invest in the market-leading operating system, productivity applications, and server platforms to deliver increasing customer value. With Visual Studio 2010, customers will have the tooling support that is required to create amazing solutions around these technologies.

For more information about Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4, visit the Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Web site.

Note: Microsoft has setup a couple different ways to download. The first is download via a ‘Web Install’ and the other is a ISO feature via a 2 Part download.

Click Here to goto the Download Page for Web Install…

Click Here to goto the Download Page for the ISO based downloads…

Remember that all of these downloads are considered Beta1 and therefore you should not make use in production based programming. Youcan, and probably will run into some problems, quirks, and even outright errors. If so, it would be helpful to send the info to Microsoft.

Have Fun!


Revised: 2015

New Website Content – Added/Available (Updated!)

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You may have or may not have noticed a few page links at the top of each page. These pages were to provide more static based information. These pages will continue to change and grow as more information or new information is found.

  Quick Update: I wanted to mention as well that a few weeks ago Microsoft released the Visual Basic 9.0 Language Specification 9.0 document. If you’ve wanted to know the Visual Basic language inside and out, then download and check out this huge document. You may be surprised at some coding techniques you could be using… Click here to goto the msdn download page… I may add this resource to a static page in the future.

FREE IDE Downloads – This page contains a small list of some available IDEs related to Visual Basic and/or Visual Basic.NET based programming. The programs listed should all be completely free of charge.

Service Pack Downloads – This page contains a list of all of the current service pack downloads related to Visual Basic and Visual Basic.NET. Only the latest versions will be listed here.

Utility Downloads – This is the newest page I added and contains a list of programs/utilities that I use on a somewhat regular basis. The page contains both programming and non-programming related programs that are Free of charge.

VB For Beginners – This page was mainly added for those who are basically very new to Visual Basic and Visual Basic.NET based programming. The page main contain both website listed tutorials or downloadable based tutorials like E-Books.

Hopefully you will like the new content being made available to the site. As time goes on the pages should be updated with new content. I will try to remember to list new content related to each of the pages when I find something new or something I forgot about.

Anyways, Have Fun!


Register your copy of Visual Basic 2005!

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For awhile now Microsoft has been giving away some enticing free stuff for developers that register their 2005 Visual Basic whether it is the Express versions, Standard version and what-not. I remember back in 05 when MS started this and well, they have MUCH more stuff to give you if you register your VB. Below are just ‘some’ of the stuff you get…

OpenAccess Express

Vanatec OpenAccess Express provides free and fully functional object-relational mapping for Microsoft SQL Server Express. Reduce data access programming by 90& and increase productivity significantly with Vanatec OpenAccess, which works fully integrated into Visual Studion and provides feature-rich object-relational mapping to bridge the gap between object-oriented programming and relational databases.

Process MeNtOR Express

Process MeNtOR Express is a browser-based, step-by-step guide to help you develop great software!  Access a proven and tested software development roadmap and techniques, from a set of customerized Process MeNtOR menus with Visual Studio, including advice on how to gather requirements, design, develop, test and deploy your system.

IBiz OFX Integrator

Download a single machine license of IBiz OFX Integrator .NET Edition. These fully-managed .NET components  access live financial account data from banks, credit card accounts, and investment companies.

SpreadsheetGear for .NET 2006

SpreadsheetGear for .NET 2006 Version includes:
* ASP.NET Excel Reporting – Royalty Free Deployment

* Excel Compatible Windows Forms Control

* Excel Compatible Calculations in any .NET Solution

rad ribbonbar

telerik radRibbonbar provides an easy-to-design implementation of the Microsoft Office 2007 ribbon user interface. With a radRibbonbar, you can organize all of the functionality of your application into a single compact ribbon containing an almost unlimited number of nested controls.

SkinCrafter Light

SkinCrafter Light provides you an easy (no coding required) way of adding skins to your Windows Forms.  With a simple adding of a control to your form and selecting the skin, you can enjoy a new and unique look with to your application.

That is ONLY a few of the free resources Microsoft will give you. There are Corbis Images and IconBuffet Icons you can use in your applications as well. PLus there are MANY resources to get discounts on many products. So, if your interested in some of this ‘stuff’ then I suggest you go to the ‘Help’ menu in your 2005 IDE and then Select – Register Product… to get started.

More info can be had at this link. Don’t forget to Register 🙂

Two New Features in Visual Basic 2008 and Express

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Visual Basic 2008 does have quite a few features over 05. A lot of these features are added to the 3.0-3.5 version of the Dot Net Framework. VB 08 includes design support for WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation, WWF (Windows Workflow Foundation; It used to be called WinFX), ), WCF(Windows Communication Foundation), etc. You can click here to get a overview of WWF. IF you want to get started with WPF, you can click here. IF interested in WCF, then check it out here.

Another big feature for VB 08 is LINQ(Language Integrated Query). LINQ adds query capabilities for collections, SQL databases, ADO.NET Datasets, and XML documents. IF you do want to get started with LINQ, you can go to this MSDN Link and get going.

But I was more interested in taking a look at the somewhat ‘lesser’ hyped features for VB 9.0. I will try to put down some of the stuff I read at msdn. Its quite possible I may not add anything more useful than you already know 🙂 And I hope I do not explain something with the wrong answer 🙂 Feel free to leave a comment to let me know…

Local Type Inference

This little feature now makes it possible that you do not have to specify the actual type for local variables. It will set the type on its own depending on what value it ends up containing…

'This is the normal, traditional way of declaring variables...

Dim testWithType As Integer = 100


Dim testWithType As Integer

testWithType = 100

Now setup a new variable with Local Type Inference…

Dim testNoType

testNoType = 100


Dim testNoType = 100

'You can check which type was assigned to the variable with the code below if you want...


Based on the value of 100 that was set to it, it ends up being a Integer and the Msgbox message should display the type as ‘Integer’. P

Pretty nifty feature? The less code you have to write the better?

Object Initializers

Object initializers enable you to initialize a complex object and specify its properties by using one expression. In other words, when you declare a new object, you can use the With statement after the object you are wanting and add brackets after the With statement {  }. Inside the brackets you can automatically set properties related to that object.

Say you wanted to create a new Form, and want the .Backcolor a certain color and the MaximizeBox property set to False. You can automatically set these properties inside the Initializer Brackets. A example code for performing this is below…

See the Object Initializers in use…

Dim frm As New Form With {
    .BackColor = Color.Aqua,
    .MaximizeBox = False,
    .ForeColor = Color.Blue,
    .Owner = Me}

Pretty spiffy huh?

Well, those are two features I will use and wanted to outline them here. I may add another article with some of the other new features like Anonymous Types, Extension Methods, ect… But I do not feel like it now. Anyways, hope this small article was worth the read…


MSDN Library for Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2

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MSDN Library provides access to essential programming information, including technical reference documentations, white papers, software development kits and code samples necessary to develop web services and applications. This is an updated version of the MSDN Library for Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2.

Click here to go to the Microsoft page