Tuesday, April 04, 2006 1:57 AM bart

Visual Basic 2005 On Tour

Yesterday, I've been to the Visual Basic 2005 On Tour event in Brussels. About 200 attendees were there to learn about the latest version of Visual Basic and how to port their existing applications from the old Visual Basic 6 ages to the new platform. Although there was not so much new stuff in for me, I had some pretty interesting discussions about Visual Basic versus C# and did a podcast with the Visual Basic 2005 product team members together with David Boschmans. I'll post the link to this podcast later on over here on my blog. Stay tuned!

Now on to the interesting discussion in the speaker room about language features in various .NET languages. For example, C# introduced operator overloading from day one whileas Visual Basic .NET lagged behind on that field. The same holds for the using construct to work with IDisposable objects. Today, VB2005 fixes those shortcomings and that's just great. Actually, there are also places where C# is missing features which are available in Visual Basic. One notable example of this observation is the lack of support for exception filters in C#. And that's (together with a lot of other exception management stuff) the subject of my next (large-n-geeky) blog post over here.Del.icio.us | Digg It | Technorati | Blinklist | Furl | reddit | DotNetKicks

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