Make Visual Basic samples for Silverlight toolkit


Please create a Visual Basic version of the toolkit samples
Closed Mar 20, 2009 at 6:10 AM by shawnoster


kjopc wrote Dec 23, 2008 at 2:17 AM

I get the impression that Microsoft people have lost interest in VB even though millions of developers haven't.

asmichas wrote Dec 23, 2008 at 9:02 AM

I agree. MS seem to have forgotten that there are millions of VB developers out there.

ad_green wrote Dec 23, 2008 at 12:15 PM

I actually begin to worry more that it's the VB community that's lost interest in new technologies. A lot of the "documentation" out on the internet is community-driven, written for programmers by programmers and a great deal of it is in C#. Is it possible that VB devs aren't pushing the envelope anymore?

MarcoRagogna wrote Dec 23, 2008 at 12:17 PM

Before releasing the framework 3.5 it was easier convert a C# code into a VB.NET code.
Now with anonymous delegates and some lambda expression this job is more difficult. I hope that MS will realign the 2 languages with Framework 4.0.
Otherwise when you build samples, please create with both languages.

ryeagleyjr wrote Dec 23, 2008 at 1:25 PM

As most people know, BASIC and Visual Basic were dear to Bill Gates heart (with good reason). Now that he has left the day-to-day decision making, I think some voices that were quiet when he was there have gotten much louder.
As far as the examples for C#, we need to remember that our Microsoft colleagues usually work in C++ or C#; and, they too work with the Framework, which makes them much more productive, thus supplying many of the code-site examples in a C dialect.
Who is the most professional pro? We are! (With 'We' meaning developers in Visual Basic, C++, C# and the ton of new scripting languages).
And, for VB developers, don't forget a statement made by Mr. Gates. Give me Basic and I'll solve the same problem as a room full of (language deleted!) programmers. And, instead of a week, I'll write it in a weekend!
Viva Bill! You are missed.

chila wrote Dec 23, 2008 at 5:17 PM

Please don't forgot VB developers.

CharlesCooper wrote Dec 23, 2008 at 6:33 PM

Please give us more samples! Like Marco said, it's getting to be a pain to do the translation on the fly because of the differences between the two.
I think the VB people are working while the C# people are writing this "documentation" ad is talking about. If you look at this documentation you will see two groups of people who are doing most of the "publishing". It's coming from newbies who probably aren't professionals (judging by their examples) and people who don't code for a living any more except in theory. Among the working stiffs VB is still very popular but we are too busy working to blog about it.

kathweaver wrote Dec 24, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Yes, please make more samples. Some of teach high school CS with VB.

Speednet wrote Dec 24, 2008 at 3:47 PM

It is pitiful that we have to keep begging Microsoft to provide VB samples and code snippets. There seems to be a certain group of "elite" bloggers in and around Microsoft that is pushing them toward a C#-only focus. This "us vs. them" crap is getting worse, not better. Methinks these "elites" are not so refined in their thinking to use such a close-minded approach to development.

webooth wrote Dec 25, 2008 at 12:02 AM

Please provide samples in VB. It should have been done in the first place. I really get tired of not only trying to understand/learn a new techonology but translating it from another language.

traenky wrote Dec 27, 2008 at 12:52 PM

Let me sweeten this deal: one pound of free coffee sent to the person who approves a few, a trifling few code samples, written in VB .Net. Now we're talking teamwork! (Would be happy to help convert one or two as a check of my understanding of C# viz. VB.)


chrisgwilliams wrote Dec 27, 2008 at 1:10 PM

Samples in VB would be terrific, thanks!

steeleprice wrote Dec 27, 2008 at 9:29 PM

I'm working diligently to get this converted, there are many differences that need to be accounted for, it's not simply a port to VB, there are items that converterss absolutely will not do properly and requires hand tweaking.

Socrates470BC wrote Dec 28, 2008 at 10:56 PM

It is not just the lack of code samples, but most new books are all heavily geared towards c# developers. See article by theludditedeveloper here:

KumarReddi wrote Jan 20, 2009 at 10:53 PM

I vote for making visual basic sample for Silverlight toolkit as quickly as possible

jwilcox wrote Feb 12, 2009 at 8:46 PM

Thanks for your feedback. I am pleased to let you all know that the next release of the Silverlight Toolkit will include the complete samples in Visual Basic as well.

shawnoster wrote Mar 4, 2009 at 10:26 PM

We've listened to your feedback and will be providing VB.NET samples in the March 2009 release. Thanks for all your votes.

xXxOlivierxXx wrote Nov 26, 2012 at 7:46 AM

Its incredible that there's NO documentation at all regarding how to use a lot of Silverlight features with VB.net
Use code converters? Bitch please, that's not even an option