Windows Phone 7 Sees Visual Basic

There should be an image here!Speaking as a non-developer, I never really understood the advantages of one programming choice over another. But when Apple put the smack down on what could be used and what could not, then as today Microsoft stunned everyone. According to this piece, developers will be able to use Visual Basic for Windows Phone 7 development.

So what does this demonstrate? I think it shows that Microsoft is going to be more open as to what people use to create apps than Apple. I could be wrong, but it doesn’t appear that I am. And if Microsoft were smart, it’d embrace as many choices as possible to ensure the best start to its new Mobile OS.

Critics of VB have, in the past, called it a newbie method of programming. One that needs to be avoided, etc. While I have also heard that it is easy to use, I would not go so far as to say it was programming for newbies. That might be a little harsh.

What say you? How do you see this happening? Do you think that Microsoft will be more open on how apps are developed than Apple has been? Hit the comments; share your thoughts on this matter.

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Microsoft Express Editions

Lightweight, easy-to-use, and easy-to-learn tools for the hobbyist, novice, and student developer.

The Express Editions are lightweight, easy to use, and easy to learn developer tools for hobbyists, enthusiasts, and students. Professional developers may want to evaluate the Visual Studio 2005 languages, including Visual Basic and Visual C#, using the Express Editions. Most professional features of the Integrated Development Environment are not present in the Express Editions, however.

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Data Sink – Drowning In The Database

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A Data Sink is an object (data) that can be bound to external data (such as a database) that is made available by a data source (database).

Visual Basic’s controls can act as Data Sinks, including Check Box, Picture Box, List Box, Masked Edit, and Label. A Data Sink can be contained in a single field such as name. Others, such as a DataList and DataGrid controls, can be bound to an entire record and display data from multiple fields at once. A data source/sink can be an ActiveX control or an ActiveX DLL or EXE, depending on whether a visual interface is required. COMponent (data) may be encapsulated into IP or other proprietary protocols such as HDLC [High-Level Data Link Control] (Cisco’s default data protocol) and sent via private lines or WAN [Wide Area Networks] for data processing. The data is de-encapsulated from network protocols and processed by the computer. Broker COMponent continuously tracks the load in pool of servers as well as detects added/deleted servers. The procedure is:
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