For those of you who might be curious about how the XML integration features in VB9 work, there’s now a great screencast up on Channel 9 that walks you through them while building a sample application:
The next version of VB .Net adds Xml as a built in data type using the new LINQ to XML API. As a built in data type, VB 9.0 provides the ability to create XML using XML Literals and to query XML documents using XML properties. This webcast contains a demo by David Schach, the lead developer in this project, of creating a program to share pictures over the internet.
I have a suggestion to VB9. Could you make VB program runnable without compiling? I mean run a VB source just like a script language. Think that VB have the ability to deal with XML natively, how cool? I can’t wait to use it as my daily task script. But It needs build, that’s not convenient enough :).
I don’t mean to make VB9 a script language. There are a lot of "C# code runner" implementations. Just put this functionality into vbc.exe natively. That will be OK.
Paul: Have you guys thought about possibly making URLs first class data types in Visual Basic?
I secon Fan Shi’s request! But then you already knew that… 😉
No offense is intended, but I have to say that was the most boring tech video I have seen in a long time. Perhaps you should pick someone else to do the presentation.
That’s cool. Cool XML integration. And cool to watch real MS programmers working.