I agree that the lack of updates on the VB blog are disheartening; however, I also see that it is kind of a double-edged sword. Any comments regarding what is going on in the world of VB are met with a lot of hate and discontent; so, I somewhat understand why people are a bit reserved in offering up content. With that said, that kind of fuels the fire; basically, it's kind of a no-win situation. I know that sounds like I'm saying there isn't any hope; please don't take it that way. What I'm saying this that we need to rethink and come up with a new set of strategies. One of those is what we are using right now. We need to find a way to bring together those that are in favor of championing the merits of VB, those willing to speak publicly that they are all about VB and those willing to help in whatever capacity to ensure that things continue to march forward. In other words, those that aren't ashamed to be VB. We also need to come together as a community to find ways that we can enhance / augment what we do have instead of constantly beating the me too drum with regards about some other language(s). The blog you mention; unfortunately, is a target for much of this self-loathing... I've seen, repeatedly, the comments centered around either questioning the underlying meaning (which must be nefarious) or in the category of “this is great, but” where it becomes about something that isn’t related / doesn’t exist. With all of that out of the way, one thing we can definitely do here is come up with ideas that could potentially be on the blog, possibly write some of this content and submit it to be published. We just have to be prepared for the comments where we develop a bit of a thick-skin allowing us to let the negative wash on by.
One (recent) area that I’d like to see right away on the blog is the inclusion of IntelliCode in VB (currently in the preview), how it works and how it helps us (from a VB dev point of view). I literally was working on a live-coding session in the preview and stumbled across it – didn’t even know anything about it until then. And, yes, I typically review the release notes… and, thinking that I missed something, I went to https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/visualstudio/releases/2019/release-notes-preview and there is no results for searching for “VB” or “basic”. This suggests that there are things happening, they just aren’t being discussed (see my previous comments). Maybe the blog isn’t the right place; however, I’d love to find a way that we could get some sort of stream of consciousness updates regarding were something being done benefits VB (even if it is in 160 characters or less – I’m not asking for much… a spark of a hint so we can investigate further).
Microsoft.VisualBasicnamespace. More info here. Is anyone else experiencing this?