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    Tech Ed Schedule

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    If you are going to be at Tech Ed and want to stop by and say hello, talk about writing for MSDN, or chat about something on mind track me down. I will be in the Dev Cabana most of the day on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday morning. I will be at either...
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    Wanted: A Few Good Men (or Women)

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    Bored, restless with your current job, or just looking for an excuse to live in the Pacific Northwest? If so check out Matt Powell’s blog looking for a few good content strategists.
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    Going to Tech Ed, Want to Meet the VB Team?

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    The VB Team will be at Tech Ed in Orlando in a few weeks. If you are going to be there then check this out to meet with the team.
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    5 User License of Team Foundation Server Included

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    For those of you working in smaller shops (under 5 developers) check out Rick LaPlante's blog entry about including a 5 seat license for Team Foundation Server with each of the Team Editions of Visual Studio 2005. This makes the great advantages of...
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    Should you really care about My?

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    I have to admit that My was not in the top three features of Visual Basic 2005/Visual Studio 2005 that got me excited when I first started looking at the list. In fact, dare I say, I might even ranked it toward the bottom. Let me explain, I have been...
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    Grass Cutting and Defensive Coding

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    What does cutting your grass and defensive coding have to do with each other? Give me a second to tell a real life story. A week and a half ago my wife and I closed on our new house here in the Seattle area. The house had a wonderfully landscaped ...
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    Interview with BillG and the Future of the Platform

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    Ok, so I am a bit slow on this one, but if you have not already watched the special 50th episode of the .NET show check it out here . In this special 50th episode of the .NET Show, Rick Rashid, Brad Abrams, John Shewchuk, and Michael Wallent discuss...
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    SQL 2000 Service Pack 4 Released

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    Since lots of VB application access SQL Server for their data store I thought it was worth wild to point out the SP4 was release for SQL Server today. You can download it here . Some highlevel information about the changes: SQL Server 2000 SP4:...
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    VB and C#, Can't we all play in the sandbox nicely?

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    One of the things I love about Visual Basic is that the syntax is similar to natural language. This basic design make the code so much easier to read and elegant to me. These are often words used to describe C or C#, but beauty is in the eye of the...
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    Warnings? We Don't Need No Stinking Warnings

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    I have been playing with the latest builds of Visual Studio 2005 over the past few weeks but it has been mostly playing with new development of samples and demos. Today I spent some time upgrading some code I had written in Visual Basic 2003 before I...
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    VB IDE Team Blog

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    The Visual Basic IDE team now has a blog here . These are the guys (and girls) that are responsible for the VB portion of Visual Studio. They have already started to post some great content in just a few days.
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    VB Refactoring – Just Good Math

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    I am proud to announce that Visual Basic 2005 will feature full refactoring support via a free plug-in from Developer Express. You can download the latest built to work with Visual Studio 2005 BETA 2 here . The first thought that comes to lots of developers...
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    Visual Studio 2005 BETA 2 Go Live License

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    It seems that some folks have not scrolled down far enough on the Visual Studio 2005 BETA 2 downloads page to see the links about the Go Live License . It is worth pointing out also that it includes the Visual Studio 2005 BETA 2 family of product ...
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    Label With a 3D Line Control

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    In case anyone was wondering, now that Duncan MacKenzie is no longer the Content Strategist here on Visual Basic he is still alive and blogging with some good information. Check out his quick Label with a 3D line control . Don't worry, like all of...
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    Visual Basic Upgrade Tour Material

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    If you are looking at VB 6.0 to VB.NET migration Microsoft Israel has some really good material here from a tour done by Jackie Goldstein .
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    Default Instances - Coming to VB Near You

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    Paul Vick talks about the return of default instances in Visual Basic 2005 from it's VB 6 past and replies to some of the criticisms of this feature.
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    New MSDN (and VB) Forums

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    MSDN Forums Beta just shipped! Check out http://forums.microsoft.com/msdn/ to see the new community-based online customer support for Visual Studio 2005, .NET Framework, Team System, and more—with later expansion planned to cover the entire Microsoft...
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    Checkers anyone?

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    Looking to kill a bit of time with some fun and a chance at world fame? Ok, limited world fame. Check out Cory Smith's Checkers Solitare . Met Cory's challenge and see your name in lights.
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    City Wide Wi-Fi Coverage

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    Before moving to Washington last week I lived in New Jersey just over the river from Philadelphia so I have been hearing about this saga for awhile, but yesterday the city formally announced it would be building its own broadband wireless network across...
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    Using the Serial and USB ports with VB.NET

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    I was playing around with my USB GPS receiver the other day and started to wonder how hard it would be to integrate it into my applications (more on this in the future). The first challenge I had was to be able to talk with it via the USB port and gather...
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    The Connected Car

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    I was reading this morning about Windows Automotive . The car has become a very "smart" place. People have DVDs and other entertainment systems installed, cars track your location and give directions with GPS, cell phones interface via Blue Tooth now...
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    VBRun - The VB 6.0 Resource Center

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    It has been a busy week and a half. In the last week I completed moving my family from the East Coast to the West Coast and at the same time worked with many others here at Microsoft to finish off the VBRun site. This has been a project that has been...
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    Registration-Free COM - Good Bye RegSvr32

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    For those of that have not already seen Dave Templin's new article in MSDN Mag. I encourage you to check it out. I liked it so much I made it a headline this week on the VB DevCenter and have it on the MSDN home page next week. For those of that still...
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    Pricing and Licensing for Visual Studio 2005 and MSDN Subscriptions

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    Pricing and upgrade information was announced today for Visual Studio 2005 and MSDN Subscriptions. Find out more information about the expansion of the product line ( Team System ) and what it means to existing and new MSDN subscribers here .
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    VB Coding Code Guildlines

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    Some recently pointed out to me Cory Smith's Coding Guildlines for VB.NET and wondered why they weren't on the VB DevCenter. Let me give you the easy answer. Right now I am in the middle of this fun process called moving a wife, 3 kids (ages 5, 4, and...
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