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    VB 6.0 Support

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    There has been much discussion about the pending end of Mainstream support for Visual Basic 6.0. About 2 1/2 years ago Microsoft announced the support details for VB 6.0. On March 31st of this year Mainstream support ends. There seems to be a bit of confusion...
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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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    Kid Programming Language (KPL)

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    There is a new article out about KPL , or the Kid Programming Language . This is a really neat idea that is being supported by Microsoft and was recently featured on the Coding4Fun site on MSDN. I have played with this some and the syntax is very...
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    VB 6.0 Support Clarification

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    Two points from my previous blog that I was not totally clear on in my previous post so I wanted to highlight them. First, during the Extended support period (April 1st on) if you have an MSDN subscriber or have a Premier or Alliance support contract...
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    Shut Down, Restart, and Log Off From Code

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    I was recently asked how do you shut the system down from VB.NET, the answer is to a make a few calls to the Win32 API to do this. First you need to set up a few constants that we will need when we call the Win32 API. ' Constants Const SE_PRIVILEGE_ENABLED...
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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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    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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    The "Natural Fit"

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    It has been a busy few days in the world of the rant (see Mr. Grimes' Farewell ) and reply (see Grumpy Grimes and Scott Swigart Responds to Richard Grimes ). Now this is a topic that I have a bit of passion for. I am not going to restate the very good...
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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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    Windows Sharepoint Services Web Service Example

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    I was recently building a system for a client that needed to store lots of documents. Normally I would have handled this by either storing the data in a BLOB field in the database or as a file on the disk. The difference this time is the that the customer...
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    C# Gets “My”, Well Sort Of

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    If you have read my previous blog about the My namespace in Visual Basic you understand how much I like this. Well it seems so do C# developers. Juval Lowy has been busy creating a “That” class in C# that wraps up and exposes the My functionality (with...
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    Updated Free eBook - Introducing Microsoft Visual Basic 2005 for Developers

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    Early in the BETA period for Visual Studio 2005 we released a free online version of the MS Press book Introducing Microsoft Visual Basic 2005 for Developers . This book received great comments, but was written against BETA 1. We have had the authors...
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    Merge Multiple .NET Assemblies Into One

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    Here is a great "power toy" for .NET developers, ILMerge . ILMerge will allow you to combine multiple .NET assemblies into one. This allows lots of different possibilities, the most common of which is if you have a project where some of the code was...
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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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    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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    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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    Locking the Computer from Code

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    My previous entry was about shutting down and restarting Windows from code. That leads to the next question which is "How do I lock the work station from code." This is simpler process. The only thing we need to do is declare the call to the Win32 API...
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    XBox 2.0

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    So Microsoft started talking about XBox 2.0 yesterday and has provided some details. From the press release : The next-generation XBox hardware design principles include the following: A well-balanced system that will deliver more than a teraflop of targeted...
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    Free Training CD from AppDev

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    Even more great offers. Microsoft and AppDev , a leading developer training company, have partnered to give away a free ASP.NET 2.0 using Visual Basic 2005 Beta 2 Training CD or ASP.NET 2.0 using C# 2005 Beta 2 CD . From the AppDev web site: “See why...
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    Will work for food....

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    Do you like to have an impact on the lives of professional developers? If so check out Jay Roxe's entry about various open positions he has.
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    Free eLearning and Book Chapters

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    When your whole life is all about Visual Studio, sometimes it's easy to get a little too heads-down and forget that there are some integrated technologies that you're going to need to know and use. So today, take a few minutes to learn about Indigo and...
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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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    Windows Media Player 10 SDK

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    I was playing around the other day and I wanted to be able to put the ability to play some video into an application I was building. I thought to myself how nice it would be if I could just put Media Player into my application. Of course I would want...
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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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    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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