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Duncan Mackenzie has too much time on his hands

March, 2003

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    IsNumeric, Microsoft.VisualBasic.dll, etc.

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    Sean and Scott's earlier posting on IsNumeric has resulted in a few comments... and I just need to chime in here, use Microsoft.VisualBasic! It is all IL in the end, right? This topic comes up over and over again on GotDotNet , and I just want it...
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    HREF EXEs are cool.

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    I have been, since I started using .NET, a big supporter of the 'Smart Client' or 'Rich Client' application . I've talked about it to people, I've dug deep into the underlying technology, I've built samples... big fan of the whole idea . On...
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    Macros in VS.NET

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    I have to admit I haven't taken advantage of enough of VS.NET's capabilities... the ability to write macros alone should have resulted in a ton of useful little routines, but I have only written a few. One of the ones I use most often converts between a list of my internal member variables in a class... (view full post for more...)...
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    Not quite ready for prime-time

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    I have a lot of code hanging around, and the techniques in that code would likely help people who are getting started with .NET, but I haven't had to time to "polish" it up for public release... I'm starting to wonder, with the rapid pace of technology...
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    Counting lines of code.... why?

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    From time to time, when I've shown someone a system I built, I've been asked "How many lines of code is that?"... and my answer has always been the same... "I have no idea". I've never even tried to count the lines of code in a project, and I have...
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    My column went up early...

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    It wasn't really supposed to be up until Friday, and I doubt you'll find any links to it anywhere on MSDN until next week, but you lucky readers of my blog can check out the next installment of Coding4Fun on MSDN now... Checking My E-Mail Duncan...
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    First hint of what I've been working on for the last few months...

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    We've posted a little "first look" at the new Developer Centers at http://msdn.microsoft.com/vbasic/firstlook/ . These sites, well the vbasic one in particular are my world and we've been working hard at them for quite awhile. As the article at the...
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    This isn't exactly useful, but I find it cool

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    I've been working on code to pull the currently playing item out of Windows Media Player and in my quest I ran into this , a plug-in that pulls that value out and writes it to a ftp site of your choosing for display on the web ( here is mine )... so...
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    Sites in a box

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    I just read up a bit on the InstantKB.NET product (after our own issues with over-using .NET, why does everyone else keep sticking it on their product names?) and it looks pretty cool. Between that, and the many other tools like it, including the ...
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    Why C# indeed

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    Early and Adopter seem to have just noticed my blog; Duncan Mackenzie Blogson Duncan Mackenzie's blogging, and no one told me! (And why on earth does he have C# code on his blog???) [ Sean 'Early' Campbell & Scott 'Adopter...
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    Visual Basic .NET 2003 Language Changes

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    Although I'll be the first to suggest it should have been up earlier, I wrote a short article about the new VB.NET 2003 language features... and it is up on MSDN now .
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    Code Samples and VS.NET

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    Jimski blogged about the IDE the other day... since I am a writer for MSDN and other places, this a topic that I've thought about quite a bit... sadly, the only real solution seems to be posting code that works with both situations (VS.NET and non...
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    Coding and Going to the Grocery Store

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    Greg Robinson's comments today were quite timely, I had been thinking much the same thing myself... Often, and I find it happens more and more these days, I will go to find something on the Internet, or buy something at the grocery store, and I end...
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    And speaking of Mike Harsh...

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    It seems he managed to get his cool shaped control library finished and uploaded ! Very cool stuff, especially if shaped apps like Windows Media Player, WinAmp, etc. have always appealed to you!
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    I have to get one of these, and code against it!

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    Ambient Devices I can't even describe this, you have to check it out on your own. I'm making up a list of possible geeky applications in my head right now!
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    Indicating Infinite Progress, or lack thereof

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    clovett posted this sample of a progress bar that does not progress to GDN at some point in the past and I had occasion to use it today. Using irrational coder logic, I decided that converting it to VB, so I could place it directly in my application, was faster than modifying his sample into a component... Anyway, explanations aside; here is the code in VB (in full post)......
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    Another little code snippet

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    Whenever I have to code a "real" project, I end up building a bunch of components to deal with anything that seems likely to reoccur . Sometimes the class or Windows Forms control I've created never gets used again, but often I end up using them in...
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    First day and he has figured it out already....

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    Kent's first day with my group (to avoid confusion: "my group" means the group I belong to, I don't manage anyone...) and he has already realized the truth about us. "Day 1 - spent most of it in the cafeteria, as it was a move day. Two meetings...
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    One Step Closer to Releasing MusicXP Source

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    I have a home music system, that I have dubbed MusicXP (mostly because that is the name of the machine it is on, the actual app that runs is called "Shell.exe")... and I've been meaning to upload the full source for some time. I've covered bits and...
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    Joel's here!

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    Joel has arrived on the blogging scene, but he doesn't seem too sure he wants to be here :-)
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    Yet Another New Blogger!

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    Wow, dotnetweblogs is certainly the place to be... now Mike Harsh is here too! Blogs are certainly proving to be an up-to-date source of info; I didn't even know he had moved offices until I read it in his blog... and I work with the guy!
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    Another MSDN TV episode!

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    Boy these are going up fast... A new episode featuring Omar Khan from the Visual Studio .NET team has been posted. This is the second part to the episode posted on Tuesday. http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdntv/episode.aspx?xml=episodes/en/20030306VSNETOK...
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    GotDotNet User Samples area gets a facelift

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    The GDN User Samples area has been radically updated into what I find to be a much more useful interface.... check it out!
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