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Duncan Mackenzie has too much time on his hands

February, 2004

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    Just playing with Generics in Visual Basic Whidbey

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    My simple class: Public Class Customer Dim m_CustomerName As String Dim m_CustomerID As Integer Public Property CustomerName() As String Get Return m_CustomerName End Get Set ( ByVal Value As String ) m_CustomerName = Value End...
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    Broderbund Software... and C#

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    This is so cool, even if you might take it as mostly marketing (sorry in advance)... Having spent many years using a Commodore 64, and owning "Print Shop", "Loderunner"... geez, I even remember "Reader Rabbit", but I think that was for my Mom's school...
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    Oh geez... now I'm all hot and bothered

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    Writing my last post started me thinking about the C64 ... and I found this page detailing software releases over the years the C64 was hot (really, it was...) I can remember PaperClip was my word processor, Bard's Tale I and II were my pastime.... and...
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    ASP.NET Resource Kit now available

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    This bit of news is getting quite a bit of airplay, so you've likely heard already, but the ASP.NET Resource Kit is now available... full of tons of code, videos, free book chapters, white papers, controls, and more... how can you miss it? Click here...
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    DirectX Drum Machine in C#

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    A version of this code appeared recently on MSDN Belux , and it was so cool I asked Ianier Munoz if he'd mind turning it into a column for my Coding 4 Fun series.... lucky for me, he said yes and here we are You have got to check this one out...
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    HTML Agility Pack

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    I've seen this around before, and this post was from June 2003, but it is worth mentioning again! .NET Html Agility Pack: How to use malformed HTML just like it was well-formed XML... Here is an agile HTML parser that builds a read/write DOM and supports...
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    MSDN TV episode on the IDE enhancements in C# Whidbey

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    Dan Fernandez presents how Visual C# “Whidbey” will include several IDE enhancements including a first-class code editor with rich editing features, a powerful debugger, and drag-and-drop visual designers. Click here to check it out in this...
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    Oooh, I always wanted to build one of those...

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    Actually, I've always wanted to mimic something simpler, just the error message and a more button to see the stack trace... but this component would be wonderful during a beta release, or as something that can be toggled on by the troubleshooting developer...
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    Tonight's best posts...

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    Forgive me in advance... I'm not posting about .NET, in fact I'm not going to say much at all except to post to two great posts Chris Sells: Same-Sex Marriages *Should* Be Allowed Harry Pierson: In Support of Gay Marriage and then to a little...
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    David Hill explains and discusses "Smart Clients"

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    What is a Smart Client anyway? And what makes it so smart? The term Smart Client was coined to highlight the differences between the typical "Rich Client" applications of yesteryear and the next generation of client applications. To understand these differences...
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    Microsoft Java Language Conversion Assistant 3.0 beta

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    Get all the details on the 3.0 beta of the JLCA here including information on how to join the beta program.
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    New installment in Scott Mitchell's series on Data Structures

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    Part 3: Binary Trees and BSTs This article, the third in a six-part series on data structures in the .NET Framework, looks at a common data structure that is not included in the .NET Framework Base Class Library: binary trees. Whereas arrays arrange...
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    A chapter from my KickStart VB.NET book is up on Code Project

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    Hmm... I had no idea it was going up, but there it is... Click to read Chapter 3: Building Windows Applications The Way Things Were The Windows Forms Model Handling Events in .NET Coding Without Control Arrays Configuring Your Form for Resizing...
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    Ninja Gaiden, where art thou Ninja Gaiden

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    While I did manage to find some really nice desktop backgrounds at http://www.ninjagaidengame.com/NinjaGaiden/images/wallpaper/wallpaper3_1280.html , I didn't find a release date for the game I've been waiting for... Now, considering who I work for, I...
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    Great article on the DataGrid control posted on CodeProject

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    Provides a great introduction to creating your own custom columns and column styles.... including a drop-down column style, which is a very popular custom column for most folks!! DataGrid Zen Novice by Alastair Stell This project provides a 101...
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    C# FTP Server sample up on GotDotNet

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    A new sample was posted recently by Joel Pobar (a Program Manager in the CLR team) C# command line FTP server A lightweight implementation of the FTP RFC spec. Supports the following: Supports most of the common FTP commands that FTP clients like CuteFTP...
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    I love apps that get updates

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    I play Halo for the PC, and every time I get an update I am very excited... last time it meant a big reduction in the activities of team-killing losers, and I bet it will be equally cool next time. Lots of the applications on my machine have updates available...
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    Some recent articles on C# Whidbey

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    From Dan Fernandez's Blog ; Below are some recently released articles on C# Whidbey, definitely check them out Three Cool New Features in C# by Markus Egger http://www.code-magazine.com/Article.aspx?quickid=0303072 C# 2.0 Code...
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    8-Part Interview with Anders Hejlsberg

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    On July 30, 2003, Bruce Eckel, author of Thinking in C++ and Thinking in Java, and Bill Venners, editor-in-chief of Artima.com, met with Anders Hejlsberg in his office at Microsoft. Check out the entire eight-part interview here , or follow the links...
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    Allegiance Code now available....

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    I loved Allegiance, it was beautiful, fun and incorporated a lot of neat multiplayer concepts that I enjoyed (like being able to have one player in a gun turret on your destroyer and another acting as the pilot).... but it withered away for some reason...
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    Yet Another Amazing Article from MSDN België & Luxemburg

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    Getting Started with ObjectSpaces by Jan Tielens ObjectSpaces is one of the exciting features coming in the new version of .NET Framework, codename "Whidbey". This article will explain what ObjectSpaces are and will provide a step-by-step guide to...
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    TreeMapping Your File System

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    Cory Smith , one man Visual Basic evangelism team and owner-of-many-DVDs, discusses the MS Research TreeMap control and creating a Visual Basic .NET version of a code sample to "tree map" your hard drive. Check out his thoughts, and a nice screenshot...
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    Code Project just continues to amaze...

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    I love the recently posted "Enhanced BrowseForFolder styled TreeView" (a C# control by Jerry Maguire), and the list of new content from the last week is just amazing; A Piano Key Control in C# - Leslie Sanford (a cool article if you are into control...
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    Joel's doing a webcast (well, 2 actually)

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    Joel Semeniuk , (my former roommate, co-founder of my first software development company, and now a co-founder of Imaginets ), is doing a security webcast for MSDN ... something about 'threat modeling' or 'model threatening', I'm really not sure which...
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    Upcoming Visual Basic Chats

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    Check out these chats on http://msdn.microsoft.com/chats/ Using Windows Forms Controls in Visual Basic .NET Extending the choice of controls available from the Toolbox is a powerful way to enhance Visual Basic's application development potential...
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