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  • Blog Post: This blog has moved... notice #2...

    For various reasons, the biggest being my desire to play around with .Text, I've moved my blog to my own server at http://blogs.duncanmackenzie.net/duncanma following the 3 leaf model when they moved, I thought I should post this notice a couple of times...
  • Blog Post: This blog has moved...

    For various reasons, the biggest being my desire to play around with .Text, I've moved my blog to my own server at http://blogs.duncanmackenzie.net The first post over there shows the app that I wrote last night and then used to copy all of my posts and categories over from this blog to the new location...
  • Blog Post: Stuck on a problem opening vbproj or csproj files...

    On my home dev box I couldn't seem to open any of my projects (VB or C#), and whenever I tried I got this useful error; The application for project 'C:\Documents and Settings\Duncanma\My Documents\Visual Studio Projects\ConsoleApplication1\ConsoleApplication1.vbproj' is not installed. Make sure...
  • Blog Post: "Express Paint" article up...

    This article, by John Kennedy , discusses the creation of an image editing application completely built with C# Express Edition. ExpressPaint Summary: Use C# Express to create an image processing application that's ideal for putting the final touch to your digital photographs. This program is easy to...
  • Blog Post: Generics in VB 2005 Article now live on MSDN...

    Defining and Using Generics in Visual Basic 2005 Harish Kantamneni Visual Basic Team Microsoft Corporation July 2004 Summary : Provides an overview of the generics feature in Visual Basic 2005, and explains the basic concepts involved in defining and using generics and their usefulness to the Visual...
  • Blog Post: Webcast today on the new features of VB 2005...

    In case you didn't notice this on the /vbasic home page... MSDN Webcast: New Features for Visual Basic 2005 Developers Friday, July 02, 2004 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) In this webcast, you'll learn about the new features in the language, and in the Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: Cool new MSDN TV (on creating a RSS reader that runs as a tool window in VS)

    Building Tools Using the Visual Studio Automation Model In this episode, Craig Skibo uses the Visual Studio .NET 2003 automation model to build a tool window hosted within Visual Studio that allows you to read blog postings.
  • Blog Post: Another new article posted yesterday... "What's New In Help for VB 2005"

    What's New in Help for Visual Basic 2005 Beta 1 Find out about the newest Help features in Visual Basic 2005 Beta 1, including distinguishing Visual Basic from other languages, more task-oriented topics, and an emphasis on code examples.
  • Blog Post: Operator Overloading in VB 2005

    Matthew Gertz, Dev Lead for the VB Compiler, Editor & Debugger team has written an article on operator overloading in Visual Basic 2005... Operator Overloading In Visual Basic 2005 Operator Overloading, new to Visual Basic 2005, simplifies the use and development of complex types by allowing you...
  • Blog Post: A sneak preview of Visual Basic 2005 (article) is up on MSDN...

    This new article from Ken Getz provides an overview of many of the new features in Visual Basic 2005, including "My", "Edit and Continue", "AutoCorrect", "Just My Code" and more... Check it out here
  • Blog Post: Ended the "Most anticipated release" poll...

    And (hopefully the formatting will work out ok in the blog) here are the results :) What release are you most excited about? Halo 2: (20.7%) Visual Studio .NET 2005: ...
  • Blog Post: Visual Basic Power Pack Article Up on MSDN

    If you follow other people's blogs, then you've probably heard about the Power Pack by now, but I'm happy to annouce that the overview article (complete with pictures!!) is available on MSDN! Check it out by clicking here!
  • Blog Post: More playing with ASP.NET

    As with my earlier messing around with a poll, I took a concept from the www.asp.net site today and made my own "CheckDotNet.aspx" page. The one on www.asp.net only checks for the .NET Framework 1.0 or better, so I modified the logic to detect 1.1 and 1.0 as two distinct cases... recommending an upgrade...
  • Blog Post: Whidbey docs up on MSDN's lab servers...

    Check out this link to go right to the VB section... lots of great info in there... or check out the C# section here . (found via the VSTO2 blog... ) Note that this is not a prototype of the next version of MSDN... it is intended to be consumed by the internal browser in Visual Studio... so the...
  • Blog Post: Early & Adopter fill you in on "Application Level Events"

    The 3 Leaf guys, (well probably just one of them... but who knows which one), talk about "Application Level Events" in Whidbey Here's a code snippet to illustrate what they are talking about... something that I like to think of as "Global.asa" (I haven't done a lot of web work since ASP) for Windows...
  • Blog Post: Paul Vick discusses the question that just won't go away... VB or C#?

    I get this question a lot, and I explain many of the same things that Paul goes through in this post, so I'd love it if more people would read this material: The "native" .NET language? In the comments on my post on language choice , Patrick asked “isn't C# the language that's most 'native' to the .NET...
  • Blog Post: The 'Chalk Talk' went well....

    You can expect to see a MSDN TV version of this session at some point soon... should be pretty good quality, Anders was wearing a microphone... although it did fall off him for a bit :)
  • Blog Post: New IIS site...

    I wouldn't have known about this site, if the site's owner wasn't sitting behind me on the plane to TechEd, so I thought the rest of you might not know about it either :) TryIIS.com is a new site dedicated to resources for evaluating IIS, and contains over 100 whitepapers and other materials... ...
  • Blog Post: SteveJS discusses unmanaged/managed and mixed debugging in VS

    Steve Steiner, a developer on the VS debugger team, fills us in on some of the differences between the different types of debugging that VS is capable of... Unmanaged Debugging vs. Managed Debugging vs. Mixed Debugging. All versions of VS support debugging both managed and unmanaged code. However there...
  • Blog Post: Improving .NET Application Performance and Scalability

    Those wild and crazy PAG guys are at it again... Summary: This guide provides end-to-end guidance for managing performance and scalability throughout your application life cycle to reduce risk and lower total cost of ownership. It provides a framework that organizes performance into a handful of prioritized...
  • Blog Post: Eric posts the C# Team's schedule for TechEd 2004

    Check out the full post for info on Eric's talk in particular... TechEd and the C# team ... Here's the full set of C# team activities while we're there Mon 5/24 (5:00PM - 6:15PM) - C# Best Practices - What's wrong with this code - Eric (Room 6A) Mon 5/24 (6:00PM - 7:00PM) - Ask the experts. All the C#...
  • Blog Post: Going way back here... but I don't think I mentioned this before.... Gus Perez posts a Snippet Editor...

    Snippets are a pretty cool feature of VS 2005.... aka Intellitasks to some... and Gus has created a tool to make them... (well, he did back in March.... :)) Snippy - A C# code snippet editor I made it my weekend project to hack up an editor for code snippet files. If you don't know what code snippets...
  • Blog Post: Enabling/Disabling AutoRun from your .NET application...

    I answer quite a few questions on the forums on GotDotNet , and sometimes those answers are interesting enough (in my opinion) to be exposed to a larger audience.... Coding this particular one caused Brian Johnson to say... "cool", so it seems worth posting about here :) The question was (paraphrased...
  • Blog Post: Duncan's VS.NET 2003 wouldn't run... and why that is good for you :)

    Something must have changed, but I had no idea what it was... but suddenly, existing applications (the same version of which run fine on other machines) were crashing with IO errors, specifically "System.IO.IOException: The device is not ready.". At the same time, I could no longer open VB projects...
  • Blog Post: Profiling is fun...

    Back in highschool, I cut lawns for a lot of people.... so many that it was really a summer job and kept me quite busy, and then in University I took a job laying sod for a landscape company.... kinda went from the amateur level to the professional there. Both jobs were hot, dirty and left me ready for...
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