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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: Andrew Troelsen's Refactoring Article is up...

    Refactoring C# Code Using Visual Studio 2005 Andrew W. Troelsen Intertech Training Summary: This article examines the role of code refactoring, and the refactoring techniques supported by Visual Studio 2005. (23 printed pages)
  • Blog Post: Get a listing of all the upcoming VB Chats

    Chats on Visual Basic 2005 For the past year, I've been organizing the Visual Basic chats that appear at http://msdn.microsoft.com/chats/ . For the most part, these chats focused on answering your questions about Visual Basic. Naturally, now that the Beta 1 for Visual Basic 2005 is available, I wanted...
  • 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: My new Coding 4 Fun Column is up on MSDN...

    How Long Now? Summary: Duncan Mackenzie describes how to calculate the difference between two dates in Visual Basic .NET, and builds an application that counts down to the release of Halo 2.
  • 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: Visual Studio 2005 Beta 1 and the Express Edition Betas have launched...

    Ah, launch day... what else would have most of my colleagues sitting in their offices at 12:30 am in the morning on a Monday... and there isn't a single Halo game running!! So, if you haven't heard... the official site for Visual Studio 2005 Beta 1 is now up, featuring a ton of new MSDN features including...
  • 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: Cyrus ruminates on the revelations of TechEd 2004...

    Cyrus , recent addition to the C# bloggers list and poster of many posts, has been blogging extensively from TechEd... OMGTHXURGR8!!!! That's basically the message we got today concerning the work we're doing in the C# IDE for VS 2005. I ended up not being able to show people the new stuff...
  • 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: Anders Chalk Talk today at 2pm to 3:15pm (at TechEd 2004)

    Swing by Cabana 5 today (May 26) at 2pm if you want to chat with Anders.... Erica Weichers is here and is going to try and record it, but if you are at TechEd you should come on by. (Just in case you don't know the name: Anders Hejlsberg is the designer of the C# language ... so if you are into C#, you...
  • Blog Post: Contents of a programmer's backpack

    Returning to the room tonight I was greeted by an amazing spread of technology across the bed in my hotel room. Early in the day I had returned to my room only to realize that my cell phone was not in my pocket as expected, so I had proceeded to pull everything out of my backpack, one item at a time...
  • Blog Post: Paul Vick is in the house....

    Paul Vick , language guy for Visual Basic and unofficial spokesman for Krispy Kreme (look at the picture to understand that comment), arrived yesterday at TechEd.... Look for him around the Developer Division Cabanas (5 and 6), the Visual Studio 2005 booth and at the "Meet the VB Team" session (Thursday...
  • Blog Post: At TechEd and waiting for your questions!

    Headed over to registration today, very very busy... then to the Cabana with Erik Porter ... very very empty.... Erik and I then decided to head off to catch a pre-conference session, but even those were backed up due to the long registration lines. Oh well, back to the Cabana to wait for some great...
  • Blog Post: Made it to San Diego...

    I flew down to TechEd today, and I made it to the Marriott without any incidents... and I have my first 'Cabana' session tomorrow at 8:30 am... This means I'll be hanging out in the convention center, in the 'Cabana' area, in case anyone wants to drop by and chat about VB... there will be someone there...
  • Blog Post: TechEd and Rio... IV?

    Like Eric , Brad , and Paul I will be at TechEd and am participating in the Rio tool for meetings. Feel free to look me up and schedule something if you'd like to talk about.... umm... VB / C# / Coding 4 Fun / MSDN ... or whatever...
  • Blog Post: Coming to TechEd? Play Halo for the PC? Have a fast laptop?

    In an earlier post, I mentioned I was going to TechEd... and I said I would post my schedule when I figured it out... well, I haven't figured anything out yet, but I wanted to let folks know the most important thing: I will be bringing my Halo PC CD and a hub... so if anyone wants to play, bring your...
  • Blog Post: Visual Basic Team Blog has launched...

    Look for lots of posts from the upcoming TechEd conference as well as material around all things VB... Welcome to the VB Team Blog! ... We'll talk about the overall product and about all parts of it, not just the parts that are covered by existing blogs. We'll talk about things we do as a team, whether...
  • 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: Eric Gunnerson discusses Enums, Validation and Versioning...

    Giving us an early peek at his TechEd 2004 talk, Eric discusses how to handle enums in your code, since they are not constrained to the list of options you define in the enum and also because they can change in ways that could break your code in the future... Enums and validation ... So, my first point...
  • Blog Post: VB sessions at TechEd 2004...

    Paul Vick (Technical Lead on the VB team and author of this book ) provides a list of key VB sessions scheduled for the upcoming TechEd conference... and his schedule for the week. TechEd 2004 sessions (from Panopticon Central) I'll be there too... and I'll post my schedule whenever I figure it out,...
  • Blog Post: PInvokes available as a VS.NET Add-In...

    Amazing stuff... Adam Nathan creates pinvoke.net, to general acclaim, and then follows only a few days later with a great VS.NET Add-In that allows you to search for, insert and even contribute PInvoke signatures to his site. "Introducing" PINVOKE.NET and its Visual Studio Add-In! it brings a tear to...
  • Blog Post: Some FAQs are more FA than others....

    Joe Mayo posted a great 'frequently asked question' along with a very clear answer, to the C# FAQ recently.... Why did I receive the error: "The type or namespace '<namespace name>' does not exist in the class or namespace '<parent namespace>' (are you missing an assembly reference?)"...
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