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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: The email I get...

    Every day I get from 1 to 10 emails asking me various VB questions... some I answer by pointing to a link, some by providing code, and sometimes I just point people to the newsgroups or forums that exist for this type of question... but this time I thought I'd just post the question and answer into my...
  • Blog Post: Another article preview up... this one is a content rotator for ASP.NET

    As I discussed in an earlier post , I wanted to know if people found preview articles useful... and at least a few people said they did, so here is another one.... Rotating Is Fun Summary: Duncan Mackenzie describes the creation of a simple ‘content rotator’ in ASP.NET Feedback...
  • Blog Post: vbCity has blogs!?!? Excellent...

    Serge Baranovsky, the man behind vbCity , just mentioned to me that they have started hosting blogs... just their staff at the moment, but they have plans to grow... Since vbCity is already one of the best sites for VB developers, this is good news! http://blogs.vbcity.com/
  • Blog Post: The Updater Application Block... various additions...

    One of the nice things about the Updater Application Block is that it was written to be quite extensible... I saw a post today where SamSantiago mentioned he had created a custom class to delete all those old versions on your machine whenever you do an update.... very cool, I'll be trying that out right...
  • Blog Post: Soma discusses the future of VB

    Soma (whose name you may or may not recognize) is in a position to know a lot about the future of Visual Basic (in his own words, from his intro post... "My name is Somasegar and I run the Developer Division at Microsoft." ), so when he decides to post about it, it is probably worth a quick read... ...
  • Blog Post: Ok... I can finally read my comments again...

    I'm sure I'll be one of many commenting on this, but the recent updates to .Text on this site are a wonderful improvement. For the past while I had been unable to really sift out the good comments from the bad, so real (non-spam) comments to the VB or C# FAQ sites, and to this blog... were all being...
  • Blog Post: Previews of articles...

    A couple of weeks ago I posted my "Quick Poll" Coding 4 Fun column in its unedited form... was that useful? If it was, I can continue to do that with my articles ... basically posting my version of them up in advance onto www.duncanmackenzie.net and then redirecting that to the real article once it ends...
  • Blog Post: Jesse Liberty, author of one of my favorite books (Clouds to Code) gives an overview of "My" in Visual Basic 2005

    Blurb copied using the cool "Blog This" link on the ondotnet pages :) Rapid Application Development with VB.NET 2.0 by Jesse Liberty -- For a couple of years now, Jesse Liberty been touting the Microsoft endorsed-sentiment that it really doesn't matter if you program in C# or in VB.NET, since both...
  • Blog Post: Updated the headlines on the VB Community page today...

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/vbasic/community I added a little blurb at the top asking folks to send in any ideas they have for this page, please use it... I try to scan the community sites regularly but I'm certainly missing a lot of stuff. If you see something worth noting on the VB site, let me know...
  • Blog Post: New Coding 4 Fun Article up...

    Add a Quick Poll to Your Web Site Summary: Duncan Mackenzie describes his process to build a "Quick Poll" using Visual Basic and ASP.NET. Recent discussions have motivated me to add some 'anti-repeat-voting' code to this sample... I've finished up most of the changes, so grab the sample from the article...
  • Blog Post: Solutions at a Glance... great for all .NET developers interested in security...

    I was just talking with J.D. Meier ( from PAG ) about the Improving Application Security book and he pointed out a great page to me... the " Solutions At A Glance " list... this page lists a ton of very frequently asked questions around .NET security and provides links deep into all that great PAG security...
  • Blog Post: Thanks Bill... Vaughn that is, not that other guy...

    I noticed yesterday that my poll wasn't showing the question on the top of the list of choices, or the list of results. Viewing the source made it pretty obvious the <asp:label> was rendering, but that it was empty. Checking my code everything seemed fine, but when I retrieved the poll details...
  • Blog Post: Don't ask me why, but I've become the official forum for Spiderman 2

    I blame google. ( 250 + comments so far, not counting the ones I've had to remove )
  • Blog Post: Previewing my "Quick Vote" article...

    I've put the draft of my next Coding 4 Fun column ('Duncan Mackenzie describes his process to build a "Quick Poll" using Visual Basic and ASP.NET.') up onto my personal site, click here to check it out.
  • Blog Post: Books, Books, Books...

    I've been thinking about books and the MSDN developer centers for some time... I've been wondering what we should do in terms of highlighting books on the MSDN site. Do you want reviews ? Top x Books by topic area (Beginning VB.NET, Data Access, Windows Forms, Language Focused...)? How would...
  • Blog Post: We have a bit of a cluster in my poll results...

    I'm running a poll on http://www.duncanmackenzie.net to see what topics I should write about next in my Coding 4 Fun column ... There are 7 choices in total, but 3 are getting the lion's share of the votes... Game Dev (a 'battleship' networked game, etc..) 27% Web Development (like this polling component...
  • Blog Post: Getting the right Printer Margin Bounds when working in Windows Forms...

    a Code Project link, via Darth Pedro's blog ... .NET: Printer Margin Bounds in .NET There's a very good Code Project article by Philippe Leybaert on getting the appropriate printer margin bounds so that what you print from you WinForms application will appear correctly. While PrintPageEventArgs...
  • Blog Post: Robert gives up an update on the VB.NET Power Pack

    VB Power Pack Update It’s been a little over a month since we shipped the Power Pack. As of this morning, the controls have been downloaded 17,401 times!! And there are more than 100 members of the Power Pack Workspace ( link ). Nathan Blecharczyk, an intern on the VB team for the summer, has been...
  • Blog Post: Partial types in Visual Basic .NET

    Partial types have come up a few times lately , and I wasn't sure they had been explained/defined before... so, I stole some prose from another document on this topic, cut and pasted some VB code from VS 2005 and here you go
  • Blog Post: Cool Quote from the "My" chat going on right now...

    Tyler_MS : Q: Is "My" customizable so that people can create their own "shortcuts" to frequently used sections? Tyler_MS : A: Yes, it is customizable. It is done via partial classes. We will be writing a whitepaper on how to do it. You can add things at the My. level, the My.Computer. level (e.g. My...
  • Blog Post: Default Values, Triggers, and Code supplied values ... oh my!

    In an earlier post , I mentioned that I use a trigger to update a "DateCreated" field in one of my tables... and various people commented on this... asking "why not pass in a value in your Insert?" or "why not use a default value?" Since I feel that replying to comments in the comments section is generally...
  • Blog Post: New Poll is up and a silly mistake...

    One of the big reasons I redesigned the poll component , was so that I could track votes over time... I did this by adding a 'dateVoted' column to my vote table, and then using an “On Insert” trigger to set that column to the current date/time.... peachy keen, except when I exported the tables...
  • 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...
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