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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: Wes Haggard discusses the new iterators in C# 2.0

    Recusive GetFiles for DirectoryInfo via a C# Iterator I have been working on a project using C# Express and so I have been playing around with some of the new C# 2.0 features. In my project I had a need to get all the files of a particular type in a given directory including all sub-directories. The...
  • Blog Post: C# 2005 and C# Express Content Up...

    Just up... Investigating Code Snippet Technology Andrew W. Troelsen Intertech Training Summary: This article explorers the use of Visual Studio 2005 and Visual C# 2005 Express Edition code snippet technologies. Once the reader understands the XML syntax used to represent code snippets,...
  • 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: 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: Anders on MSDNTV

    Whiteboard with Anders Hejlsberg At Tech Ed 2004, Anders Hejlsberg gave an informal talk, answered attendee questions, and wrote some code examples on the whiteboard. (July 29)
  • Blog Post: Trying out something 'bad'...

    So, if you missed it... I was just playing with displaying a poll in the blog... don't worry, I won't make a habit of this :)... I did it using the spawn of evil an iframe... I've removed it now, the experiment is done... but it exposed an interesting problem. When viewed through the IFRAME IE's default...
  • 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: ReSharper 1.0 Released...

    From their site... "ReSharper is an add-in for Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 that brings intelligent C# coding assistance, real-time error highlighting, and refactoring features to this popular development platform." More info here...
  • 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: 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: "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: 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: 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: 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: Luke Hoban blogs on...

    Luke, a PM on the C# IDE team has started a blog... should be a good source of info, especially around the new Express Edition. Intro + C# Express ... The project that I’ve been working on for most of my time at Microsoft is the Visual C# Express Edition . So as you can probably guess, I’m...
  • 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: Eric Gunnerson discusses grouping classes within an assembly...

    As a big fan of components, my applications are often composed of many different assemblies... essentially I break out anything that seems 'ready to reuse'... but perhaps I should reconsider? Grouping classes in an assembly This useful bit of information crossed my desk today: When it comes...
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