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    Visual Basic World Tour is under way

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    The VB World Tour is well under way. We have already visited user groups in Portland OR and Pleasanton CA. The rest of the schedule right now is (note, edited on 4/23 for accuracy) Waltham 4/14 (Steven Lees and Amanda Silver) New York 4/15 (Steven...
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    Announcing the Visual Basic Power Pack

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    I have spent much of the past few months getting the Visual Basic Power Pack ready and released. The Visual Basic Power Pack is a VB team community project. It consists of seven custom controls written in Visual Basic .NET 2003. The controls provide enhanced...
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    VS 2005 Community Tech Preview

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    At VSLive this week we handed out the first VS 2005 Community Tech Preview. This is our first updated bits since the PDC Tech Preview and represents more than 6 months of coding. The Community Tech Preview is not the same quality as a Beta. It is more...
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    What's in a name?

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    You probably already know this, but Visual Studio “Whidbey” is not going to be the official name of the next version of Visual Studio. Turns out it will be Visual Studio Whidbey, same name just no quotes. Isn't that funny? I just made that...
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    Blog rules

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    This morning, I posted What's in a name? where I discussed the new announced name for Visual Studio. I mentioned that we had been asked what to call ASP.NET “Whidbey“. I said I would ask the ASP team and report back. 10 minutes later I got...
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    Wrox lives

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    I met with Joe Wikert, the publisher of Wrox yesterday. Wiley purchased the Wrox name and some of the Wrox titles last year. Wrox is relaunching in June. They have new versions of some existing books coming out and they are planning a series of Whidbey...
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    What do you listen to?

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    When I am at work I mostly listen to Groove Salad on ITunes Radio (Occasionally gets a little too slow but generally quite good.) Thumpradio (House, Trance, Psychadelic, etc. Great for Friday afternoon. Nothing like a mix party in your office...
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    Top 10 Worst Software

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    Check out John Dvorak's list of the 10 worst software packages of all time: 10. Microsoft Bob 9. Combined Category: Dead Programming Languages 8. MicroPro Easy 7. Windows 1.0 6. Access (the telecom program, not the database) 5. TopView 4. Lotus Symphony...
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    I ran a half marathon yesterday

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    Dim whatAboutMe as ShamelessSelfPromotion = True Yesterday I ran the Super Jock 'n Jill Half Marathon. 13.1 miles in 1:43:20, or a pace of 7:53 per mile. I was shooting for a 1:45:00 (8:00 per mile) and I beat that, in spite of it being quite sunny and...
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    VB Power Pack Update

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    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 ( http://www.gotdotnet.com/Community/Workspaces...
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    Whidbey at the .NETDA Part 1

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    Last night I presented VB Whidbey at the .NET Developer Association General Meeting here in Redmond. I was on after Dave Winer and Robert Scoble spoke on blogs and RSS, etc. It is no coincidence that my blog debuts the very next day. Thanks to Dave and...
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    Clarification on My

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    Previously on my blog I said ”The My namespace is really just wrappers around existing Framework classes.” Jay Schmelzer of the VB team writes It’s not a set of wrappers for the framework, it is a speed-dial into the framework that...
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    VB suggestions update

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    As of 8/24, the VB team has 186 suggestions entered through the MSDN Product Feedback Center (up from 169 the week before), 168 of which have been entered since Beta 1. Of the 186 total suggestions, 104 have been resolved (up from 93 the week before)...
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    My first post

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    One more blogger on the planet! Oh, I've heard about them, and read them. But I hadn't started one. Until today, this sunny Seattle day (and no, you don't see too many of those in February!). This blog will be about Visual Basic and about the VB team...
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    Leaving Microsoft

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    After 8 ½ years at Microsoft it is time to move on to the next phase of my career. April 15 is my last full day at Microsoft. I am going to pursue the life of the independent contractor and return to something that has been a passion of mine since before...
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    Whidbey at the .NETDA Part 2

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    Previously on my blog I wrote about showing VB Whidbey to the .NET Developers Association General Meeting in Redmond. I covered IDE enhancements aimed at increasing productivity. Here I'll cover Data. I showed the Data Sources Window. You can use it...
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    Holy Cow!

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    Yesterday afternoon, I created this blog and late afternoon I added the first 2 posts. Around 6:00 PST I showed a couple people in the VB group and sent 3 emails on it (1 to the VB team, 1 to VS Marketing and 1 to Brian Goldfarb who helped me get the...
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    Utah Skiing Trip Report

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    Go ahead. Hate me. Everyone at work I have talked to about our ski trip hates me. 3 feet of snow last week is why. 3 feet of fluffy, soft, beautiful and very forgiving Utah powder over the course of the week. We arrived Friday night and skiied Deer...
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    Watch VSLive Keynotes

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    The videos of the VSLive Keynotes are on the Fawcette web site. Soma announced VS 2005 Standard in his keynote and has the latest dev tools roadmap. There is also a seperate link to the reg-free COM demo in his keynote. Reg-free COM is coming in Whidbey...
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    VB Dev Center Community page updates

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    Check out the VB Dev Center Community page . Duncan and I have spend a lot of time lately talking about this page and what we can do to make it more of a community page. The ultimate goal is to make this page more of a community portal, a front door to...
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    Say Anything

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    You should never start a blog and then post a bunch and then do nothing, right? Well, let it not be said that I made no posts for an entire week! This will be a short post. I am off to Utah for a week of skiing. An annual trip full of great skiing...
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    Greetings from Orlando

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    Good morning from Orlando. I am here for VSConnections. I flew down Sunday (7:20 AM flight through Dallas and then arriving in Orlando at 5:30 PM). Monday morning I was the demo guy (internally we use a different term but I'm not sharing that with you...
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    Community Tech Preview for MSDN Subscribers

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    Word on the street (or at least in the hallways) is that MSDN subscribers should have access to the Tech Preview for download sometime this week. Look for it. Pass it on.
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    Previously on Robert Green's blog

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    Robert blogged for awhile. Then he stopped. Then he sort of started again, but not so much. Then he stopped, or more accurately, stopped starting again. But now he is back, again. And is committed to regular blogging. You'll see.
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    Interview with Soma

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    Visual Studio magazine has an interview with S. Somasegar, aka "Soma", the corporate VP of the Developer Division. Soma will be keynoting at VSLive! in Orlando the week after next.
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