• Robert Green's Visual Basic Blog

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 used in Ferrari's F1 efforts

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    Control software for the car is C and assembler. Analysis and simulation is mainly done with Matlab. Other projects are written in object-oriented languages (C++, Delphi and Visual Basic, depending on preference). This is from a very interesting article...
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    Smart Client Bug Reporting Challenge is now open

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    The Windows Forms team is having a contest to see who can enter the most bugs related to Windows Forms, Windows Forms controls or ClickOnce deployment. Check out http://msdn.microsoft.com/smartclient/challenge/default.aspx for official rules. To get credit...
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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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    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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    Visual Studio Standard announced

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    Jay Roxe explains VS Standard in eWeek "With Visual Studio 2005 Standard Edition we've recognized there is no one right tool for all developers and we've tried to target the line at the different types of developers," said Jay Roxe , product manager for...
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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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    VB Suggestions Update Sept 16

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    As of this afternoon the VB team has 232 suggestions entered through the MSDN Product Feedback Center . This is up from 186 the last time I reported, which was August 25. Over the past two weeks we have made a serious effort to reduce our backlog on these...
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    More good music on the Web (or the radio if you live in Boston)

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    WERS 88.9 FM Emerson College Radio in Boston, at www.wers.org I first heard this station when I was in Boston (out for a run in my home town of Marblehead). I recently found them on the Web. The weekday show Jazz Oasis is 10 AM to 2 PM EST, which is 7...
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    VB to VB .NET Upgrade Tour content

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    Jackie Goldstein has posted the slides, demos and videos of the VB to VB .NET Upgrade Tour on the Microsoft Israel Web site. Way to go Jackie! And speaking of Jackie, he will be speaking at the VB Meeting of the .NET Developers Association this Monday...
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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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    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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    My new role and my new blog

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    I have joined MCW Technologies as a senior consultant. Very exciting and quite an honor. This blog is moving to http://www.mcwtech.com/CS/blogs/rgreen/default.aspx See ya there!
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Power Pack article

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    Josh Ledgard linked to my post about the Power Pack and rizzo commented that the descriptions you get on Workspaces are too short. So you have to download the controls to see if you want them. I will put a link to the Power Pack article on MSDN on...
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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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    I'm Back

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    After what wound up being quite a hiatus, I have returned to my blog. Just in case you were wondering if I had given up on it. No way! Just wound up going way too long between postings.
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