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Raghavendra Prabhu

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  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Express will be free permanently!

    Great news - it was annouced a couple of days back that Visual Studio Express , originally offered free for one year, will now be free permanently! Haven't heard of Express products before? Read this FAQ . Not only are the Express products free, they are pretty lightweight and quick to install...
  • Blog Post: Saving out a Form's Size and Location using the Application Settings feature

    A very common requirement for Windows Forms applications is the ability to 'remember' the location and size of forms when they are closed, so that the next time they are shown, they can be restored to the former position. The Application Settings feature is .NET 2.0 makes it simple to do this, but unfortunately...
  • Blog Post: I have heard of the BSoD - what's a WSoD?

    If you have used the Windows Forms designer in Visual Studio 2005 enough, chances are you may have occasionally seen a white error screen instead of the design time form. This screen, fondly referred to as WSoD in our team, shows up when error(s) are encountered in the process of loading the designer...
  • Blog Post: WinRes: Improvements in Whidbey

    One of the first posts I made, after starting this blog, was about WinRes , a UI localization tool that ships with the .NET Framework SDK. The reason I wrote that post was that I had been increasing noticing how many people had the same set of issues with WinRes, and were having trouble resolving them...
  • Blog Post: Smart Client in focus again

    Good to see that Soma's keynote at VSLive! San Francisco brings the concept of 'smart client' back in focus. This is something I am personally passionate about and it is also the theme of this blog. Here is Soma's blog post on the topic and you can view the keynote video here . Still not sure what a...
  • Blog Post: Windows Forms Bug Reporting Challenge

    Feels good to return to blogging after a long break! We in the developer division have been pretty busy last few weeks working towards a stable Whidbey Beta 2. ScottGu's blog post has a good description of where we are in the Whidbey product cycle. If you are beta testing Windows Forms 2.0 or Clickonce...
  • Blog Post: Impact of the MSDN Product Feedback Center

    Its been quite a long time since my last blog post. We have been pretty busy over the last couple of months (and will be for a few more weeks) driving towards a high quality Beta 2 of Visual Studio 2005 (Whidbey). This next release should be far more stable, secure and complete than Beta 1. We have been...
  • Blog Post: Localization in Whidbey

    Before I describe how Windows Forms localization works in Whidbey, let us first take a look at how it works in VS 2002/2003. Consider a Form with a Button control on it. When you mark it Localizable = True in the property grid, the designer generates code for the Button that looks like this: this...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2005 Beta!

    It's finally out - Visual Studio 2005 and .NET Framework 2.0 Beta 1! Here are the relevant links: VS 2005 Beta Developer Center - portal for all VS 2005 Beta related information, including links to download. VS 2005 Express Products - described as “lightweight, easy to use, easy to learn...
  • Blog Post: Client Settings - Part 3

    RichB has some interesting questions in his comments about my earlier post on the client settings feature. I thought it might be worth a separate post to answer them. I don't have the CTP available, but from the documentation it appears that ApplicationSettingsBase can read and write to a collection...
  • Blog Post: Designer Hosting in Whidbey

    If you have had a chance to play with Visual Studio Whidbey, you may have noticed some of the cool new features in the Forms designer - snap lines, smart tags and so on. Now what if you desire to expose some of this design time UI in your own application? Guess what, Whidbey makes this super easy to...
  • Blog Post: Strongly typed resource model in Whidbey

    In Visual Studio 2003 and earlier, managing resources like images and icons in your project is somewhat difficult. For example, when you try to assign an image to a PictureBox through the property grid, you get the FileOpenDialog. When you pick an image file, the image is dumped into the form's resx...
  • Blog Post: Whidbey content on WindowsForms.net

    If you haven't looked at it already, you may want to check out the new Whidbey section on WindowsForms.net . It includes overviews and screenshots of the new Whidbey features for client application development. There is also a link to forums where you can give feedback.
  • Blog Post: What's this new GenerateMember property?

    If you have played with Whidbey builds of Visual Studio, you may have noticed this new property called GenerateMember that shows up in the property grid for all controls and components you add to a Windows Form. Wondering what it is about? It is actually a design time extender property that allows you...
  • Blog Post: New articles on Whidbey Windows Forms and ClickOnce

    Nice overview of some of the new features in Windows Forms and ClickOnce (via Chris Sells' blog ).
  • Blog Post: Client Settings - Part 2

    In a post a few months ago, I wrote about a new Whidbey feature called Client Settings. While we briefly described this feature at the PDC, it wasn't available in the build of Whidbey released then. The Community Preview build gives you a chance to try out everything I mentioned and more. Quite some...
  • Blog Post: Whidbey Community Preview is here!

    Check out the new Visual Studio 2005 home page . If you are an MSDN subscriber, PDC/VSLive attendee or an Alpha participant, you should be able to get a Preview build of Whidbey soon (if you haven't already!). These are very recent bits, so there are a bunch of updates and new features since the PDC...
  • Blog Post: How to determine if visual styles are enabled?

    [I thought I would write this piece as a response to Cory Smith 's recent posts ( here is the first post and then the followup ) on the topic] If you are a control author or simply custom painting controls in your app, you have probably felt the need for a flag that tells you whether to render with...
  • Blog Post: More on WinForms and Longhorn

    I posted sometime back about WinForms and Longhorn/Avalon and what the migration path is going to look like. Chris Sells has posted a link to a book that has a chapter dedicated to this topic. Note especially that the programming models introduced in Whidbey for things like Client Settings (see my earlier...
  • Blog Post: How does the designer decide what properties to persist on a given component?

    Any component has a bunch of properties on it. For example, the WinForms Button control has properties like BackColor, ForeColor, Text, Name, BackgroundImage and so on. When you place a Button on the Form in the VisualStudio designer and look at the generated code, you will find only a subset of the...
  • Blog Post: DataGridView control in Whidbey

    The latest article in the 'Wonders of Windows Forms' series on MSDN features the Whidbey DataGridView control (the article refers to it as the 'GridView', but it has since been renamed 'DataGridView'). Our internal Microsoft partners using the control already love it, so I am sure it will be a great...
  • Blog Post: Windows Forms - MFC Interop: What's new in Whidbey?

    In response to a comment on my previous post on this topic, I emailed some folks internally to find out what new is planned for Whidbey in the area of Windows Forms - MFC interop. Here is what Anson Tsao , a Program Manager on the VC++ team, had to say: WinForms (v1.1+) supports being hosted in MFC...
  • Blog Post: PDC sessions available online!

    View them  here .
  • Blog Post: Feature Preview: Client Settings

    One of the new Whidbey features Joe Stegman talked  about at the PDC was Client Settings. This is a feature I have spent a lot of time on in Whidbey, so I thought I would talk a little bit about it. Very often, if you are writing a client app (also for web apps, but let me focus...
  • Blog Post: VisualStyles in Whidbey

    Support for VisualStyles in Windows Forms has considerably improved in Whidbey. Here is a list of some of the new features. These should all be in the PDC build. Application.EnableVisualStyles is now part of the "Windows Forms Application" template in Visual Studio. This means VisualStyles...
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