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Raghavendra Prabhu
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    Worldwide response to Tsunami

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    The Tsunami disaster in Asia has been a sad and tragic event, but I think one bright spot amidst it all has been the amazing worldwide response to it. I don't recall the peoples of the world coming together this way ever before. Maybe the Internet has...
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    How does the Windows Forms designer in Visual Studio load a Form?

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    Here are a couple of questions we often get from developers who are new to Windows Forms: 1) The designer allows me to open an abstract Form, but not a Form that inherits from an abstract Form. Why is that? 2) I got a load error when I tried to open my...
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    Windows Forms and Avalon roadmap

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    If I am planning to write a Windows client application in the coming months, what technology should I target - Windows Forms or Avalon? This is a question that comes up every so often and results in a lengthy debate, but no clear conclusion. In an attempt...
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    Smart Client Developer Center reloaded

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    Check out the new and improved MSDN Smart Client Developer Center page - it is a great place to start if you are looking for information about client application development. Jonathan, who is co-editor for the site with Chris Sells , has more information...
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    Windows Forms Bug Reporting Challenge

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    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...
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    Impact of the MSDN Product Feedback Center

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    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...
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    .NET Framework SPs now available on Windows Update

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    The final versions of .NET Framework 1.1 SP1 and 1.0 SP3 are now available for download on Windows Update .
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    Localization in Whidbey

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    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...
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    .NET Framework SPs - Tech Preview announced

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    Technical previews of .NET Framework 1.1 SP1 and 1.0 SP3 are out. You can find links to download, newsgroups and information about what's in the service packs here .
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    Visual Studio 2005 Beta!

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    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...
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    Smart Client Developer Center

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    If you haven't seen it already, check out the Smart Client Developer Center on MSDN launched earlier this month. It's a great place to start if you are looking for any kind of information relating to client application development. It also has an RSS...
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    Client Settings - Part 3

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    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...
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    Designer Hosting in Whidbey

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    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...
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    Over 600 bloggers on blogs.msdn.com!

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    Wow - I just noticed the count of Microsoft bloggers on blogs.msdn.com alone has surpassed 600! And of the 7 bloggers I know of in my immediate team, 4 have their blogs on a server other than blogs.msdn.com. If you scale that up, the total number of Microsoft...
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    Strongly typed resource model in Whidbey

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    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...
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    Whidbey content on WindowsForms.net

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    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...
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    More bloggers from .Net Client

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    I just updated my post on fellow bloggers on the .Net Client team - we have two more! This is great - there is going to be a lot of useful content straight from the product team. Also, I have mentioned briefly in that post what feature areas each person...
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    What's this new GenerateMember property?

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    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...
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    New articles on Whidbey Windows Forms and ClickOnce

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    Nice overview of some of the new features in Windows Forms and ClickOnce (via Chris Sells' blog ).
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    Brian explains Components, Containers and Services

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    Brian blogs about the fundamental concepts of the .Net component model. The post is typical of Brian - his explanation is always crystal clear!
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    How to create non-rectangular Windows Forms applications

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    Ever wanted to write an app with forms that have arbitrary shapes rather than the usual rectangular windows? Mike Harsh describes on MSDN TV how you can accomplish this in Windows Forms, without writing a single line of code, using the RegionMaster controls...
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    Client Settings - Part 2

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    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...
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    Whidbey Community Preview is here!

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    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...
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    Why are the interop definitions in System.Windows.Forms internal?

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    In a comment on BradA's blog, Chris wonders why Windows Forms didn't expose the structures and p/invoke declarations it uses for interop. This would have saved users from having to redefine them for their own use. I guess there were mainly two reasons...
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    Windows Forms Markup

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    Check out Mike Harsh's post about Windows Forms Markup Language (WFML). The sample and article by Joe Stegman are up on windowsforms.net . Note that this is based on .Net Framework v1.1, so you can try it out today!
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