Thom Robbins .NET Weblog

A blog of the technical and only sometimes uneventful side of programming in .NET and life within Microsoft

May, 2005

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    XML Comments with Visual Studio 2005 and Visual Basic

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    Visual Studio 2005 provides a variety of new features. One of those is to provide XML comments within Visual Basic. XML based comments allows developers to add structured documentation to the code. In order to use this feature within a code file you simply...
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    Introducing the Class Designer

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    The Class Designer is a new visual tool in Visual Studio 2005 that is used to examine and manipulate the structure of classes and other types. The Class Designer provides a synchronized editing relationship between the visual palette and the applications...
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    SQL Server 2005/Visual Studio 2005/BizTalk 2006 Connected Systems Developer Competition

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    One of my favorite things is to give away free stuff for great code! If you haven’t seen this competition - it looks incredible! Do You Dare? Show the world what a great developer you are and have the chance to win $50,000 USD and a trip to the...
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    Where you there?

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    Well after a couple of days out of town, I wanted to post some of the pictures from our recent Star Wars preview. Yes – when held at gunpoint I can make decisions quickly! Everybody should notice my friend and the local RD Patrick Hynds in the background...
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    Building a Site Map with Visual Studio 2005

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    Site maps are a visual way to show the layout of a Web site. Similar to an organization chart of an organization, it provides similar types of services for a Web application. It helps to break down the Web site content into increasingly specific subject...
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    Star Wars this afternoon

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    There is still some room left for the private Star Wars showing this afternoon. Should be a great way to wind down the week. <Register for Private Movie Showing here> For today we will start the Pageant at 1PM with the movie starting...
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    Introducing Login Controls

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    Question: During the recent Beta 2 Events that I attended, you mentioned the Login Controls within ASP 2.0 and Visual Studio 2005. I took a look at them and don’t quite understand how they work. It seems that they can be hooked up but, I can’t figure...
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    Star Wars is Coming to New England - Are you ready?

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    Attend a Free Star Wars Preview and Celebration including the 1 st New England Costume Pageant Microsoft is sponsoring an exclusive free private showing of Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and you are invited! Space is limited so make sure you...
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    Introducing Web Parts with Visual Studio 2005

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    ASP 2.0 introduces a variety of new features and enhancements. One of these is Web parts. Although, the idea isn’t new, the direct inclusion within ASP.NET is an important enhancement. In this short video, I take a look at Web part within the ASP 2.0...
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    Beta 2 Events

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    With two events down and two more to go the buzz around Visual Studio 2005 is getting bigger. For those that have attended the recent Beta 2 events being done by the New England Developer Team, I wanted to post the session material. When prompted...
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    The No Code Approach to Data Access

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    ASP.NET has always been a great tool for writing data driven applications. The problem was often that the amount of code needed could be a bit overwhelming to do even simple things. The good news is that with Visual Studio 2005 this becomes surprisingly...
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    Introducing Master Pages

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    Master pages are one of my absolute favorite features of ASP 2.0. A master page is a template that is used to define the overall look and feel of an ASP.NET Web application. In previous versions of ASP.NET, this problem was somewhat solved by embedding...
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    Quick Overview of ClickOnce

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    I was talking with a local customer the other day that was in the process of designing their next generation enterprise architecture. Their current architecture was really a mix of applications and data silos spread across many different systems. As part...
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