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  • Blog Post: Introduction to Building XML Web Services with ASMX

    Download PDF Version Download Samples The Web Service standards define how to build application functionality that is made available to remote machines using generally available Internet protocols. The Web part defines how application functionality is accessed. The services relate to the idea...
  • Blog Post: An Introduction to Building XML Web Services with ASMX

    An Introduction to Building XML Web Services with ASMX By Thom Robbins ( trobbins@microsoft.com ) Download PDF Version Download Samples Overview The Web Service standards define how to build application functionality that is made available to remote machines using generally available...
  • Blog Post: Introducing the <DataContract>

    As we have seen in previous articles . Creating a Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) service begins with annotating the class with a <ServiceContract> attribute and an <OperationContract> for each exposed operation. The design of WCF uses these attributes to expose the service endpoints...
  • Blog Post: RC of MSDNWiki available

    In case you haven’t seen it. The MSDN library has recently made available a Community Content feature for the Visual Studio 2005 documentation and the .NET 3.0 Class Library on MSDN Online. This feature is designed to allow the community of developers worldwide to extend the official online documentation...
  • Blog Post: Looking at Assembly Information

    Assembly information is an important part of building an application. This is what gets generated to the executable during compilation. How can you see where this data gets published? Within in a Windows application select the project properties From the application tab select Assembly information...
  • Blog Post: Environment.SpecialFolder

    A very useful environment enumeration is SpecialFolder. This provides an enumeration to special folders like My Pictures or the Startup menu. These folders are set by default by the system, or explicitly by the user. For example, ever try to get at a list of files contained in somebody’s MyPicture directory...
  • Blog Post: Adding items to the task list

    Many times I like to make a note of things that I need to do later or things I haven’t completed yet inline with my code. Using Visual Studio 2005 you have the ability to change or add items that show up in the comments section of the task list. This makes it easier to go back later and find these. ...
  • Blog Post: Try out a Microsoft Virtual Lab Express

    Virtual Lab Express is the fastest and easiest way to test drive Microsoft products and the Virtual Lab environment. These are 20-minute hands-on overviews of some of your favorite Microsoft products and developer tools. Try them out online now - no need to download full trial versions or dedicate test...
  • Blog Post: Showing Line Numbers with Visual Studio 2005

    While presenting recently I was asked how I was able to line numbers in my code. I often find it a nice feature while doing demos to have line numbers turned on. I think it makes it easier to view the code. With Visual Studio 2005 this is actually very easy to do. Select Tools- Options and within...
  • Blog Post: Windows SDK .NET Framework 3.0 Samples

    The Windows SDK samples for .NET Framework 3.0 include samples for .NET Framework 2.0, Windows Communication Foundation, Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Workflow Foundation, and Cross Technology samples. These samples can be downloaded from here
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Readiness Hands on Lab

    Check out this set of Hands on Lab designed to educate developers on known Microsoft Windows Vista application compatibility issues. This process will walk the developer through specifics, focusing on solutions that will enable customers running your application to have a better experience on Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: The Microsoft Internet Explorer AddOn Contest Official Rules

    Write an IE 7 addon and win a cool prize! The " Internet Explorer AddOn " Contest (the "Contest") is a skill contest in which participants are asked to create an extension program (AddOn) for the Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) browser. Entries will be judged based on the criteria listed below. The...
  • Blog Post: Connections Session

    Thanks to everyone that attended the Connections session that we did hear yesterday in Las Vegas. In case you couldn’t attend the session materials for: Introduction to .NET 3.0 Welcome to the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0, the new managed code programming model for Windows. If you want to create visually...
  • Blog Post: .NET Framework 3.0 Released

    It’s finally released and available! Check out the installation instructions here . Congratulations to the entire team!
  • Blog Post: Check out the pilot program for downloadable hotfixes!

    The goal of this pilot is to provide you with direct access to the most requested hotfixes that are produced for our developer tools. A hotfix is a single package that includes one or more files that is used to address a very specific customer problem with a product. You’ll find a description and download...
  • Blog Post: Starting a command line browser

    Question: I have what may sound like a bit odd of a question that I am hoping you may be able to help with or point me in the right direction. There is a console application that is used in part of our application. It has been a fairly long time since I had to write one of these and it has been a definite...
  • Blog Post: Building Solutions Using the Latest-Generation Microsoft Application Platform

    Thanks to everyone that attended my recent presentation on Building Solutions Using the Latest-Generation Microsoft Application Platform. This session covered some of the industry trends and an overview of the .NET Framework 3.0. As promised I have posted the slide deck for download here .
  • Blog Post: .NET University

    A fantastic idea by Doug ! .NET University is a way for anyone to get to a set of overview courseware for each of the 4 new technologies associated with .NET 3.0, which is currently RC1. Each lecture is 75 minutes, each lab is 30 minutes, so all content can be completed in a full day. It is not advanced...
  • Blog Post: Collection 5134 : Developing Rich Experiences with Microsoft® .NET Framework 3.0 and Visual Studio® 2005

    Collection 5134 : Developing Rich Experiences with Microsoft® .NET Framework 3.0 and Visual Studio® 2005 This collection of 3 2-hour premium clinics teaches about the new capabilities provided by the .NET Framework 3.0. These clinics are for experienced Developers and Software Architects...
  • Blog Post: Sandcastle - September 2006 Community Technology Preview (CTP)

    Sandcastle produces accurate, MSDN style, comprehensive documentation by reflecting over the source assemblies and optionally integrating XML Documentation Comments. Sandcastle has the following key features: · Works with or without authored comments · Supports Generics and .NET Framework 2.0 ...
  • Blog Post: Setting the Tab Order with Visual Studio 2005

    Tab order is used to determine which control gets focus and can accept keyboard input. It’s called tab order because you can change focus from control to control using the TAB key in a Windows form or the soft input panel in a mobile application. Tab order is an important aspect in making sure that you...
  • Blog Post: Dynamic controls and event handlers

    Question : I am trying to create an ASP.NET 2.0 Web site with dynamic controls. Really what I am looking for is basically to have a label and a button on the page. When the user clicks the button I need to set the text field of the label to some value. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to figure it out. How...
  • Blog Post: Looking at Visual Studio 2005 Tools for Office

    The Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Tools for the Microsoft Office System brings significant enhancements to the development of business solutions that rely on solutions based on Office, Excel, InfoPath and Outlook 2003. Extending the previous versions, the integration of these tools into Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: Looking at Themes and Skins

    In this screencast available here we take a look at one of the new features of ASP 2.0 called Themes and Skins. A theme is a collection of property settings that allow a Web page to define a common look and for pages and controls. Themes are made up of elements: skins, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), images...
  • Blog Post: Retrieving the Domain Name and Host Name with VB.NET

    Question: My Company is in the process of building an application that needs to retrieve the machine’s domain name and host name for use within the application. I have been looking around and this seems to be a bit more complex than I had thought. Any ideas how I might be able to do this? Answer:...
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