Thom Robbins .NET Weblog

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

  • Thom Robbins .NET Weblog

    Mobile Web Development with ASP.NET 2.0

    • 13 Comments
    Download the PDF Mobile Web Development with ASP.NET 2.0 Overview Over the years Web application development has evolved from static HTML to more dynamic ASP.NET pages. However, this model has focused almost exclusively on delivering content...
  • Thom Robbins .NET Weblog

    The Code Camp Manifesto

    • 79 Comments
    The original Code Camp was a conglomeration of ideas by many different people across the development community. The idea was simple – provide an off hour forum for the development community to speak and share ideas for them to come and enjoy. The results...
  • Thom Robbins .NET Weblog

    Microsoft Pre-release Software Visual Studio Code Name "Orcas" - March 2007 Community Technology Preview (CTP)

    • 15 Comments
    In case you hadn’t heard. We have just released the March CTP for “Orcas” and the .NET Framework 3.5. Check out the VPC with the installed bits from here . As with all CTP’s it is important to provide any feedback. The .NET Framework 3.5 brings no breaking...
  • Thom Robbins .NET Weblog

    Showing Line Numbers with Visual Studio 2005

    • 8 Comments
    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...
  • Thom Robbins .NET Weblog

    How To: Hosting a WCF Service in IIS

    • 6 Comments
    How To: Hosting a WCF Service in IIS In this article we looked at the basics of Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and how it can be used to host a service within a Windows Form. In reality, many applications today already take advantage of IIS...
  • Thom Robbins .NET Weblog

    What is an Interface?

    • 1 Comments
    Interfaces help to define the various properties, methods and events that classes are able to implement. For developers these fine a small group of closely related properties, methods, and events. Additional feature and functionality can be added at any...
  • Thom Robbins .NET Weblog

    Integrating WCF with your existing ASMX Services

    • 3 Comments
    I am betting that you have at least one if not more ASMX services available today within your applications. So how do you get going with Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and maintain that existing code? In this article we will look at an example...
  • Thom Robbins .NET Weblog

    WCF and WSDL

    • 2 Comments
    By definition the Web Service Description Language (WSDL) is the XML based document that describes a Web Service. It specifies the location of the service and the operation or methods the service exposes. One of the nice features of both WCF and ASMX...
  • Thom Robbins .NET Weblog

    Creating an icon in the system tray

    • 7 Comments
    A standard part of many Windows forms applications is the system tray icon. Most commonly it is used to provide an application or event status. Tray icons are added to an application using the NotifyIcon control. It includes properties that simplify displaying...
  • Thom Robbins .NET Weblog

    Setting the Tab Order with Visual Studio 2005

    • 2 Comments
    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...
  • Thom Robbins .NET Weblog

    Introducing the XMLTextReader

    • 7 Comments
    The .NET Framework provides a variety of classes and methods to manipulate XML. However, many times an application requires read only access to an XML Data file. This is the perfect situation for the XMLReader. This abstract class provides a fast forward...
  • Thom Robbins .NET Weblog

    The Report Viewer Control

    • 3 Comments
    The report viewer control is a new feature of Visual Studio 2005. The report viewer makes it easy to embed reports directly into your application. It’s important to understand that this control operates in two modes. Using the server side mode you can...
  • Thom Robbins .NET Weblog

    Developing Mobile Applications with the Compact Framework 2.0

    • 2 Comments
    Download the PDF here Overvie w Cellular phones and PDA’s have changed the way we work. For many people the built in network connectivity, email synchronization and instant on capabilities make these devices an attractive alternative to bulkier...
  • Thom Robbins .NET Weblog

    How To: Building a WCF Service and consumer

    • 5 Comments
    How To: Building a WCF Service and consumer Do you see service everywhere? Alright I admit that may not be an original. However, with Windows Communication Foundation and the .NET Framework 3.0 you can.WCF is the unified programming model for building...
  • Thom Robbins .NET Weblog

    What is a GUID and how to create one?

    • 2 Comments
    Question: I am trying to create a unique identifier. I know that I want to create a GUID for this from what I have been reading. What is a GUID and how can I create one? Answer: By definition a Globally Unique Identifier (GUID) is a 128 bit integer that...
  • Thom Robbins .NET Weblog

    Sending an HTML Email with Visual Studio 2005

    • 9 Comments
    Question: I am trying to send an email with Visual Studio 2005 using System.Web.Mail and it keeps telling me that it is obsolete? What should I use? Also if you have an example of how to send an HTML email that would also help. Answer: Within Visual...
  • Thom Robbins .NET Weblog

    DataSet, DataRow and other things

    • 2 Comments
    Question: I am trying to understand the dataset and how I can use it. It looks like a really powerful feature but it has an incredible amount of objects. It seems to me that I should be able to do simple things like create and edit values. But for the...
  • Thom Robbins .NET Weblog

    Building a Site Map with Visual Studio 2005

    • 2 Comments
    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...
  • Thom Robbins .NET Weblog

    Retrieving the Domain Name and Host Name with VB.NET

    • 0 Comments
    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...
  • Thom Robbins .NET Weblog

    XML Comments with Visual Studio 2005 and Visual Basic

    • 1 Comments
    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...
  • Thom Robbins .NET Weblog

    Introducing the <DataContract>

    • 2 Comments
    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...
  • Thom Robbins .NET Weblog

    Announcing the New York City Code Camp!

    • 1 Comments
    I am happy to announce that New York City will host its very first Code Camp on June 25, 2005 at the Microsoft Office. I understand that the final details are being worked out and there will be a call for speakers and registration information shortly...
  • Thom Robbins .NET Weblog

    Turning Off Alerts in Windows SharePoint Services

    • 0 Comments
    Question: I am planning on updating a bunch of my SharePoint sites next week. This will involve a variety of changes and I am worried about generating a bunch of Alerts for my portal users that won’t make sense. Honestly, I just want to turn off Alerts...
  • Thom Robbins .NET Weblog

    Introducing Web Parts with Visual Studio 2005

    • 6 Comments
    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...
  • Thom Robbins .NET Weblog

    Bluetooth Library

    • 2 Comments
    Very nice managed Bluetooth library for Windows Mobile that looks to make it extremely easy write Bluetooth apps.
Page 1 of 35 (858 items) 12345»