Continued search for Small Business Developers and Chapter 2 of Petzold's book (finally!)

Continued search for Small Business Developers and Chapter 2 of Petzold's book (finally!)

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I've attached the chapter 2 Visual Basic.NET code for the ongoing project of converting Peztold's Applications = Code + Markup book on WPF proramming.  I am happy to say that Young from my team is going to help with this effort so you will see these chapters coming out more frequently.

Also, we are about to close the doors on our intial sweep of bringing in our fellow small business developers to help us shape Visual Basic.  As a note, I should mention that if you or someone you know is still using VB6 or has switched to another technology, we are very intersted in talking with you.  A few links are included here. 

If you are a consultant/small business developer (and that is really anyone out there who writes software for small businesses) please use the following sign up sheet:

If you are an IT developer who builds departmental level applications, please sign up here:

And most importantly, if you are in the puget sound area, after signing up, please email and cc' myself


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  • 5 years is our normal application life cycle and some systems are almost 10 years old.  Therefore, we have classic asp, ASP.NET 1.x, ASP.NET 2.x, VB 6, VB.NET 1.x, VB.NET 2.0, C# 1.x, C# 2.x applications in production.    It is difficult or impossible to get budget to port to the latest framework or rewrite these applications.  They are usually decommissioned and replaced after 5 years.  We now stick with one set of technology, C#.NET 2.x winforms or ASP, for all new systems since we are now paying the cost of picking whatever language the developer was most familiar as well as integrating external frameworks whether they have decent support (e.g., Microsoft application blocks) or are largely unsupported (most open source tools fall into this category and having the source code doesn't help as it costs too many man hours to understand and fix the open source code) .

  • A few days ago, Patrick Dengler from the VB Team released more VB WPF samples based on Charles Petzold's

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