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Duncan Mackenzie has too much time on his hands

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    Previewing my "Quick Vote" article...

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    I've put the draft of my next Coding 4 Fun column ('Duncan Mackenzie describes his process to build a "Quick Poll" using Visual Basic and ASP.NET.') up onto my personal site, click here to check it out.
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    Books, Books, Books...

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    I've been thinking about books and the MSDN developer centers for some time... I've been wondering what we should do in terms of highlighting books on the MSDN site. Do you want reviews ? Top x Books by topic area (Beginning VB.NET, Data Access...
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    We have a bit of a cluster in my poll results...

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    I'm running a poll on http://www.duncanmackenzie.net to see what topics I should write about next in my Coding 4 Fun column ... There are 7 choices in total, but 3 are getting the lion's share of the votes... Game Dev (a 'battleship' networked game, etc...
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    Stuck on a problem opening vbproj or csproj files...

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    On my home dev box I couldn't seem to open any of my projects (VB or C#), and whenever I tried I got this useful error; The application for project 'C:\Documents and Settings\Duncanma\My Documents\Visual Studio Projects\ConsoleApplication1\ConsoleApplication1...
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    Getting the right Printer Margin Bounds when working in Windows Forms...

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    a Code Project link, via Darth Pedro's blog ... .NET: Printer Margin Bounds in .NET There's a very good Code Project article by Philippe Leybaert on getting the appropriate printer margin bounds so that what you print from you WinForms application...
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    Robert gives up an update on the VB.NET Power Pack

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    VB Power Pack Update It’s been a little over a month since we shipped the Power Pack. As of this morning, the controls have been downloaded 17,401 times!! And there are more than 100 members of the Power Pack Workspace ( link ). Nathan Blecharczyk...
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    Partial types in Visual Basic .NET

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    Partial types have come up a few times lately , and I wasn't sure they had been explained/defined before... so, I stole some prose from another document on this topic, cut and pasted some VB code from VS 2005 and here you go
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    Partial types in Visual Basic .NET

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    While it is good programming practice to maintain all source code for a type in a single file, sometimes a type becomes large enough that this is an impractical constraint. Furthermore, programmers often use source code generators (like the Windows Forms...
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    Cool Quote from the "My" chat going on right now...

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    Tyler_MS : Q: Is "My" customizable so that people can create their own "shortcuts" to frequently used sections? Tyler_MS : A: Yes, it is customizable. It is done via partial classes. We will be writing a whitepaper on how to do it. You can add things...
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    Default Values, Triggers, and Code supplied values ... oh my!

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    In an earlier post , I mentioned that I use a trigger to update a "DateCreated" field in one of my tables... and various people commented on this... asking "why not pass in a value in your Insert?" or "why not use a default value?" Since I feel that replying...
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    "Express Paint" article up...

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    This article, by John Kennedy , discusses the creation of an image editing application completely built with C# Express Edition. ExpressPaint Summary: Use C# Express to create an image processing application that's ideal for putting the final touch to...
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    New Poll is up and a silly mistake...

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    One of the big reasons I redesigned the poll component , was so that I could track votes over time... I did this by adding a 'dateVoted' column to my vote table, and then using an “On Insert” trigger to set that column to the current date...
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    Andrew Troelsen's Refactoring Article is up...

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    Refactoring C# Code Using Visual Studio 2005 Andrew W. Troelsen Intertech Training Summary: This article examines the role of code refactoring, and the refactoring techniques supported by Visual Studio 2005. (23 printed pages)
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    Get a listing of all the upcoming VB Chats

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    Chats on Visual Basic 2005 For the past year, I've been organizing the Visual Basic chats that appear at http://msdn.microsoft.com/chats/ . For the most part, these chats focused on answering your questions about Visual Basic. Naturally, now that the...
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    Generics in VB 2005 Article now live on MSDN...

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    Defining and Using Generics in Visual Basic 2005 Harish Kantamneni Visual Basic Team Microsoft Corporation July 2004 Summary : Provides an overview of the generics feature in Visual Basic 2005, and explains the basic concepts involved in defining and...
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    Going on now... chat with the VB and ASP teams about building Web Forms with VB.NET 2003

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    Web Forms Development with Visual Basic .NET 2003 Do you have questions about how to create great ASP.NET applications with Visual Basic .NET? Join members of the Visual Basic and Web Forms teams for a discussion about getting the most out of your Web...
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    Webcast today on the new features of VB 2005...

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    In case you didn't notice this on the /vbasic home page... MSDN Webcast: New Features for Visual Basic 2005 Developers Friday, July 02, 2004 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) In this webcast, you'll learn about the new...
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    Cool new MSDN TV (on creating a RSS reader that runs as a tool window in VS)

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    Building Tools Using the Visual Studio Automation Model In this episode, Craig Skibo uses the Visual Studio .NET 2003 automation model to build a tool window hosted within Visual Studio that allows you to read blog postings.
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    Luke Hoban blogs on...

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    Luke, a PM on the C# IDE team has started a blog... should be a good source of info, especially around the new Express Edition. Intro + C# Express ... The project that I’ve been working on for most of my time at Microsoft is the Visual C#...
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    My new Coding 4 Fun Column is up on MSDN...

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    How Long Now? Summary: Duncan Mackenzie describes how to calculate the difference between two dates in Visual Basic .NET, and builds an application that counts down to the release of Halo 2.
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    Another new article posted yesterday... "What's New In Help for VB 2005"

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    What's New in Help for Visual Basic 2005 Beta 1 Find out about the newest Help features in Visual Basic 2005 Beta 1, including distinguishing Visual Basic from other languages, more task-oriented topics, and an emphasis on code examples.
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    Operator Overloading in VB 2005

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    Matthew Gertz, Dev Lead for the VB Compiler, Editor & Debugger team has written an article on operator overloading in Visual Basic 2005... Operator Overloading In Visual Basic 2005 Operator Overloading, new to Visual Basic 2005, simplifies the use...
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    Spiderman 2... the game, not the movie...

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    I had been planning to go to Spiderman 2 last night at 12:01 am... but I decided to skip it instead... so I went out during the day and spent my Father's Day gift (a gift certificate for Best Buy... my wife made a great choice) on a wireless xbox controller...
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    Visual Studio 2005 Beta 1 and the Express Edition Betas have launched...

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    Ah, launch day... what else would have most of my colleagues sitting in their offices at 12:30 am in the morning on a Monday... and there isn't a single Halo game running!! So, if you haven't heard... the official site for Visual Studio 2005 Beta 1 is...
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    Eric Gunnerson discusses grouping classes within an assembly...

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    As a big fan of components, my applications are often composed of many different assemblies... essentially I break out anything that seems 'ready to reuse'... but perhaps I should reconsider? Grouping classes in an assembly This useful bit of information...
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