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Duncan Mackenzie has too much time on his hands

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    New *Free* Windows Forms Controls

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    Like a lot of other people, I've recently found Tim Dawson's Windows Forms controls along with a great set of useful articles... I'm particularly impressed with the design-time support he has built into these controls. Check them out if you are into Windows...
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    Digital Media and Media Center Topics

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    I'm getting back into my column writing, and I'm looking for topic suggestions... I actually have a long list of ideas already, but I'm always interested in hearing what you folks want to read about! So... suggest away! Feel free to include topics related...
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    New C# Home Page Design Up on MSDN

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    We've been playing with some new developer center home page designs, and we decided to update the C# site first. Check it out at http://msdn.microsoft.com/vcsharp/ and let me know what you think... Of special interest to the blogging folks, notice that...
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    Oooh, I always wanted to build one of those...

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    Actually, I've always wanted to mimic something simpler, just the error message and a more button to see the stack trace... but this component would be wonderful during a beta release, or as something that can be toggled on by the troubleshooting developer...
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    Modern Software Development in Visual Basic .NET

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    I blogged about it before, but there is a 15-part webcast series starting Tuesday February 3rd, presented by Dr. Joe Hummel , focused on Visual Basic .NET topics for the Visual Basic 6.0 developer (and others!). Check out all the details here !
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    Win32 API to .NET Framework mapping

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    http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/dndotnet/html/win32map.asp This article identifies the Microsoft .NET Framework version 1.0 or 1.1 APIs that provide similar functionality to Microsoft Win32 functions. One or more relevant...
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    Tonight's best posts...

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    Forgive me in advance... I'm not posting about .NET, in fact I'm not going to say much at all except to post to two great posts Chris Sells: Same-Sex Marriages *Should* Be Allowed Harry Pierson: In Support of Gay Marriage and then to a little...
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    Debugging Guide now available

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    Min Kwan Park , who works in QA on the C# team (responsible for debugger features) has compiled an amazing document for troubleshooting debugging issues in Visual Studio 2002 and 2003 ... check it out here
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    hey... want to come work at MSDN?

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    Turns out we (MSDN) are looking for a few good testers to come and work with us in Redmond... if you are interested in a position, and the following job description (which you may have also seen on Laura or Kent's blog...) is appealing, let us know via...
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    Great VB6 content at DevX

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    I was browsing DevX's Visual Basic Zone ( http://www.devx.com/vb ) and I found so much great stuff I just thought I'd better point out a couple of useful items; Printing Info for VB6 in two parts ( part 1 and part 2 ) and I also found http://www.freevbcode...
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    Bandwidth Drought

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    I'm off in Winnipeg, visiting relatives for Christmas, and I've been experiencing severe bandwidth issues. I brought my laptop along to do some work on my next book, check email and to play movies for my son, but I've barely even had it on. Dial-up isn...
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    SharpToolbox

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    Fabrice just sent me a note about http://SharpToolbox.com a huge directory of .NET tools and resources ... pretty cool site that I hadn't noticed before. Great... now I have to dig through it all... I hate the thought that I've missed out on something...
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    C# Splash Screen

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    From CodeProject.com (via James Avery's Blog ); A Pretty Good Splash Screen in C# - Tutorial on how to build a full featured splash page (includes fading, progress bar, etc)
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    Macros in VS.NET

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    I have to admit I haven't taken advantage of enough of VS.NET's capabilities... the ability to write macros alone should have resulted in a ton of useful little routines, but I have only written a few. One of the ones I use most often converts between a list of my internal member variables in a class... (view full post for more...)...
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    HREF EXEs are cool.

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    I have been, since I started using .NET, a big supporter of the 'Smart Client' or 'Rich Client' application . I've talked about it to people, I've dug deep into the underlying technology, I've built samples... big fan of the whole idea . On...
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    Creating a new account on blogger.com

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    In an earlier post , I mentioned wanting to create a blog for my wife... and based on a variety of great feedback through email and comments I decided to create an account on blogger.com , but I can't get it to work! I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong...
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    Idiocy in the name of love...

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    At the end of May, Oprah is coming to Seattle to do an all day workshop... and I really wanted to get my wife (and a friend) tickets. Well, when the day of ordering came I was swamped and it totally slipped my mind until the evening... at which point...
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    Very confusing discussions...

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    Some folks have been discussing the idea of paying for technical work ... well, they are actually talking about paying for technical work done over email... but what is the difference? I need some work done, whether that is easy or hard for the person...
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    New Dev Centers Are Up!!!

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    After many, many weeks of work by many, many people... the new developer centers are up on MSDN! Feel free to check out mine http://msdn.microsoft.com/vbasic/default.aspx (mine being a vague word that suggests I had a lot to do with and will have...
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    Better late than never... right?

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    My latest column is up on MSDN, Macro Madness , part of the ongoing Coding 4 Fun experience! Speaking of Coding 4 Fun, or the lack thereof... I'm sitting in a wireless lounge at TechEd, where I have spent most of my trip to Dallas... doing remote troubleshooting...
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    Multiple Methods for Auto-Updating, which to choose?

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    My last two posts mentioned two different ways of achieving similar results; deploying and updating an application over the Internet. Not suprisingly, I received a comment asking how do you determine which of the two methods to use, a very good question...
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    Feeling the Cache Love

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    I've been working on the business and data layers for a web system and, as you might expect, I've been making quite a bit of use of ASP.NET's caching system. Now, to test the business layer, I had gone ahead and set up a non-ASP.NET caching system as...
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    So many things going on at one time

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    It has been one of those days... so much content being worked on, almost none of it visible on MSDN yet... but it is coming! If you were watching closely (and I didn't expect you to be), you'll have noticed some subtle changes on the Dev Centers... my...
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    XML can so easily be abused...

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    I am getting really tired of seeing web services (or RSS feeds, or .NET methods, or anything else) with large blocks of complex, structured data that is exposed as "String". You call the web service, you get back this big string, which you then load into...
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    Ok, Matt Warren is just starting to freak me out...

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    If you haven't been reading his blog , then just let me point out that this post is completely consistent with all of his others... I'll let you decide if this is a good or bad thing :) ... .... I suspect that a whole hoard of you banded together to try...
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