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Duncan Mackenzie has too much time on his hands

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    pinvoke.net ... a place to post and find all the Win32 API signatures you need ...

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    Adam Nathan has created a home for a ton of PInvoke signatures , organized by Module/DLL and pre-populated ( by the man himself ) with a ton of the most common signatures... I'll let the site describe itself with this text from the "What is this site...
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    A love little samples like this...

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    From Justin Rogers A conversion from integer to long form english... I could write that ;-) [Editorial note: A more complete sample is available through article: http://weblogs.asp.net/justin_rogers/articles/151757.aspx ] I find little conversion functions...
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    Whidbey docs up on MSDN's lab servers...

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    Check out this link to go right to the VB section... lots of great info in there... or check out the C# section here . (found via the VSTO2 blog... ) Note that this is not a prototype of the next version of MSDN... it is intended to be consumed...
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    Draft posts... what should they display for 'date posted'?

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    I've been using unpublished posts as a way to create planned blog posts for later... then, when I have a chance I go back and finish them up and mark them as 'Published'... but I just noticed that when I do that, the published date is the date on which...
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    More playing with ASP.NET

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    As with my earlier messing around with a poll, I took a concept from the www.asp.net site today and made my own "CheckDotNet.aspx" page. The one on www.asp.net only checks for the .NET Framework 1.0 or better, so I modified the logic to detect 1.1 and...
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    Just saw a concert... already have the live CD...

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    It is like bootleg concert recordings but the quality is better and I had to pay for it :) Tonight my wife and I went out to a Jewel Concert , which was great... although our position on the grass gave us a better view of one of the main support poles...
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    Has anyone tried migrating posts from weblogs.asp.net to another .Text installation?

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    I've set up my own little .Text installation and I'm considering copying (not removing the existing versions) posts to my installation so that I still have a visible archive... has anyone done this before? Happen to have created a tool or script to...
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    The Updater Application Block... various additions...

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    One of the nice things about the Updater Application Block is that it was written to be quite extensible... I saw a post today where SamSantiago mentioned he had created a custom class to delete all those old versions on your machine whenever you do an...
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    Updated the headlines on the VB Community page today...

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    http://msdn.microsoft.com/vbasic/community I added a little blurb at the top asking folks to send in any ideas they have for this page, please use it... I try to scan the community sites regularly but I'm certainly missing a lot of stuff. If you see something...
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    Jesse Liberty, author of one of my favorite books (Clouds to Code) gives an overview of "My" in Visual Basic 2005

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    Blurb copied using the cool "Blog This" link on the ondotnet pages :) Rapid Application Development with VB.NET 2.0 by Jesse Liberty -- For a couple of years now, Jesse Liberty been touting the Microsoft endorsed-sentiment that it really doesn't matter...
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    Previews of articles...

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    A couple of weeks ago I posted my "Quick Poll" Coding 4 Fun column in its unedited form... was that useful? If it was, I can continue to do that with my articles ... basically posting my version of them up in advance onto www.duncanmackenzie.net and then...
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    ReSharper 1.0 Released...

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    From their site... "ReSharper is an add-in for Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 that brings intelligent C# coding assistance, real-time error highlighting, and refactoring features to this popular development platform." More info here...
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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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    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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    C# TechEd Page started...

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    I've put a few of the sessions up here ... more to follow!
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    Visual Basic Power Pack Article Up on MSDN

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    If you follow other people's blogs, then you've probably heard about the Power Pack by now, but I'm happy to annouce that the overview article (complete with pictures!!) is available on MSDN! Check it out by clicking here!
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    Mark Davis discusses a C# feature....

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    and it isn't about Whidbey, oh my... :) Visual C# 2003 "Implement Interface" feature Just discovered a great tip for Visual C# 2003. If you implement an interface (or event/delegate) on your class and don't want to type all the methods, just type the...
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    Very Very Cool... 3D Pie Chart in C#

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    In yet another great article from CodeProject, Julijan Sribar describes the details of drawing out a 3D Pie Chart , and not only does it work, but his explanation is exteremely clear, detailed and includes lots of diagrams that really add to the explanation...
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    Paul Vick discusses the question that just won't go away... VB or C#?

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    I get this question a lot, and I explain many of the same things that Paul goes through in this post, so I'd love it if more people would read this material: The "native" .NET language? In the comments on my post on language choice , Patrick asked “isn...
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    TechEd and Rio... IV?

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    Like Eric , Brad , and Paul I will be at TechEd and am participating in the Rio tool for meetings. Feel free to look me up and schedule something if you'd like to talk about.... umm... VB / C# / Coding 4 Fun / MSDN ... or whatever...
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    I've started up a Blog for Frequently Asked Questions about VB.NET

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    Visual Basic 2003 or 2005 (Whidbey) questions are welcome... just come on over and post your thoughts: http://blogs.msdn.com/vbfaq/
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    Digital Destiny

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    Was it fate, or mere coincidence? Today, I checked out a little online message board where MSFT employees sell/trade various used items (computers, appliances, furniture, baby clothes... whatever) and someone was selling one of those new Samsung DVD players...
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    They had me... and then... they lost me

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    I don't know if it is just me, but there are some times when a new product comes out and they have me from the moment I see the ad; the price is right, the features are exactly what I am looking for, etc... Well, that happened this weekend... I have been...
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    Visual Basic Bloggers Revisited

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    "anon" (why not leave a name, it is much more fun) posted a comment in response to my previous entry , asking why am I including Brad Abrams and Chris Brumme... as they are not VB-specific... Perhaps I need to be clearer about my intent. "I'm interested...
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    Punitive User Interfaces

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    A discussion on making web forums into more than just technical support, and avoiding user interface validation that scolds the user for not following your data entry rules....
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