Thom Robbins .NET Weblog

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

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    The Code Camp Manifesto

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    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...
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    Announcing: Will Code for Device!

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    Want a Mobile Device? Mobile applications are quickly becoming an essential component of application development. One of the things that many people don’t realize is that any .NET developer is already a mobile developer! We are taking the Mobile Message...
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    Changing Times

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    It’s hard to believe that I have been with Microsoft for almost six years. I started in early 2000 as part of Microsoft Consulting Services and about two years later moved into my current role as the Developer Evangelist for New England . It’s been an...
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    Microsoft Pre-release Software Visual Studio Code Name "Orcas" - March 2007 Community Technology Preview (CTP)

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    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...
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    Code Camp III: The Madness!

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    The sessions for Code Camp III: The Madness just continues to roll in. The current count is: Smart Client – 21 Web Track – 22 Data Track – 18 That is a grand total of 61 sessions! That is incredible and shows the power of the community and their interest...
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    Mobile Web Development with ASP.NET 2.0

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    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...
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    Code Camp 5: Code Frenzy!

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    Hold the date for Code Camp 5: Code Frenzy! On May 6/7 in the Microsoft Waltham office. More details including the call for speakers and registration coming soon.
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    Code Camp 3 - The Sessions

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    Well the sessions are starting to come for Code Camp 3. We have some great ones and even more coming. I have to say that the Data Track folks are coming out strong with some serious sessions! Looks like the community is speaking and they want to hear...
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    What’s outside your Conference Room?

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    Attending a meeting today in Waltham and had a chance to look out the conference room window. To my surprise what do I see hanging out? What’s outside you conference room?
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    Code Camp 6: Devs on a Plane

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    Code Camp 6: Devs on a Plane Version 6.0 of the ever popular and "original" Code Camp promises to be the best yet! Oct 21 2006 9:00 AM - Oct 22 2006 4:00 PM Microsoft Waltham 201 Jones Road Waltham , Ma. Microsoft New England District...
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    Sending an HTML Email with Visual Studio 2005

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    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...
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    Mini-Code Camp Called because of blizzard

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    It is with great regret that we have made the decision to cancel today’s Mini-Code Camp. The state has requested that people stay of the roads because of snow drifts and blizzard conditions. Safety is one of the most important concerns that we have in...
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    Will you be at Code Camp 4?

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    Announcing - Code Camp 4: Developers Gone Wild September 24/25, 2005 Register Today September 24 – 8:30 AM – 9PM September 25 – 8:30 AM – 4PM Microsoft Waltham 201 Jones Rd. Waltham , Ma. Call for Speakers Are...
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    Mini Code Camp - SQL Server Programming: From 2000 to 2005

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    Register Now Saturday, October 22 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Microsoft Waltham Office 201 Jones Road , 6th Floor Waltham , Massachusetts 02451 United States Join us for a unique Mini Code Camp on SQL Server presented by Adam Machanic...
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    Screencasts Are Here

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    In case you haven’t seen them. The folks at Channel 9 have done a great job with their redesign. As part of the new design they have agreed to the Screencasts that we have been doing. So check them out! <<View Screencast Directory>>
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    Showing Line Numbers with Visual Studio 2005

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    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...
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    Adding items to the task list

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    Many times I like to make a note of things that I need to do later or things I haven’t completed yet inline with my code. Using Visual Studio 2005 you have the ability to change or add items that show up in the comments section of the task list. This...
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    Creating an icon in the system tray

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    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...
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    Star Wars is Coming to New England - Are you ready?

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    Attend a Free Star Wars Preview and Celebration including the 1 st New England Costume Pageant Microsoft is sponsoring an exclusive free private showing of Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and you are invited! Space is limited so make sure you...
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    Adding the Browser Control with VS 2003

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    Question: I am in the middle of writing my first Windows Form application using Visual Studio .NET 2003. So far the application is going well. I am struggling with a few of the design requirements. I have one that I am hoping you can help me with. Part...
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    Introducing the XMLTextReader

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    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...
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    Will I see you there?

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    via http://www.bostondotnet.org Wednesday 10.6.2004 Cabana Night MSFT Waltham Register The No-Seminar Zone The popular TechEd 2004 Cabanas Cabana Night is an opportunity to get any and all questions answered by a who's who of New England .NET experts...
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    The Occasionally Connected Application

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    The occasionally connected application is becoming an important part of many enterprises. The goal of these types of applications is to provide a consistent and reliable experience for users regardless of their current network status. Of course for developers...
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    Announcing Code Camp 5: Code Frenzy!

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    Register Saturday, May 6,7 2006 May 6 – 8:30 AM – 9PM May 7 – 8:30 AM – 4PM Microsoft Waltham Office 201 Jones Road , 6th Floor Waltham , Massachusetts 02451 United States Call for Speakers Are you a developer interested...
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    Own a Treo 700w?

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    If you haven’t seen this already, the Messaging and Security Feature pack for the Verizon Treo 700w is available. The install I just completed was pretty painless and well worth it! http://www.palm.com/us/support/downloads/treo700wupdater/verizon...
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