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November 2003 - Posts

TransLabel and TransPanel's Revenge (Developing Owner Drawn User Controls - Part 2)

The second installment to the Developing Owner Drawn User Controls is now live. I've also made a few updates to the first article to reflect some of the changes. The second article extends the semi-transparent theme by adding a label control to the mix.
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New Article (Series) - Walkthrough: Developing Owner Drawn User Controls - Part 1 (TransPanel)

Part one of a collection of walkthroughs that details the creation of several user controls that follow a theme. The theme being semi-transparent controls that allow you to set the opacity level (similar in look to Windows Media Center Edition). However,
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.NET Application Memory Flush via Interop

Holy crap!!! My application is taking up too much memory and it's just a default form? What is going on here? Well, this is actually normal with an application utilizing the .NET Framework. Many things are happening when you launch your application such
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Whidbey replacements to existing .NET 1.1 methods

Brad Abrams points out an interesting list of various namespace methods that are being rendered obsolete . In addition to the list of methods, he includes some notes about each item and their possible replacements. Here's what he has to say: We are working
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Project Mono... VB.NET commitment! Finally!

Novell and Miguel de Icaza have posted the Mono Project Roadmap outlining the release schedule of upcoming versions of Mono. What's interesting to me is the section under Mono 1.2 that states: New compilers: VB.NET and JScript support. What's important
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Project Gotham Racing 2

Well, if you liked the first one... you going to definately like this one. I managed to get a copy of it a bit early (a sticker on it stated not to be sold until 11/18/2003). Of course, I haven't tested out the vs. play on Live! just yet, since it looks
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MP3.com no more? Acquired by CNET.

I received the via email: CNET Networks, Inc announced today that it has acquired certain assets of MP3.com, Inc. Please be advised that on Tuesday, December 2, 2003 at 12:00 PM PST the MP3.com website will no longer be accessible in its current form.
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How to cause Visual Studio .NET run out of memory ;-)

I'm attempting to create a re-usable version of my semi-transparent panel control (TransPanel). Not much of a problem, all of the GDI+ code has been created previously. Of course, I'm also creating a semi-transparent label control (TransLabel) to complement
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Virtual ListView (or "How to view 50,000 items in a ListView without dieing of old age.")

Have you ever needed to populate a listview with thousands of items? I have and lemme tell you, it's not the highest performing thing around. The only built in mechanism to help you out is to turn of the updating of the screen during the population. However,
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Application Compatibility and future .NET versions

If you have a moment, take some time to read through Chris Brumme's entry about Application Compatibility . I've been staying away from directing people to information pertaining to PDC, Longhorn and Whidbey, however, this one is a must read and effects
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G. Andrew Duthie in Fort Worth, TX

Just passing the word that G. Andrew Duthie will be in Fort Worth, TX at the Fort Worth .NET Users Group on November 18th at 6:00pm. If your going to be in Fort Worth, TX (or even Dallas), be sure to attend this if your in any tiny bit interested in ASP.NET
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Adventures in Win32/Interop - Episode 1

I've just posted what will be a series of articles on Win32/Interop. This first article focuses on explaining what Interop is, why it's important and some tips on how to find the necessary information in order to implement Win32/Interop functions within
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Refactoring in VB.NET - Suggestions As Requested

OK, I can't believe how much traffic has surrounded the whole VB.NET and Refactoring topic. The reason why I can't believe the amount of traffic is that the whole thing was kicked off with the following where Paul Vick states : Some of these features
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Software Installation/Update via Internet Patented (SlashDot) - Ummm... wrong!

It's this kind of crap that causes confusion in technology. This was posted to slashdot.org : RKBA writes "My wife just handed me an article from the Wednesday, October 22, 2003 issue of the Wall Street Journal about a tiny Austin, TX company called Bluecurrent
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Refactoring/VB.NET - Two Options

I've done a bit more thinking on this. I see the whole thing from two perspectives. The first, if these tools are going to be collectively put together under some menu item, then sure, call it 'refactor'. I don't know what else it would be called and
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The whole Refactoring/VB.NET debate

Refactoring? What's that? Wow, what do you know, you can find out the answer by going to the Refactoring Home Page ; however, to summarize: Refactoring is a technique to restructure code in a disciplined way. For a long time it was a piece of programmer
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.NET Developer Tools Essential List

Although there are a couple of developer tools listings floating around, I still get a lot of people asking me what tools do I find indespensible. I've started to put together an essential tools list so I can just point people to this as a reference.
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Working with .TEXT (Part 4)

I finally got around to updating the overall look of the site to get it to look somewhat similar to when I was using BlogX. A couple of things to note: It would be nice to be able to specify some sort of image when adding a link to Links. Right now I
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Free PDC sessions on DVD!!!!

OK, so I'm kidding. However, I would like to point out a few things to those that are complaining that Microsoft is not giving these away for free and how they wouldn't be willing to spend $20 for it. There are a couple of points that these people are
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