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March 2005 - Posts

Split'ing Strings and the Performance Implications

Jason IM'd me with a question last night about how to split a string using a delimiter with multiple characters. Of course, my first answer was to use the VB Split method (he's doing this from C#). He also found that there is another way using System.Text.RegularExpressions.RegEx.Split
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What's wrong with this picture?

Am I the only one that sees a problem with this picture? Leave a comment with you answer... [ update ] Jeff and John (in the comments) commented with the correct answer... it's the fact that the upgrading experience has a mixture of components that are
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Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit 4.0 - Mixed feelings...

After waiting for nearly two years for a new release of this product, I have to say I'm having some seriously mixed feelings. According to the Windows Application Compatibility page, it states: The first questions that many customers ask once they decide
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VB.NET Coding Guidelines

After receiving input from several individuals, I've decided to publish the VB.NET Coding Guidelines . I'm not a big fan of coding “standards”, but do subscribe to the idea of trying to keep a little consistency in your coding practices. I'm
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Solitaire (written in VB.NET)

I've finished working through the existing issues list for the C# version (available GotDotNet ) for bugs and missing features. I've implemented the missing features in my VB.NET version (although, they may not be feature complete due to the .NET Frameworks
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C#->VB.NET Porting Gotchas: Math

OK, this is not supposed to be one of those C# vs. VB.NET bashing contests, so please don't let it turn into such. I'm planning on creating a series of posts on areas where when you port code from C# to VB.NET you might run into some problems. So to kick
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Doh!... it's 2:41 am... I really need to get to bed.

But coding is sooo much fun! Tonight (ummm, and this morning) I've been working to clean up the Solitaire application that I've ported to VB.NET. Of course, as I'm going through the code, I'm seeing a lot of interesting opportunities extend it. ;-) I
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Does it mean success when you start getting hate mail?

Obviously you can't please everyone all the time and, at some point, some of those people might start sending you what equates to hate mail. After close to 10,000 people using XboxFriends, I've received what is basically hate mail and I have to tell you
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Coming Soon: Coding Guidelines for VB.NET

In my last post, I forgot to mention the Coding Guidelines for VB.NET that I've been working on. I see a lot of code from many sources as I'm sure all of you are. Every sample, even coming from the same source, uses a different coding style. Which is
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Back to your regularly scheduled content...

I've been working on a couple of projects and looking for some feedback as to what you would like to see me finish first (sure, it's a teaser of sorts, but really, I would like to hear what you would like to see first) ;-) Organizing all the source that
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On the lack of sympathy for the VB.Classic crowd...

I've gotten a bit of feedback from people saying I should have a some sympathy for people who have all of their business assets tied up in VB6 code. I've even been borderline accused of not being a BASIC man at heart... boy, that's a shocker. Well, let
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VB.NET vs "VB.Classic" or "VB.COM"

No wonder people give us VB guys a hard time... we even cause problems among ourselves. What's it this time? Well, I just don't get this whole keep VB6 thing . Let's look at a couple of things, shall we? VB6 was released in 1998. Pretty much a run of
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Geek Dinner... Geek Meet... Isn't there a better name for this sort of thing?

Well, whatever you want to call it, I've been thinking about trying to organize something like this for a while now. Did some searching and there's GeekDinner.com (which has seen no updates since June 2004), NerdDinner.com (a dedicated blog site using
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Multiplicity... changing the way I use a computer...

...well, actually, computers. Earlier the week I received an newsletter from Stardock Corporation, the creators of WindowBlinds, DesktopX and Object Desktop. In that newsletter was mention of a new product that they were releasing called Multiplicity.
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