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Refactoring to debut in VB 2005!

Yes, you read that correctly! VB 2005 will have full support for refactoring in the form of a community edition of Refactor! for Visual Basic 2005 . Refactoring tools include: Rename ( Native to VB 2005, not a part of Refactor!. ) Reorder Parameters Extract
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Now for a "good" article discussing a comparison between .NET languages...

After the last article I pointed out , it's refreshing to see this... VB vs. C# MSIL Code Generation: Are the results equal? He discusses differences in the CIL created by VB and C#. He attempts to offer some insight as to why the difference exists. I'm
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Wow...

“Does anyone remember Asc() in VB 6.0? Is there a replacement in VB.Net?” This is a quoted question posted in the GotDotNet.com forums. Obviously we aren't getting the right message out if something as simple as this is tripping people up.
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Default Instances...

(I just seem to be full of controversy lately...) If you aren't familiar with what default instances are, let me show you an example prior to explaining it. Sub Button1_Click( Byval sender As Object , Byval e As EventArgs) Dim dialog As New Form2() dialog.Show()
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I know I shouldn't let this sort of thing bother me...

...but it does. It's crap like this that just further influences peoples negative view of a language they know nothing about. I'm all for freedom of speech/expression. I strongly believe people are entitled to their opinion. However, if this opinion is
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Porting Checkers Solitaire to PocketPC...

... wait... don't get too excited. I'm probably not going to do it. Why? Well I was all excited and thought that it would be a great opportunity to see what work was involved in taking a windows application that was already resizable down to the screen
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Downloading Beta 2 ...

Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2 is now available for download via the MSDN Subscriber site. (Though I don't see the Professional edition as yet, just Standard and Team Suite.)
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I guess I just don't get it...

I know I'm setting myself up for a beating... but I just don't get it. How is it that people still have such a hard time accepting the Microsoft.VisualBasic assembly as being part of the .NET Framework? Why is it that they always state that it's there
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Doh! Glad I didn't make the switch!

Voom , for those that don't know was a competitor to DirecTV and Dish Network that offered just about everything in high definition format. Most of what they offered was simply up converted from the source, but it felt pretty much like all HD. This is
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Enigma Machine...

I've seen a few people mention a “really cool example” that emulates the Enigma machine from WWII. Now, I don't want to detract the fact that it is somewhat cool that someone worked on putting this together, but I swear that it's getting a
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Reminder: Geek Gathering - Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex - 1

Here's a friendly reminder for those in the Dallas / Fort Worth area to join several of us geeks at the Main Event Entertainment in Grapevine at 7:00pm tonight. For more information you can go here .
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Checkers Solitaire... Wanna give it a go?

Here's a screen shot of the game: You can read more info and download the preliminary version by reading the Checkers Solitaire article . [ update ] I just uploaded 0.1.7. It adds the ability to save (and load) the game play history. Sooooo... The first
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Checkers Solitaire

A friend of mine is working on a game while he is twiddling his thumbs waiting for a new gig. He claims that it's an opportunity (at some point) to “learn about and code up genetic algorithms“. I think he's just doing it because it's fun.
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Windows Form application in Kiosk mode...

Someone asked how to make sure their application has focus and how to protect against it losing focus while running. There are actually many applications that could require this sort of capability, one of which would be a kiosk. Many years ago, I used
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