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Further Adventures in WinRT - Part 1

Working with WinRT, well, I'm just going to say it... sucks! I'm past the "who moved my cheese" phase; so that's not why I'm making that statement. It sucks because it is not completely thought out, requires that you have to
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Why?

Why aren't there any decent audio libraries for .NET? Don't get me wrong, it's nice that the framework supports some audio features in a very simple way if you want to just play something. However, if you need access to the audio data to manipulate

Console Event Handling

Someone sent me an IM asking if I knew of a way to handle the pressing of the close button on a console application. After a bit of research, I found a way (and some limitations). This required stepping outside of the Microsoft .NET Framework utilizing
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Console Event Handling

Introduction At one point or another, most software developers have written a console application. It might have been while you were learning how to write software or, even more recently, as a way to create a simple tool that doesn't require the extra
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Tulsa DNUG - Tonight

I'll be at the Tulsa, OK users group this evening presenting on developing for Windows Vista using Visual Studio 2005... so if you're in the area, be sure to stop by and say "hi".

My.Vista

Caleb has sort of let the cat out of the bag ... Introducing My.Vista. There are over 7,000 new API's in Windows Vista. Some of them are immediately obvious while others are deep beneath the surface. I rather enjoy digging around in Windows API land,

It's 2:12am and I'm done with a new VS2005 Macro hack

I need to run it through it's paces, but I now have a VS2005 macro that will, whenever I successfully build a release mode project, package the project folder into a zip file named [ProjectName]_src_v[OutputAssemblyFileVersion].zip. And it doesn't

Leveraging Windows Vista's Windows System Assessment Tool (WinSAT) API in Visual Basic

A couple of days ago a noticed this article, downloaded the code, thought about it for a bit and realized that although he had a great idea... I had a few problems with the implementation. I really distaste the idea of "unsafe" code unless there
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Leveraging Windows Vista's Windows System Assessment Tool (WinSAT) API in Visual Basic

Introduction There are a lot of new features in Windows Vista. In this installment, we’ll explore the WinSAT (Windows System Assessment Tool) API. (The Windows Experience Index in the Vista UI is part of WinSAT.) The Vista SDK defines it as: Windows
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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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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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VB.NET Coding Guidelines

Coding guidelines that serve to extend and enhance the Microsoft .NET Framework Design Guidelines for the Visual Basic .NET developer.
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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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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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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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