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  • BASIC SIG (February 7th, 2017) - VB's ByRef/ByVal (VB's "it just works" approach to CLR ref) and "All About Nullables"

    Rough agenda: * Progress update: Website, Slack.NET... * Discuss ways that you can get involved, regardless of skill level. * ByVal and ByRef, what does this mean along with deeper dive of CLR ref and how VB takes this a step further. * "All About Nullables"  Dim a As Integer?... A question?  What does that mean? ...
    Posted to AddressOf.com (Weblog) by CorySmith on January 11, 2017
  • (Re)Announcing BASICSIG!

    After visiting Microsoft for the Microsoft MVP Summit in November, I was a bit “beat down”.  I came to a somewhat difficult (and in my mind, somewhat shocking) realization.  VB is dead! Wait, what? OK, so it requires a little explanation… After speaking with several long time MVP’s who were (and, in many ...
    Posted to AddressOf.com (Weblog) by CorySmith on January 11, 2017
  • Async/Await in a Console Application

    Here's the situation, you want to be able to build a console application and still take advantage of the asynchronous programming model available in the latest versions of VB (2012/2013).   No matter the reason behind why you may want to do this, the answer I give will still be the same; however, I'll provide my real-world ...
    Posted to AddressOf.com (Weblog) by CorySmith on April 13, 2014
  • 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 jump through hoops that were solved by many other API stacks many years ago, and ...
    Posted to AddressOf.com (Weblog) by CorySmith on February 3, 2013
  • Cross-Platform Development with the .NET Framework ("VB Core")

    Disclaimer: Let me be clear in that I am ***not recommending*** doing what I'm about to discuss except for the specific scenarios where it is ***needed***.  With that said... When working with platforms that do not have full support for the Visual Basic .NET runtime; it can sometimes be difficult to get things working and you may ...
    Posted to AddressOf.com (Weblog) by CorySmith on December 17, 2012
  • End of year wrap up (2011)

    BLOG I'm currently in the planning stages to rebuild this site.  I've delayed doing this for a long time since I didn't want to "break links"; however, one reason why I don't contribute as much as I used to is the fact that I enjoy the comment interaction.  Thanks to blog spam, I had to disable anonymous ...
    Posted to AddressOf.com (Weblog) by CorySmith on December 23, 2011
  • 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 it in whatever way or just want to know the duration, play location, audio ...
    Posted to AddressOf.com (Weblog) by CorySmith on January 16, 2011
  • Action Movie Night - Wednesday, November 17th

    Action Movie Night returns! This is just a quick reminder regarding the Action Movie Night taking place Wednesday evening, November 17th, 2010, starting at 7:30pm located at my house so space is limited to those that RSVP.  The movie being shown is:  IMDB, Preview  Earlier this year, during our honeymoon, ...
    Posted to AddressOf.com (Weblog) by CorySmith on November 11, 2010
  • Wow! I can't believe I found this code...

    Going through a bunch of old floppy disks and copying the files to my home server in an effort to get rid of these things, I happened across a bit of source code from WAAAAAAAAAY back.  (March 7th, 1990 to be precise.) For a few years around 1990, a friend of mine (Sean) and I ran a very successful BBS with tons of users and *AWESOME* ...
    Posted to AddressOf.com (Weblog) by CorySmith on May 26, 2010
  • Touring through Northwest Arkansas

    I'll be leaving either tonight or tomorrow morning (really early) to start heading to Fort Smith, AR. Tuesday evening will be in Springdale, AR and finishing up Thursday evening in Harrison, AR. If you are in the area of *all* three user group, consider attending all three since each group will host a different topic. LINQ - An Average ...
    Posted to AddressOf.com (Weblog) by CorySmith on September 13, 2009
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