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  • Updates on the Snippet Editor

    First the good news : The February release of the Snippet Editor has now had 10,000 downloads ! Now for bug fix news: There were a couple of issues with the paths per language.  A problem with Express Editions of Visual Studio occurred due to partial entries in the registry I didn’t for-see. Initial...
    Posted to @ Head by bill on Wed, Sep 2 2009
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  • String.IsNullOrEmpty : update on that nasty null reference exception

    Back in April 2006, I blogged about a nasty JIT compiler optimisation that would cause String.IsNullOrEmpty to throw a null reference exception;  ironic really given that is the very thing you’d use the IsNullOrEmpty method to check against.  Well since then, due to popular demand on the connect...
    Posted to @ Head by bill on Tue, Mar 10 2009
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  • Snippet Editor 2.1 screen-cast

    I’ve just uploaded a new screen cast: Snippet Editor Tips and Tricks Enjoy :) (oh and don’t forget the “ buy me a beer ” button)
    Posted to @ Head by bill on Thu, Feb 5 2009
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  • New release of Snippet Editor

    Snippet Editor 2.1 is now released on codeplex: http://www.codeplex.com/SnippetEditor   Apart from the few minor bug fixes, it includes improved search and now support for Visual Studio 2010 as well as 2008 and 2005. I’ve also added a “buy me a beer” button to this blog, and on the codeplex site...
    Posted to @ Head by bill on Tue, Feb 3 2009
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  • Registered Organization on 64 bit

    When I’ve started new Visual Studio projects on my Vista x64 box, the Company field would always show up as “Microsoft”… somewhat presumptuous and definitely annoying.  At first I thought the problem was with the templates, but upon inspection they had the correct template parameters, $registeredorganization...
    Posted to @ Head by bill on Fri, Jan 2 2009
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  • XSD’s in Visual Studio: Past, Present and Future.

      When I was going through the snippet editor code to put it on CodePlex, I wanted to grab a screen shot of the snippet schema.  immediately I was confronted with there being no visual designer for schemas in VS 2008, but the worse part was I could have sworn there use to be.  To clear...
    Posted to @ Head by bill on Mon, Dec 29 2008
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  • Snippet Editor is now on CodePlex

    I’ve just finished uploading the Snippet Editor to CodePlex http://www.codeplex.com/SnippetEditor It includes some minor bug fixes from the previous release. Enjoy :) And Merry XMas :)
    Posted to @ Head by bill on Sun, Dec 28 2008
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  • VB Snippet Editor

    Over the last week I’ve got a sudden influx of emails about the Snippet Editor.  I’m figuring this is stemming from Lisa’s recent blog entry and her tips and trips for VS 2008 presentation :)  Some of the emails have been really nice praise, folks wanting to add some features, a bug on XP 64...
    Posted to @ Head by bill on Mon, Dec 8 2008
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  • Windows Live team continues insults at VB'ers ...

    After my post about the first set of insults from the Windows Live team and the Search API samples, it was nice to see some VB samples released. Sadly though they were just the C# samples run through an automated tool. I mean look at this bullshit code from them : Select Case searchFlagsValue Case 0...
    Posted to @ Head by bill on Tue, Mar 11 2008
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  • Arrays in VB.NET

    You probably know that declaring an array in VB, such as : Dim names(9) As String creates an array with 10 elements. As of VB8 you can use the 0 To syntax for the same thing: Dim names(0 To 9) As String I prefer the 0 To syntax as it clearer for those from other languages as well as clearer for me ;...
    Posted to @ Head by bill on Fri, Feb 15 2008
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  • Counting deck chairs on the titanic

    Paul Vick released some statistics in relation to VB , which for discussion sake I'll repeat here : Visual Basic is the #1 .NET language (as reported by Forrester Research) Visual Basic is the #1 downloaded and #1 registered Express Edition (topping the #2 position by 20%) Visual Basic is the #1...
    Posted to @ Head by bill on Fri, Nov 2 2007
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  • .NET 3.0 does NOT change .NET 2.0 libraries.

    Recently a fellow MVP pointed out the addition of the TransferRequest method to the HttpServerUtility class. The documentation falsely states it as being .NET 3.0 when in fact the change is made in .NET 3.5 Beta. You'd think stating the file versions would be enough to clear up the matter, which...
    Posted to @ Head by bill on Thu, Jun 28 2007
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  • The &operator

    I just read again today the claim that you should use + for string concatenation in VB. You should NOT. Just because you can doesn't mean you should. VB has the Concatenation operator & as distinct from the + operator. Yes for the most part adding two strings is the same as concatenating them...
    Posted to @ Head by bill on Sun, Jun 24 2007
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  • Defy All Challenges

    The latest from Microsoft's Developer Marketing is hilarious ! Seems some folks at MS have way too much time on their hands… But then again what am I doing watching the videos there ? <g> you have to watch the "Team Call" video, I'm sure we've all been to that meeting ;) http://www.defyallchallenges...
    Posted to @ Head by bill on Wed, Apr 11 2007
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  • example of a file by file SettingsProvider

    the following is the code for the custom SettingsProvider from Geoff and mine's TechEd 2006 presentation: Option Strict On Option Explicit On Imports System Imports System.Configuration ''' <summary> ''' simple example of a SetitngsProvider that saves each individual setting in it's own file '...
    Posted to @ Head by bill on Wed, Aug 30 2006
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  • Saving from a DataGridView

    If you click on a button in a toolstrip, such as the save button on a BindingNavigator, the button never gets focus, so the DataGridView never looses focus, so the current changes are not persisted. The first thing you need to do is call EndEdit on the DataGridView. This will apply the cell's changes...
    Posted to @ Head by bill on Fri, Jul 21 2006
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  • how well do you know VB (part 2)

    a few weeks ago, I posted a quiz about the syntax low < x < high, which really was a quiz about implicit casting of Booleans. Of course the great Dan Appleman got that one right :) That quiz stemmed from an earlier post , and raised some questions about values of Booleans in general. I plan to...
    Posted to @ Head by bill on Wed, Jul 19 2006
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  • Exception Helper for VS 2005

    today I updated the open source Exception Helper plugin for Visual Studio 2005. You can view a short screen cast demonstrating it's installation and usage (about 4 minutes) You can download from workspaces.gotdotnet.com/project42
    Posted to @ Head by bill on Sun, Jul 16 2006
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  • Messing with JIT options

    Sometimes different problems come together to provide a unified solution. Today I think I stumbled across such a thing. Earlier today I noticed a comment post to an old blog entry of mine about how to tell if an assembly is a debug or release build . It was nice to see that Google and my blogged helped...
    Posted to @ Head by bill on Tue, Jun 27 2006
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  • Builderau just doesn’t get it ?? (early Friday RANT)

    A couple of weeks ago, I got an email from Builderau describing how to use snippets in Visual Studio 2005. I was kind of amazed to see that they provided two links to "snippy" editor, but not a single one link to the VB Snippet Editor. That's despite the VB Snippet Editor being open source and also linked...
    Posted to @ Head by bill on Thu, May 25 2006
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