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  • Cumulative Update package 5 for SQL Server 2008 R2 :: to test & deploy

    Another instalment of Cumulative Update package (which is 5 now) for SQL Server 2008 R2 is available to test and deploy on to your production systems. So the build number after you apply this CU5 will be 10.50.1753 (thats an easy number to remember).You...
  • Saving and transferring customisations

    I got an email from a reader last week asking about saving customisations in Visual Studio: Hi Bill I read an excellent article by you http://visualstudiomagazine.com/Articles/2007/12/01/Customize-the-VB-IDE.aspx?Page=1 Just wondering if you know of a way to export those customisations so I can set up...
    Posted to @ Head by bill on Tue, Nov 24 2009
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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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  • Recursos de Webcast: ADO.NET y almacenamiento en .NET Framework

    Sip. Finalizado el webcast, y rompiendo mi record de postear info de conferencias (mi media es de 15 días jejeje), pongo a su disposición la presentación y el proyecto web de demostración que use. Para descargar la ppt, clic aqui , y si quieres descar el demo (incluyendo la...
    Posted to Oscar J. Berroterán by oscar on Tue, May 26 2009
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  • CheckBoxList validation

    Within our current project, we faced a requirement such that there are multiple checkboxes and the user is required to select any one of them (at least one of them). So as there are multiple checkboxes, decided to go with CheckBoxList control. Now the problem is that, we need to show a error message...
    Posted to Chakravarthy's Space by Chakravarthy on Thu, May 21 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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  • When ….

    VB has a lot of high level features other .Net languages, in particular C# don’t.  Sadly these are often overlooked by some developers because other languages like C# don’t have them – the lowest common denominator syndrome.  This is sad because many of these features are actually part of the...
    Posted to @ Head by bill on Fri, Feb 20 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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  • Iterators in VB 10 ?

    Although VB 10 won’t have a formal syntax for iterators, it will have all the necessary ingredients to easily write iterators. In VB10 you can use a generic template and multi line lambdas to create iterators. This iterator in C# :   static public IEnumerable<String> Lines( this TextReader...
    Posted to @ Head by bill on Mon, Feb 2 2009
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  • VB.Net and splash screens

    One of the nice things about the My application framework in VB.NET is the ability to easily show splash screens.  The splash screen is displayed using a separate thread and by default will close when your main form’s Load event is called. There is however a quirk with it sometimes . Whilst testing...
    Posted to @ Head by bill on Mon, Jan 19 2009
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  • Extension methods and Interfaces.

    A comment by Joe Duffy on the Framework Guidelines for Extension says : Extension methods can also be used to provide actual concrete method implementations for interfaces. And this is a very important point. In .NET there is no support for multiple implementation inheritance. So although you could use...
    Posted to @ Head by bill on Wed, Jan 14 2009
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  • So what is a “Library” ?

    Earlier I posted what I hope wetted your appetite for some more info about Libraries in Windows 7.  So  what are libraries you ask//I ask ;) Well I hope the following provides some insight.  caveat emptor: this is still just my first impressions ! A Library is really a view of different...
    Posted to @ Head by bill on Sun, Jan 11 2009
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  • Xelement : more Value in that Value !!

    XML is very flexible and somewhat permissive in what it allows. Consider this piece of XML:       el = < item > some values < first > one </ first >< second > two </ second ></ item >   The element named item can contain both child elements...
    Posted to @ Head by bill on Sun, Jan 4 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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  • List transactions

    From a recent discussion on using lists, and whether or not you can remove items in while iterating, I decided to write an extension that allows you to get a “transaction” for an IList(Of t).  This ListTransaction(Of T) caches adds and removes until you call commit (kudos to Duncan for the idea...
    Posted to @ Head by bill on Thu, Dec 18 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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  • What we have here is a failure to communicate

    you can tell from the title there’s a Friday rant coming can’t you ?  Well yeh, sometimes what should be a simple task of writing code becomes painstakingly slow.  Take for example this one line of code:   Dim doc = XDocument.Load( "abc.xml" )   Now if you like to write...
    Posted to @ Head by bill on Thu, Nov 13 2008
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