Don’t shoot the courier – or, maybe you should

Ever since there have been text editors, there has been the consideration of what font to use to display text. Fonts have progressed from a single choice to screen fonts (remember FIXEDSYS?) to TrueType to ClearType, and so have the choices of what to use (in the case of fixed-space fonts anyway). First, there was…

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Flash Survey

I appreciate you clicking on the link in the MSDN Flash! Please leave comments below about what you’d like to see more of in the Flash. Please don’t blog about this article as I want to track the number of reads directly from the link in the Flash. Thanks. -Glen

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When is a door not a door…

OK, I just got into a little debate with my cohort Bill Steele over a few lines of code. Why don’t you, dear readers, take a look for yourselves: Private Function DoSomething() As Boolean Try Return True Catch ex As Exception Finally MessageBox.Show(“Here I am!”) End Try End Function Now, without trying out the code,…

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Puzzling Windows Forms positioning predicament

I have a question that I cannot figure out because I can’t figure out how to phrase it in a search engine. Maybe one of my readers has the answer? Suppose I have an app with 3 forms: — —————— | | | | | A | | | | | | | — |…

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MSDN Southern Fried Roadshow – September 2008

MSDN Southern Fried Roadshow – September Edition The MSDN Southern Fried Roadshow is a half day free developer event with a southern flair, where you will learn about some of the latest developments in Microsoft technologies. For September, 2008 the Roadshow will be presented by Architect Evangelist Chad Brooks and Developer Evangelists Glen Gordon and…

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Sample code from webcast "Exploring the System.Net namespace"

Thanks to those who attended my webcast “Exploring the System.Net namespace” earlier this week. Here is the sample code and slide deck (about 500k download) and I’m still working on the questions that were asked so check back Friday! (Note that this is pretty much the same presentation and code that I did at the…

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Soliciting feedback on event descriptions…

We’re putting together some of our marketing materials for next quarter’s MSDN Events. I’m interested in your opnions of the session abstracts below. Do they make you feel compelled to see the content? Do you like the titles? Are these too “markety” for developers? Your feedback is welcome! Thanks.     ASP.NET 2.0 – Bringing…

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Hey, website developers! Give me a standard mobile URL please!

*sigh* Why can’t web developers agree on a standard naming convention for accessing mobile-device friendly pages?!?! Tonight I was trying to search on Amazon for a book from my iPAQ h6315. The full interface was frustrating and slow, so I wanted to find one friendlier to mobile devices. I tried mobile.amazon.com, wap.amazon.com, www.amazon.com/mobile, etc. No dice. Finally,…

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Kickoff of Windows Vista and Office 2007 Launch events (for Developers)

Well, after months of planning, umpteen conference calls, at least a dozen content revisions, and one rough karaoke song at a team meeting practicing delivery… …we finally kicked of our launch tour starting in Greenville, SC. There was a great crowd, especially in the IT Pro track in the morning. In fact the local news was…

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Do you dream in C# or VB?

I’ve heard that if you speak multiple languages with about equal fluency (which I do not) the real test to see which is your primary language is to figure out what language you dream in. Related to that, for developers, are the habits that you form from years of using a particular language. Here I’m speaking…

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