NEW BLOG – Smart Client Data

There’s a new blog in town and it’s name is Smart Client Data.  I just met Steve Lasker last night at that .NET Developers Association user group in Redmond.  Steve is a Program Manager on the Visual Studio Data Designtime team at Microsoft.  We were chating about my passion “Smart Client and Offline Scenarios” when he told…


The Holy Grail List of Developer Tools and More

There is a good chance that you have seen this list, but if you haven’t it is a must.  Scott Hanselman has produced an awesome list of tools with brief descriptions called “Scott Hanselman’s 2005 Ultimate Developer and Power Users Tool List”.  The list is too much to take in a once, so to give…


Ugh, I forgot my password

Hey all, I have been away from the blog world for quite a while now because I forgot my password. Duh!  My last day at Microsoft was in April and in the transition to starting my consulting company Blue Pen Solutions I forgot to switch my blog over to my new email.  I had it automatically logging me…


A New Look for ASP.NET 2.0 – Beta 2 QuickStart Tutorials

The ASP.NET 2.0 Beta QuickStarts have recently been updated and I must say they are looking pretty sweet.  There is tons of code and tons of documentation describing the code.  This live tutorial is an excellent starting point for newcomers to ASP.NET and is also a fantastic reference for existing users – check out the Class…


Blog or Die

Have you ever thought about blogging and wondered why we do this or what benefits it has?  What about how blogging may change the world?  Robert Scoble has posted a draft of the first chapter of the book he and Shel Israel are writing titled Blog or Die.  All in all I really liked their…


Tip: Use Form.Close() opposed to Application.Exit()

When closing your application from code, for example in the File | Exit menu you should use Form.Close() (ie this.Close() or Me.Close) opposed to Application.Exit().  When calling Application.Exit everything is told to stop immediately and then the appplication is shutdown.  Resulting in events like Form.Closed and Form_Closing not being fired.  The MSDN documentation explains more…


Give up your apps to help Microsoft test compatibility with Whidbey.

This is your chance to help make Whidbey compatible with .NET Framework 2003.  Jay Roxe is asking for your corporate .NET Framework 2003 applications so Microsoft can test compatiblity.  Check out Jay’s post I need .NET Framework 2003 Applications!


How to handle Unhandled Exceptions

When an exception occurs is thrown in your application, but is never caught the application ends up crashing.  Not exactly a user friendly application.  So that you can better handle these unhandled exceptions and at the minimum close the application gracefully you can provide an Unhandled Exception Handler.   Here is some code that shows…


My Experience Converting IssueVision to .NET Framework 2.0

Today I inherited a computer which I was suppose to get IssueVision up an running on Whidbey the next release of Visual Studio.  Overall the process was very simple except for one problem that took more time than I would like.  I wanted to pass along the problem so maybe you would save yourself some frustration if you ever…


The .NET Celebrity Auction for Aceh Aid at IDEP – Tsunamis Relief

This is a neat idea of how to help out with releif for the Tsunamis and get .NET expertise in return.  Below is the text form the EBay Auction, where .NET Experts are auctioning time to donate money. The .NET Celebrity Auction for Aceh Aid at IDEP Thirty of the top consultants and trainers in…