Why so many examples in Visual Basic?

I’ve received a few queries lately as to why MSDN – and Microsoft as a whole – has become more focused on producing Visual Basic.NET examples and code snippets in our articles and presentations. The reason is two-fold. First, while I can’t publicly state the actual numbers, I can tell you that there are many…

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WinFX November CTP Questions & Answers

It’s finally here! The WinFX November CTP (Community Technology Preview) is the latest version of the WinFX technologies and is now available for download/installation. Included in this version is the WinFX Runtime Components (RTC), Windows SDK and Visual Studio 2005 Extensions for WinFX. Here are the links to the bits (should be installed in this…

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Free Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005 and ASP.NET 2.0 Training!

This past Friday, we announced that our Training/Learning division is offering *free* training on several courses related to the November 7 launch of Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005 and BizTalk Server 2006. From what I’m being told this training is only free until November 17, 2005 so you need to take advantage rather quickly. Clinic…

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Retrieving special folder locations the right way (and some history)

Raymond Chen has a great one page piece in this month’s TechNet magazine about why you should use the Shell API to retrieve special folder location information (such as the Fonts folder), why the Shell Folder registry key should not be used and how that key came to be in the first place: The Sad…

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