Virtual Labs

Try Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 in a virtual lab and learn more about accessing relational data using Language Integrated Query (LINQ) to SQL or how Visual Studio 2008 integrates with .NET Framework 3.5. Virtual labs are simple, with no complex setup or installation required. MSDN Virtual Lab: Building Web Applications with Visual Studio 2008 MSDN…


AddOn Studio for World of Warcraft

Very cool – AddOn Studio for World of Warcraft is an open-source development tool aimed to bring the Visual Studio experience to building World of Warcraft addons. This is the first release of the project and there are lots more ideas around how it can improved. Get it here


Try Visual Studio 2008

Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 provides an industry-leading developer experience for Windows Vista, the 2007 Microsoft Office system, and the Web. In addition, it continues in the Microsoft tradition of development language innovation. To enable evaluation of Visual Studio 2008, this page provides links to trial versions of Visual Studio 2008. Available here


Adding an InfoPath Editor Control to a Windows Form

One of the new features of InfoPath 2007 is the ability to integrate the InfoPath editor into Windows Forms. Within Visual Studio this is done using the Microsoft.InfoPath.FormControl.dll assembly. In this example using Visual Studio 2008, we will create a simple Windows Form application that contains the InfoPath control. Note: This example assumes that you…


InfoPath: Accessing template file data

The XMLForm class of the InfoPath managed code objects model provides properties, methods and events to access the XML data in the underlying XML document and form information that includes the form definition file (.xsf). For example, using the following code we can create a message box that displays some of the data that is…


Office SharePoint Server 2007 Training (Standalone Edition)

Interesting download – The Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Training Standalone Edition is designed to help you learn how to use the features of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server. The Training topics lead you step-by-step through beginning to advanced features, including Collaboration, Business Processes and Forms, Portals and Personalization, Search, Business Intelligence and Enterprise Content Management….


Creating an icon in the system tray

A standard part of many Windows forms applications is the system tray icon. Most commonly it is used to provide an application or event status. Tray icons are added to an application using the NotifyIcon control. It includes properties that simplify displaying a System Tray icon and the notification “balloon”. Once you’ve added the control…


New Patterns & Practices Guides

Microsoft patterns & practices recently released the following two guides: patterns & practices Team Development with Visual Studio Team Foundation ServerThis guide shows you how to make the most of Team Foundation Server. It starts with the end in mind, but shows you how to incrementally adopt TFS for your organization. It’s a collaborative effort…


Architecture Journal Reader

A great download to check out – We’re proud to announce a new offline experience for the Journal, called the “Architecture Journal Reader.” Demonstrating many of the UX principles highlighted in recent issues, this new reader is a locally installed application that enables you to take every issue of the Journal into a searchable, immersive,…


Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 Training Kit

The Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 Training Kit includes presentations, hands-on labs, and demos. This content is designed to help you learn how to utilize the Visual Studio 2008 features and a variety of framework technologies including: LINQ, C# 3.0, Visual Basic 9, WCF, WF, WPF, ASP.NET AJAX, VSTO, CardSpace, SilverLight, Mobile and…