Selecting a Block of text

Regardless of the new framework features – copy and paste is still one of my favorites. One of my favorite tricks is selecting a block of text. By default normal text selection is line by line. For example it’s not possible to select just the items to the right of the equals sign.   However,…


Have you checked out Ramp Up?

Ramp Up has just launched a brand-new learning track today: SharePoint for Developers, Part I. This track, along with the other currently offered tracks (eg, Visual Studio 2008), teaches the important skills in a guided path, making the learning process easier and more efficient. Currently, there are no assessments in the program, so it’s quicker…


Setting the startup form for a Windows Application

Question: I am new to building Windows forms’ applications and am writing my first application. It’s a basic application that has three different forms. As you can imagine I am building, deigning and architecting the project as I go along. One of these changes is that I want to make a different form than I…


Give us feedback on Silverlight 2

Via Brian Give us feedback on Silverlight 2 We’ve put together a short survey to help us improve our Silverlight features and API. Spend 15 minutes and tell us what is good and bad about Silverlight so far.


A quick look at the lambda expression

The lambda expression is new to Visual Basic and Visual Studio 2008 and part of the new Linq support. A lambda expression is an anonymous function that can contain expressions and statements. Basically it’s a function without a name that calculates and returns a single value. It is combined with the new Func type that…


Got a few minutes for feedback?

  Application installation and patching:   The Windows engineering teams are putting together plans for how application installation and patching will work in future versions of the operating system. This is an opportunity for you to tell Microsoft what you feel the needs and priorities for improving how application patching and installation function.  …


Create COOL implementations of Search API 2.0 Beta + Ads

In case you haven’t seen this –   During the keynote at PubCon in Las Vegas we announced “Project Silk Road” which is a collection of services, including a new version of the Live Search APIs for developer community – basically Search API 2.0 Beta + Search Ads pilot.   We are looking for some…


Windows Forms – Creating an access key

Question: I am new to Visual Basic and wanted to create an access key for my Windows Form application. How can I do that? Answer: By definition an access key is an underlined character in the text of a menu or the label of a control. The idea of an access key is that the…


Taking on SQL 2008

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Cool Site of the Day

Very cool site I just checked out at They have over 100+ videos under 10 minutes duration dedicated to .net developers around the world.  All of the training videos are visualized version of data tutorials by Scott Mitchell on web site. From what I understand all registered user of the website receive a…