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…

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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…

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Setting the Tab Order with Visual Studio 2005

Tab order is used to determine which control gets focus and can accept keyboard input. It’s called tab order because you can change focus from control to control using the TAB key in a Windows form or the soft input panel in a mobile application. Tab order is an important aspect in making sure that…

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Dynamic controls and event handlers

Question: I am trying to create an ASP.NET 2.0 Web site with dynamic controls. Really what I am looking for is basically to have a label and a button on the page. When the user clicks the button I need to set the text field of the label to some value. Unfortunately, I can’t seem…

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Looking at the Report Viewer Control

Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 includes a report designer functionality and a new set of ReportViewer controls that can be used to build and display reports within custom applications. Reports may contain tabular, aggregated, and even multidimensional data. The ReportViewer controls are used to process and display these reports within applications. There are two versions of…

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The Occasionally Connected Application

The occasionally connected application is becoming an important part of many enterprises. The goal of these types of applications is to provide a consistent and reliable experience for users regardless of their current network status. Of course for developers this means monitoring the current network connection status and enabling their application to respond intuitively to…

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Introducing the Data Sources Window

One of the new features for Windows forms development using Visual Studio 2005 is the Data Sources window. This window allows developers to add and manage a variety of sources using typed DataSets. The Data Sources window displays the schema of these objects and provides the ability to drag and drop tables and columns onto…

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Introducing the Class Designer

The Class Designer is a new visual tool in Visual Studio 2005 that is used to examine and manipulate the structure of classes and other types. The Class Designer provides a synchronized editing relationship between the visual palette and the applications code. This is one of the many new features of the Visual Studio 2005…

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Quick Overview of ClickOnce

I was talking with a local customer the other day that was in the process of designing their next generation enterprise architecture. Their current architecture was really a mix of applications and data silos spread across many different systems. As part of the requirements discussion we hit on one of my favorite architectural trade offs…

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What is an Assembly?

What is an Assembly? Every time you create any kind of application or service using Visual Basic.NET you are building an Assembly. That is because Assemblies serve as the basic building blocks of the .NET Framework. They help to define versioning, code reuse, scoping rules and security permissions for all .NET applications. Probably the simplest…

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