Build .NET 1.1 applications with Visual Stuido 2005

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Another intersting tool for .NET developers is this power toy for Visual Studio 2005 called MSBee. MSBee enables developers to build .NET 1.1 applications with Visual Studio 2005.

Should be a great tool for those of us who still have alot of .NET 1.1 code to support, but enjoy the enhancements in Visual Studio 2005.

Grab the MSBee Powertoy here.


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Last week at the Mix ’06 Conference, Microsoft announced WPF/E, or Windows Presentation Foundation/Everywhere.

From Mike Harsh’s Blog:

what is WPF/E? It is a cross-platform, cross-browser web technology
that supports a subset of WPF XAML. WPF/E also has a friction-free
install model and the download size we’re targeting is very small. WPF/E supports programmability through javascript for tight browser
integration. The WPF/E package also contains a small, cross platform
subset of the CLR and .NET Framework that can run C# or VB.NET code. Yes, we are bringing C# programming to the Mac.”

I am absolutely thrilled by this news.
I can’t wait to write cross platform, firefox compatible rich applications in .NET!

Check out Mike Harsh’s Blog for more information.

Visual Studio 2005 IntelliSense in .skin files

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Intellisense in .Skin filesOne issue that has often irritated me in Visual Studio 2005 is that .skin files do not enjoy IntelliSense.

That is, by default.

Today, I stumbled across a solution to enable IntelliSense in .skin files.

Why on earth this is not enabled by default I will never know.

Check out Vladimir Bychkov’s Blog for instructions.

He also has a post about enabling IntelliSense in the web.config

Additional Code Snippets for C# in Visual Studio 2005

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c# Code SnippetsFor those of you unfamiliar with Code Snippets, a new feature in Visual Studio 2005, MSDN describes code snippets as:

“IntelliSense Code Snippets are reusable, task-oriented blocks of code. Visual Studio 2005 includes code snippets covering tasks ranging from creating a custom exception, to sending an e-mail message, to drawing a circle. A set of Visual Basic and Visual C# Code Snippets are included in the Visual Studio 2005 box.”

However, C# programmers were not given the complete set of Code Snippets available to our VB Compadres.

Microsoft has now corrected this issue.

Task Based Code Snippets for C# are now available from MSDN, giving C# developers the complete list of snippets available in Visual Basic. However, the installation of these snippets is a bit cumbersome.

To relieve this problem, Jeff Atwood of Coding Horror has created a registry file that will greatly simplify installation of these snippets.

Grab the new snippets or the simplified registry installer below:

You only need one of the packages above. I highly recommend Jeff Atwood’s package.


Excentrics World .NET 1.x Custom Controls are Back!!

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This is excellent news for all of us .NET 1.1 programmers
out there.
EXcentrics World
As of Friday, February 10, 2006, Microsoft has given Matt
permission to begin distributing his excellent .NET 1.x custom controls

It has been 10 long months since Matt began working at Microsoft
and was forced to remove his custom controls.

Finally, we are able to use Matt’s excellent control set in our
applications again!

Controls Include:

Head over to Excentrics World and pickup Matt’s Controls now!
Excentrics World

System Admins Rejoyce! Windows Updates now Available on ISO!

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This is wonderful news for System Administrators and Computer Technicians out there.
Microsoft has finally started releasing Windows Security and Critical Updates on ISO.

Download ISO Here.

For those looking for a more complete (and more frequently updated) Updates CD, I recommend Autopatcher. Autopatcher is available for Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003. It is also available in Full, Lite, and Upgrade packs.

Lite – Security and Critical Updates only
Full – All Windows updates, plus some other added bonuses.
Upgrade – Upgrade your previous month’s CD to avoid unnecessary file size.

I have been using Autopatcher for years and it is a must have tool for system administrators and great for reinstalling an OS, without the fear of getting spyware before you can update.

Download Autopatcher Here.

Internet Explorer 7.0 Gives Exciting New Print Experience.

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Printing in IE7One of the most annoying things about Internet Explorer 6.0 has always been the lack of printing options for printing web pages. It is almost impossible to print a modern webpage in Internet Explorer because you typically get the left navigation menu and a bunch of cut off sentences.

Firefox helped this need tremendously by adding a “Shrink to Fit” printing option so that the entire page could be printed. This is a wonderful feature that I use very often.

But what if we don’t need the side navigation menu, and want to keep the page layout in tact while printing?

Enter Internet Explorer 7.0. (Note: Internet Explorer 7.0 is still in beta. Do not use on your production machine!)

Microsoft has listened to our complaints and answered our prayers. IE7 adds the wealth of printing options including shrink to fit, as an exciting new cropping print tool that lets you select what area of the print preview you wish to print.

This is very exciting stuff!

Here’s hoping Mozilla adds this type of printing support to Firefox in the near future.

Isn’t competition great?

Read more about IE7’s printing enhancements over at the IE blog on MSDN:
IE7 Printing: An Experience You Won’t Want To Miss


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Since the dawning of this new fangled Web 2.0 craze, I have been highly interested in AJAX programming.
In the coming weeks I am going to begin playing with Microsoft’s Atlas Library for ASP.NET 2.0.

I now have a copy of Visual Studio 2005 to begin testing, and I will be experimenting/exploring the possibilities of using ASP.NET 2.0 for AJAX applications.


Download Visual Studio 2005 Express Editions today….. FOR FREE!

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Microsoft has released Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005 as of November 4th.
They have also released lite versions of Visual Studio and SQL Server which they are calling “Express Editions”.
The Express Editions are totally free if downloaded before next year.
Grab them today!
Download Now

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