Status Report - August 8, 2002

Lots of fun things to report on. I'm going to just list them in no apparent
order. <g>

1.. We've posted 101 new VB .NET samples online! Check out the following
you have any ideas for samples that you'd like to see, just respond to this
message here online and I'll make sure to collect them.
2.. We've started our user group tour. Mike Iem and I were in Denver this
past Monday and had a great time (despite the flu <g>). Thanks to all those
who came to see us. Check out for a
full list of cities and dates.
3.. Chats continue on. I've listed the upcoming ones below - and
transcripts of completed chants are available at:


Upcoming chats (

Become A Help Power User

Tuesday, August 13, 2002, 1:00 - 2:00 P.M. Pacific time (21:00 - 22:00 GMT)

There is a lot of great material in the Visual Studio help system. This
session will cover various tips and tricks for getting the most out of it
and will collect your feedback on the help system.

Rich Editing User Interface in Windows Forms: The PropertyGrid Control

Tuesday, August 20, 2002, 1:00 - 2:00 P.M. Pacific time (21:00 - 22:00 GMT)

The .NET Framework PropertyGrid control is a great way to surface a number
of options to users. The whitepaper "Getting the Most Out of the .NET
Framework PropertyGrid Control"
opgrid.asp) discusses where, when, and how to implement this control. Come
discuss this and other solutions to the user interface problems you are
encountering when creating Windows Forms.

Advanced Interaction with Windows Forms Controls

Tuesday, September 3, 2002, 1:00 - 2:00 P.M. Pacific time (21:00 - 22:00

The Windows Forms ToolBox contains a number of controls that offer a great
deal of power and flexibility to client application developers. The
whitepaper "Sorting ListView Items by Column Using Windows Forms"
iewsort.asp) discusses one aspect of this; come chat about issues and
strategies you have when working with the Windows Forms Controls.

Creating Office Add-ins with Visual Basic .NET

Tuesday, September 17, 2002, 1:00 - 2:00 P.M. Pacific time (21:00 - 22:00

Building COM Add-Ins using # or Visual Basic .NET combines the rich object
models of the Office applications and the .NET Framework with the power of
Visual Basic .NET's language features. However, combining COM objects and
..NET objects can present a few challenges. Come discuss the problems you are
encountering and strategies you have found to work around them.

Visual Studio .NET Debugger (** Note special day **)

Thursday, September 19, 2002, 1:00 - 2:00 P.M. Pacific time (21:00 - 22:00

Join Microsoft experts in an online chat to discuss debugging .NET
applications using the Visual Studio .NET Debugger.

White Papers
Deploying Hybrid Visual Basic 6.0 / Visual Basic .NET Applications

This paper demonstrates how to deploy applications that contain both Visual
Basic® 6.0 and Visual Basic .NET components.

Conway's Game of Life as a Windows Forms Application
Welcome back to Dr. GUI's latest article on .NET Framework programming-this
time, an application of two-dimensional arrays called Conway's Game of Life.

Drives and Directories and Files! Oh, My!
In this article, Rocky Lhotka describes the support and flexibility offered
by Visual Basic .NET in terms of interacting with files and directories, and
provides a best practices approach on applying it to your applications.

Deploying .NET Applications: Lifecycle Guide
Provides development and procedural guidance for developers deploying .NET
applications, and discusses the issues and processes for deploying .NET


Yair Alan Griver
Lead PM/Evangelist
Microsoft Corporation

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