Status Report - April 4, 2002


Still haven't unpacked - spent all week in a Guerilla.NET VB training class
from Developmentor (9am till 9pm, Whew!). As a result, not much progress
(except for the learning <g>). I have had an opportunity to meet a bunch of
folks in the class - including a lot of the MVPs. That's been really great.


1. The VB Community intranet is live! It includes links to public threads of
interest, auto-sign ups for chats, metrics on how we're doing, etc.



2. Rob Copeland, our Product Unit Manager, has been going online and talking
to various people in the newsgroups. More VB team members have started going
online - it's a great thing to see people discussing threads in the
hallways.



I've decided not to go to Tech Ed (we have a bunch of people from the team
going). Instead, I'll be at VSLive in Chicago on the 15th and 16th.

-yag


Upcoming chats (http://msdn.microsoft.com/chats):

Consuming Web Services in VB.NET
Tuesday, April 9, 2002, 1:00 - 2:00 P.M. Pacific time (21:00 - 22:00 GMT)

VB .NET makes it easy to consume web services. This session will focus on
how to consume them and the security issues involved.


Creating Multithreaded Applications with Visual Basic .NET
Tuesday, April 16, 2002, 1:00 - 2:00 P.M. Pacific time (21:00 - 22:00 GMT)

This session will discuss how you can use multithreading techniques to
improve the performance and responsiveness of Visual Basic .NET
applications.

Whitepaper: Multithreaded Programming with Visual Basic .NET

http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/de...us/dv_vstechar
t/html/vbtchasyncprocvb.asp



Emulating Control Arrays
Tuesday, April 23, 2002, 1:00 - 2:00 P.M. Pacific time (21:00 - 22:00 GMT)

While this session will initially cover material in the Creating Control
Arrays in Visual Basic .NET and Visual C# .NET whitepaper, please feel free
to ask any questions you have relating to collections, event handlers, and
delegates.

Whitepaper: Creating Control Arrays in Visual Basic .NET and Visual C# .NET

http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/de...us/dv_vstechar
t/html/vbtchcreatingcontrolarraysinvisualbasicnetvisualcnet.asp



Working With Data at Design Time in Visual Studio .NET
Tuesday, April 30, 2002, 1:00 - 2:00 P.M. Pacific time (21:00 - 22:00 GMT)

Talk about the tools available at design time for incorporating data access
into your Visual Basic or Visual C# application, as well as working with
your database from within the Visual Studio Environment (IDE).

Whitepaper: Design-Time Data Tools in Visual Studio .NET

http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/de...us/dv_vstechar
t/html/vbtchDesignTimeDataToolsInVisualStudioNET.asp?frame=true




Exception Handling in Visual Basic .NET
Tuesday, May 7, 2002, 1:00 - 2:00 P.M. Pacific time (21:00 - 22:00 GMT)

Join us for a chat covering the things to keep in mind and best practices of
exception handling in Visual Basic .NET applications.

Whitepaper: Introduction to Exception Handling in Visual Basic .NET

http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/de...us/dv_vstechar
t/html/vbtchexceptionserrorsinvisualbasicnet.asp



Deploying Visual Studio .NET Applications
Tuesday, May 14, 2002, 1:00 - 2:00 P.M. Pacific time (21:00 - 22:00 GMT)

Join Microsoft in an online chat about the brave new world of deployment
using Visual Studio .NET. This session will use the "Deployment Changes in
Visual Basic .NET" whitepaper as a starting point; please feel free to ask
any deployment questions that you may have.

Whitepaper: Deployment Changes in Visual Basic .NET

http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/de...us/dv_vstechar
t/html/vbtchdistributingapplicationscreatedwithvisualbasicnet.asp


White Papers

How-To: Create a Setup Project for a Windows Service Using Visual Basic
..NET
http://support.microsoft.com/directo...;Q317421&SD=MS
DN

This article demonstrates how to create a setup project for a Windows
Service application (formerly called an "NT service").



How-To: Read from and Write to a Text File by Using Visual Basic .NET
http://support.microsoft.com/directo...;Q315828&SD=MS
DN

This article demonstrates how to read from and write to a text file in
Visual Basic .NET. This article demonstrates how to read from and write to a
text file in Visual Basic .NET.



How-To: Use Structured Exception Handling in Visual Basic .NET
http://support.microsoft.com/directo...;Q315965&SD=MS
DN

This article demonstrates how to use structured exception handling in Visual
Basic .NET.