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    Seth Grossman [MSFT] Guest

    YAG's status report - Feb 14, 2002

    Status Report - February 14, 2002



    Hi folks,



    This is not YAG. These days, YAG is a global jet-setter, winging his way for
    the next month from VSLive! in San Francisco all the way to Europe and
    Israel (Happy Birthday, YAG's dad!). You may have noticed, toward the middle
    of YAG's status report last week that he mentioned that while he was gone,
    'Seth Grossman' would be holding down the fort in his absence. Hi. Nice to
    meet you.



    A number of exciting things happened this week, but first, let me tell you
    briefly about myself. I have been at Microsoft for a little more than three
    years. Currently, I am a technical writer on the Visual Basic User Education
    team. For the Visual Studio .NET release, I worked chiefly on the Windows
    Forms documentation.



    Okay, so here's what happened this week:



    1.. I don't know.there were one or two articles about something involving
    VISUAL STUDIO .NET'S OFFICIAL LAUNCH! Aw YEAH! YAG was at VSLive! for the
    occasion; I am sure he will have a full report as to the festivities there.


    This is the first of a number of launch events that are going on throughout
    the rest of the month to celebrate the release. We're really psyched here in
    Redmond, and hope that all enjoy the new version.



    (As one of the tech writers, I would be remiss if I did not point out that
    the Visual Studio docs are available right this minute on MSDN online at:
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/de...us/vsintro7/ht
    ml/vsstartpage.asp?frame=true.)



    2.. On Tuesday, we had the first of the new series of chats based on
    Visual Studio. Jeff Danner, one of the .NET Framework technical writers,
    Brian Pepin, the lead Windows Forms developer and I spent an hour fielding
    questions about all aspects of Windows Forms. We had a great time, and it
    seemed like the folks who participated did too.


    This was the first of many chats; a number of which are occurring over the
    next few weeks (there is a schedule appended to the end of this message.)
    Beginning March 19, they'll be scheduled to occur weekly on Tuesdays at 1pm.
    They'll cover a wide variety of topics (to that end, please submit ideas for
    chats that you'd like to see - we are always open to new ideas.)



    3.. After the success of the Newsgroup Blast last week, we're going to
    look at scheduling another one (most likely for next week). We had a good
    time and got a bunch of posts answered, and there is definite excitement
    within the team that we are doing this sort of thing.


    As for what else is new.well, I know YAG sometimes includes what's going on
    in his life. My wife's birthday was this week, so on Friday night, a bunch
    of us are going to have dinner at Buca di Beppo
    (http://www.bucadibeppo.com/), which is a fun Italian place here in Seattle.
    Then, we'll probably head downtown to Palomino
    (http://seattle.citysearch.com/profile/10766642/) for some drinks and
    late-night revelry.



    See you guys next week (and Happy Valentine's Day)!



    -Seth



    Quick note from yag: I'm having a great time at VSLive! Meeting a lot of you
    both at the booth and one on one. If you're here, stop by!





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

    Executive Chat with Eric Rudder: Global XML Web Services Architecture
    Monday, February 18, 2002, 4:00 - 5:00 P.M. Pacific time (24:00 - 1:00 GMT)

    The Global XML Web Services Architecture (GXA) provides principles,
    specifications and guidelines for advancing today's XML Web services
    standards. This allows XML Web services to address more sophisticated and
    complex tasks in standard ways. Through the GXA, XML Web services will
    continue to advance while remaining the interoperable fabric of application
    internetworking. Microsoft Senior Vice President Eric Rudder will be
    available to answer your questions about the GXA and what it means for XML
    Web services.



    Programmatically creating web server control templates - POSTPONED. WATCH
    THIS SPACE FOR A NEW DATE/TIME

    This is a follow on to the white paper located at
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/de...us/dv_vbvcstec
    hart/html/vbtchCreatingWebServerControlTemplatesProgrammatically.asp and
    will focus on your questions about creating web server control templates.



    Executive Chat with Yuval Neeman: Enterprise Development
    Wednesday, February 20, 2002, 3:00 - 4:00 P.M. Pacific time (23:00 - 24:00
    GMT)

    Enterprise product development, in many ways, is very similar to traditional
    development. However, enterprise customers tend to be very systematic as
    opposed to opportunistic in their approach to building applications.
    Successfully building complex enterprise applications requires a solid
    architecture and a common understanding of requirements across the
    development team. Talk to Yuval Neeman, Microsoft Vice President, about
    Enterprise development challenges today and how Visual Studio .NET
    Enterprise toolset addresses some of these challenges including design,
    development, deployment and security.



    Becoming a Help Power User
    Tuesday, March 12, 2002, 2:00 - 3:00 P.M. Pacific Time (22:00 - 23:00 GMT)

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



    DataGrid Web Server Control
    Tuesday, March 19, 2002, 1:00 - 2:00 P.M. Pacific Time (22:00 - 23:00 GMT)

    This chat is a follow up to the white paper located at
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/de...us/dv_vbvcstec
    hart/html/vbtchTopQuestionsAboutASPNETDataGridServerControl.aspand will
    focus on your questions about the DataGrid Web Server Control.



    Working with Single File Web Form Pages
    Tuesday, March 26, 2002, 1:00 - 2:00 P.M. Pacific Time (22:00 - 23:00 GMT)

    This chat is a follow up to the white paper located at
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/de...us/dv_vstechar
    t/html/vstchWorkingWithSingle-FileWebFormsPagesInVisualStudio.asp and will
    answer questions about how to work with single-file pages in Visual Studio,
    and how to convert single-file Web Forms pages to code-behind Web Forms
    pages.



    Visual Studio .NET Enterprise Architect Tools
    Tuesday, April 2, 2002, 2:00 - 3:00 P.M. Pacific time (22:00 - 23:00 GMT)

    Successfully building complex enterprise applications requires a solid
    architecture and a common understanding of requirements across the
    development team. The role of an architect is typically to help their
    organizations build applications that scale, integrate with existing
    systems, fulfill business requirements, and be maintainable over multiple
    versions of the product. In this session, Keith Short, Software Architect
    for enterprise features within Visual Studio will answer your questions
    about the tools Visual Studio .NET Enterprise Architect provides for
    architects to build enterprise applications in a systematic, repeatable and
    predictable manner.





    White Papers released this week - available from
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/net/guide/:



    Creating Control Arrays in Visual Basic .NET and Visual C# .NET
    This paper shows how to create and manage control arrays with Visual Basic®
    ..NET and Visual C#T .NET.



    Object Role Modeling: An Overview
    This paper provides an overview of Object Role Modeling (ORM), a
    fact-oriented method for performing information analysis at the conceptual
    level. The version of ORM discussed here is supported in Microsoft Visio for
    Enterprise Architects, part of Visual Studio .NET Enterprise Architect.



    How Visual Studio .NET Generates SQL Statements for Concurrency Control
    This paper examines the SQL statements Visual Studio® .NET generates for
    different kinds of concurrency control, how to modify them for better
    performance, and how to generate a statement that does not use concurrency
    control.



    Introduction to Exception Handling in Visual Basic .NET
    This article provides an overview of structured and unstructured exception
    handling in Visual Basic .NET. It includes considerations that help you
    choose the right exception-handling alternative, the approaches involved in
    each alternative, how to create your own exceptions, and the exception
    object's properties. A table at the end lists the predefined exception
    classes and their derived classes.



    Using Classes and Structures in Visual Basic .NET
    This article is intended to help developers choose between a class and a
    structure when writing an application. You can review the basic points of
    comparison between the two types in the "Structures and Classes" topic of
    the Visual Studio .NET product documentation. To find this topic, start
    Visual Studio .NET, select Index from the Help menu, and type "structures,
    Visual Basic" in the "Look for" field. The "Structures and Classes" topic
    presents the similarities and differences, and this article discusses
    criteria that you can use to select one type or the other.



    Multithreaded Programming with Visual Basic .NET
    The .NET Framework provides new classes that make it easy to create
    multithreaded applications. This article discusses how you can use
    multithreaded programming techniques with Visual Basic® .NET to develop more
    efficient and responsive applications.



    Customizing the Visual Studio Start Page
    This article provides an in-depth look at the structure of the Microsoft®
    Visual Studio® .NET Start Page and shows you how to customize the Start Page
    by adding new content. Four examples are provided, along with the XML used
    to define the content. In addition, the process for retrieving and
    displaying information on the Start Page is explained. After reading this
    article, you will be able to create you own custom content and display it on
    the Visual Studio Start Page.



    Visual Studio .NET Technology Map
    The Microsoft® Visual Studio® .NET Technology Map is your guide to getting
    started with the latest Microsoft development environment, Visual Studio
    ..NET. Microsoft .NET introduces a new world of development possibilities,
    and Microsoft Visual Studio is the tool of choice to work with these new
    technologies.



    Upgrading to .NET
    This series of articles includes the core information a developer needs to
    start to get the most out of the .NET Framework and Visual Studio .NET,
    including tips and tricks on the new data access system (ADO.NET) and Web
    application system (ASP.NET). The articles focus particularly on the Visual
    Basic developer, but apply across all languages.



    Introduction to Visual Studio .NET: Upgrading to Microsoft .NET
    Introduces many of the different configurations, settings, and windows in
    Visual Studio .NET, to help developers take full advantage of the powerful
    new IDE.



    Visual Basic .NET Technology Map
    The Microsoft® Visual Basic® .NET Technology Map is your guide to getting
    starting with Visual Basic .NET. This new version of the popular programming
    language is more powerful than ever, and is your tool to leverage the
    possibilities of the Microsoft .NET Framework.



















  2. #2
    Kunle Odutola Guest

    Re: YAG's status report - Feb 14, 2002

    Hi Seth,


    > Visual Studio .NET Enterprise Architect Tools
    > Tuesday, April 2, 2002, 2:00 - 3:00 P.M. Pacific time (22:00 - 23:00 GMT)


    Will this cover using UML with VS.NET?. I find that I have to use Visio
    which seems not to have changed much in terms of it's series-of-diagrams
    centric orientation in comparison to say Rational Rose or Visual UML.


    > White Papers released this week - available from
    > http://msdn.microsoft.com/net/guide/:
    >
    >
    >
    > Creating Control Arrays in Visual Basic .NET and Visual C# .NET
    > This paper shows how to create and manage control arrays with Visual

    Basic®
    > .NET and Visual C#T .NET.
    >
    >
    >
    > Object Role Modeling: An Overview
    > This paper provides an overview of Object Role Modeling (ORM), a
    > fact-oriented method for performing information analysis at the conceptual
    > level. The version of ORM discussed here is supported in Microsoft Visio

    for
    > Enterprise Architects, part of Visual Studio .NET Enterprise Architect.


    Any chance of Dr Terry Halpin hosting a proper [series of] ORM chat
    session(s)?

    Kunle



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