Status Report - August 22, 2002

Went camping again last weekend on Mount Rainier - I gotta say, if you get a
chance to make it out here - it's really beautiful. As far as technical
things to talk about, here we go!

1.. The user group tour continues. Thanks to all of you whoa are coming
out to see us. This coming week we have events in California, Missouri and
Oregon. Check out for a full list of
cities and dates.
2.. VBTV is live and in your face! <g> Take one part technical Webcast,
one part talk show, mix in some product managers, a loveable redneck, 2
rocket scientists, a DJ, and a head in a box, and you've got VBTV. Episode
One covers the fundamentals of VB .NET.
3.. We've created a "try before you buy" website for those of you
interesting in .NET! Check out
4.. Chats continue on. I've listed the upcoming ones below - and
transcripts of completed chants are available at:
5.. In addition to the chats listed below, here's a support webcast that
you may find interesting: Windows Forms DataGrid Control - An Introduction.
It takes place on Thursday, September 5, 2002 at 10:00 A.M. Pacific time
(Greenwich mean time - 7 hours). This session introduces the Windows Forms
DataGrid Control. You will learn about binding at design time and at run
time, managing appearance, customizing views, rich formatting, and the
editing capabilities of the control. The website is:


Upcoming chats (
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
Walkthrough: Manipulating Files using .NET Framework Methods

Intended for the beginning Visual Basic .NET programmer, this article
illustrates how to create a diary application, MyLog. It begins by creating
the interface used to write to the diary, and it then adds the writing
functionality, including how to display the contents of the diary, and how
to remove or edit entries.

Creating Visual Basic .NET Controls from Scratch
This month Billy Hollis shows you how to build a visual control from scratch
that renders its own interface.


Yair Alan Griver
Lead PM/Evangelist
Microsoft Corporation

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