Status Report - May 9, 2002

Really busy week this week. Working with some subs on expanding non-English
speaking community efforts.

The highlights for the week:

1. Coding continues on the new VB community website on GotDotNet. I'll let y
'all know when it's ready. I really hope that it becomes a place where
people can get information about all the great things going on around VB

2. Lots of work on getting people online and more user group support.

3. Work on the next version of VB .NET

4. Continuing planning for the next set of chats (mid-May thru end of
June) - if you have any topics you'd like covered, let me know! I've updated
the list thru June 11. It's coming right up in this status report. <g>


Upcoming chats (

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

Working With Data at Design Time in Visual Studio .NET
Tuesday, May 21, 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

Exception Handling in Visual Basic .NET
Tuesday, May 28, 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

Windows Forms Controls
Tuesday, June 4, 2002, 1:00 - 2:00 P.M. Pacific time (21:00 - 22:00 GMT)

The Visual Studio .NET ToolBox comes with a great deal of Windows Forms
controls that enable your applications to accomplish all manner of tasks.
Bring your questions about the Windows Forms controls, and we'll see what we
can do about getting you some answers.

Working with Windows Forms DataGrid Controls
Tuesday, June 11, 2002, 1:00 - 2:00 P.M. Pacific time (21:00 - 22:00 GMT)

Learn how to get the most out of the DataGrid! Join us for an open
discussion of programming with the Windows Forms DataGrid control.

White Papers
Accessing the Registry with Visual Basic .NET

This article describes how to access the registry using the Visual Basic®
..NET built-in functions, DeleteSetting, GetAllSettings, GetSetting and
SaveSetting, as well as using the Registry and RegistryKey classes of the
common language runtime. It details the required permissions, explains when
to use the Registry Editor, and shows you how to read from and write to the
registry programmatically.


Yair Alan Griver
Lead PM/Evangelist
Microsoft Corporation

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