Status Report - May 16, 2002

Hey there, pretty good week. Work continues on increasing product group
participation. I'm off to San Francisco for the weekend - hope there's a lot
of sun. <g>

I'd really be interested in hearing of any common scenarios that you find
difficult in VB.NET. Let's narrow it down first to Winform based apps. Look
forward to hearing from you! To keep it interesting and allow for feedback,
please post your messages here online so others can see them.

The highlights for the week:

1. Coding continues on the new VB community website on GotDotNet. Current
target is mid-June. I really hope that it becomes a place where people can
get information about all the great things going on around VB .NET.

2. Lots of work on getting people online and more user group support. Amanda
from our group spoke at the local VB User Group this week on inheritance,
multithreading and calling back and forth to/from VB6 apps. Great session.

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!


Upcoming chats (

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
Exception Management Application Block Update for VS.Net RTM
Summary: The Exception Management Application Block provides a simple yet
extensible framework for handling exceptions. With a single line of
application code you can easily log exception information to the Event Log
or extend it by creating your own components that log exception details to
other data sources or notify operators, without affecting your application
code. The Exception Management Application Block can easily be used as a
building block in your own .NET application. (18 printed pages)

Data Access Application Block Overview
Summary: The Data Access Application Block is a .NET component that contains
optimized data access code that will help you call stored procedures and
issue SQL text commands against a SQL Server database. It returns
SqlDataReader, DataSet, and XmlReader objects. You can use it as a building
block in your own .NET application to reduce the amount of custom code you
need to create, test, and maintain. The download provides full C# and Visual
Basic .NET source code and comprehensive documentation. (15 printed pages)


Yair Alan Griver
Lead PM/Evangelist
Microsoft Corporation

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