VB Beginners And Productivity

One topic that regularly gets discussed amongst the MVP community is the positioning of VB in the market. I come from a C-based background. I used to do spend my days doing (and teaching) systems programming in C. Yet, I choose to build our business apps in VB rather than C#. My major reasons are: 1. I can write code faster in VB than in C#. Even though VB is “wordier”, the intellisense works well for me and I find I’m much faster than in C#. 2. The IDE works better for VB. I’m not sure why I feel that but … Continue reading VB Beginners And Productivity

Another ADO.NET Book

Finally finished reading another ADO.NET book. (I’ve been trying to read all the notable ones). “ADO.NET Examples and Best Practices for C# Programmers” by Bill Vaughn (with Peter Blackburn). ISBN 1-59059-012-054995 on A-Press. Bill always writes well. This book though is now showing its age. It was written for the framework 1.0 and so is at the stage before things like the ODBC managed provider had appeared. The coverage of ADO.NET isn’t bad. It’s largely based on a comparison with ADO, which Bill calls ADOc (for COM). We differ a bit on a few recommendations like typed dataset usage and … Continue reading Another ADO.NET Book

Moved The Blog

Finally decided to move the blog out of TheSpoke to more salubrious surroundings. Thanks to Susan Bradley for setting up this site. Noticed Bill McCarthy was here so decided to join him.

Back In Town

Repost from 25th May 2004Well, I’m back in Brizzie this week. Back in town teaching a Transact SQL class. I finished the last of the current Smart Client seminar series in Canberra on Friday. Great group of developers there. Solid representation from the guys at Tower Software.The seminars have been fun and I’ve met (or met again) a great group of developers from all over the country. It’s been interesting to see what many are planning in the way of smart client deployments.The May community tech preview of Visual Studio is out today. Must download it tonight and get it … Continue reading Back In Town

INETA Conference

Repost from 17th May 2004I recently travelled to Bangkok to attend the Asia Pacific Leadership summit for INETA (the International .NET Association). We had an interesting (and fairly intense) couple of days.I’m quite upbeat about the plans for INETA into the future and think our region really could become the most interesting region.Most amazing details at the conference were provided by the Korean folk. They have two online communities of developers: one with 32000 and another with 18000. They have a single annual meeting/conference that runs for a full day from 8am to 6pm. They typically have 7-8000 attending. They … Continue reading INETA Conference

More Books Finished

Repost from 17th May 2004While travelling around doing the latest series of Smart Client seminars around Australia, I’ve finished reading another couple of books.“A First Look at ADO.NET and System.Xml v. 2.0” by Alex Homer, Dave Sussman and Mark Fussell. I really am liking this new series (ie the Microsoft  .NET Development Series) from Addison Wesley. This particular book is also pretty worthwhile. The treatment of ADO.NETv2 is ok although it’s a bit like a cut-down manual with lots of pages of property lists, etc. It’s also now a bit dated as I know of various things covered in it … Continue reading More Books Finished

Datetime Data

Repost from 26th March 2004Did the last of my current series of webcasts this morning. Think I’m finally getting the hang of it. Seemed to go smoothly 🙂We also had our 2nd SQL Servers User Group meeting in Brizzie last night. Went great. We were up to 46 attendees (from 25 1st meeting). Rod Colledge gave a summary of securing sql server. Rob Risetto presented a session on using sql profiler to detect a wide variety of issues when managing a large number of server. (He and his group currently manage over 90 servers with around 4000 databases).One topic that … Continue reading Datetime Data

Webcasts On ADO.NET

Repost from 24th March 2004Did another webcast on ADO.NET v2 and Whidbey this morning for the US MSDN folk. Have part 2 of it coming up Friday morning (3am Brizzie time) – 9am PST Thursday (their time).Didn’t have any performance problems with the equipment today. I’ve added more memory to my notebook to take it up to 1GB. Makes such a difference when running Virtual PC as I was able to give the pc image around 600M of memory to work with. That fits VS/Whidbey, Yukon, SQL Profiler, etc. in memory just fine.One thing that’s changed with VB.NET that I’m … Continue reading Webcasts On ADO.NET

Dot Net Collective

Repost from 15th March 2004Tony O’Hagan has put a bunch of resources in place at his new .NET Collective. You can see it at: www.dotnet-collective.com.

Basic Grids

Repost from 13th March 2004Was looking for a really basic (ie lightweight also) grid control. In VB6, we used to use the MS Flexgrid. It was ok but a bit too basic. For example, you needed to handle all keystrokes yourself.It’s a pity a non-bound grid wasn’t part of the standard toolkit for Windows Forms in .NET. However, the VB Resource Kit for .NET (free) includes a number of cool components. The one that provided the answer was the FlexGrid from Component One. Having now worked with it for a few days, I really like it. It’s simple and it … Continue reading Basic Grids