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Bill Jones Jr. MVP Visual Basic Charlotte NC - MCP C# and VB.Net - Founder and President of the Enterprise Developers Guild (.Net User Group)
Around the “Guild Hall” We had a great meeting in June. Brian Gough, our resident SharePoint expert, introduced some of the nifty new features in Visual Studio 2010 and SharePoint 2010. We still need to understand what comes “in the box” with SharePoint so we don’t run off and program something that already exists, but the ease of development – or maybe ......

When a Southern “boy” like me sees somebody that used to be, or should be, a close friend or relative that they haven’t seen in a long time, that’s a typical greeting. Come to think of it, we were often related to close friends. So “back in the day”, we not only knew people but everybody close to them. When I started driving, my Dad told me to always ......

Augusta Code Camp Nov. 7th Augusta has been kind enough to schedule me to speak at their code camp. I’ll be sharing what every C# developer needs to know about VB XML data types and in a separate session, discussing Windows Mobile development. The list of speakers includes many of “the usual suspects”, so if you can find a way to join us, you are bound ......

Carolina Code Camp Fall 2009 We had an outstanding code camp earlier this month. Greensboro NC, Greenville SC, Columbia SC and Charleston SC all joined with Charlotte to produce a regional event. We had over 230 in attendance, a new record. As always, CPCC afforded us an incredible venue. We had a nice assortment of Hands on Labs and an incredible array ......

How time flies! Monthly Guild meetings, several code camps, an MVP Summit and oh yeah, that mobility app we did at work. We consumed 2008 and much of 2009 working with Microsoft on a serious development effort using Visual Studio 2008, SQL Server 2008, Sync Framework, SQL Server CE, Windows Mobile 6, Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows Communication ......

LINQ to SQL Geek Speak URL LIVE MEETING REPLAY URL: https://www.livemeeting.com... The login asks for a name so just type in your name and click the “View Recording” button. Then you can view or download the web cast. Enjoy! Bill J ......

Geek Speak on LINQ to SQL December 5th Despite some technical difficulties on my end, Lynn Langit and Mike Benkovich, from the MSDN team co-hosted my appearance on an excellent web cast today. We gave a good introduction into the basics of LINQ to SQL. This feature of Visual Studio 2008 and the new .NET Framework 3.5 provides and elegant way for us ......

Orcas web cast slides… Here are the slides for today’s (May 21, 2007) web cast on Orcas: http://www.aggelos.com/bill... As soon as the web cast itself is available, I’ll post that link here also. The web cast introduces the major new language elements and Visual Studio enhancements we can expect from Orcas. The heavy emphasis on LINQ ......

Charlotte .NET University Code Camp was a great success Have you heard about .NET University (www.dotnet-u.com)? It provides presentations and hands on labs for WPF, WCF, WF and Cardspace. We built our spring 2007 Code Camp on that content. We started by offering two .NET U tracks but had to expand to three. We also offered a presentation track and ......

I like Visual Basic.NET because… A professional picks a tool for logical reasons. As a professional business programmer, I pick VB.NET. Before I expound further on my choice, you should know whether or not I am qualified to have an opinion. Certified in C# and Visual Basic.NET, I was lucky enough to be chosen as Microsoft MVP in Visual Basic.NET in ......

Our data layer project has the usual hundreds of generated files. Several months ago that was no issue, but over the last month or so things began to get slower and slower. My first attempt to get back to reasonable performance was to break the data project out of my main solution. For the last few weeks even the separate project was hard to work with. ......

April started with a BANG! Doug Tunure, our Microsoft Developer Liaison, recommended me for the MVP – Most Valuable Professional award in Visual Basic and I was accepted!!! Yes, I intended to post that immediately right here, but April was consumed with hardware issues and the Visual Studio 2005 Lab Fest. Let me thank publicly all my friends and ......

Are you still using Framework 1 or 1.1? Are you using DNN 3? Did you know there is a function to convert a data reader object into a dataset built into DNN 3? Neither did I, so I wrote one. And then I found one Dan Thayer of Logical Advantage had sent me in an email a few months ago. Dan uses reflection, so his is pretty slick. If you want to see Dan's ......

You really need to check out Scott Hanselman's 2005 Ultimate Developer and Power Users Tool List: http://www.hanselman.com/bl... I'm not saying you will use everything Scott suggests, but I've already done several installs and I'm not done yet. I knew about FireFox and BgInfo, but forgot ......

So when is a server really a server? On ASP 2 set up you get a nice Steve Guthrie blog entry telling you how to init all the built in providers. Following the bouncing ball I went out to my SQL 2005 and set up an empty database. When running aspnet_regsql.exe, I didn’t see my new database. Inspiration suggested I hook up the new database to VS ......

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