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New Stuff on the Infragistics Website today
A pot pouri of new stuff went up on the Infragistics website today: Download the new NetAdvantage 2005 for Visual Studio 2005 Public Beta Infragistics Technology Theatre -http://www.infragistics.co... library of downloadable videos covering all types of beginner and advanced topics. Watch and listen as fellow Infragistics Technology Evangelist Tom Puglisi walks you through a variety of topics covering Windows Forms, ASP.NET and application design with the NetAdvantage controls. Over ......

Posted On Friday, November 18, 2005 12:52 PM

Introducing the Infragistics UIElementViewer Utility
A core concept of the Infragistics NetAdvantage Windows Forms control is the idea of UIElements. UIElements are the individual elements of a control, that when drawn together give you the familiar look you are used to. A great part of using the NetAdvantage controls is that we expose hooks into the controls as they draw each individual UIElement, so that you can inject your own custom drawing logic. There are two means by which you can interact with the individual UIElements in the Windows Forms ......

Posted On Thursday, November 17, 2005 2:51 PM

Arg...VS2005 frustrations already
I discovered an interesting (and extremely frustrating) phenomenon in working on my first Windows Forms project in VS2005. VS2005 lets you add a SQL Express database to your project through the Add New Item dialog, which is really a convenient way of adding a data store to your application. When you add the database this way, VS2005 automatically adds it as a Data Source to the application and wires up the connection string info in the app.config file. All was working well in my application until ......

Posted On Thursday, November 17, 2005 8:20 AM

Visual Studio 2005 San Francisco Launch
So I was sitting in the auditorium with 3000 of my closest friends watching the keynotes intro video and who should show up on the big screens?? You guessed it, friend, podcaster and and fellow GWB blogger John Alexander: (Sorry for the crappy camera phone photo) Also making cameos in the video were Billy Hollis, Rocky Lhotka and possibly Michele Leroux Bustamante. Overall the keynote was focus mainly on SQL 2005, Biztalk 2006 and how .NET 2.0 has improvements in it for talking advantage of highend ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 8, 2005 10:23 AM

Enabling HTML Intellisense for 3rd party server controls
Visual Studio 2002-2003 allows 3rd party control vendors to plug into the Visual Studio HTML Intellisense system through the use of XSD schemas. If a control vendor provides a schema for their controls, then Visual Studio can use that schema to generate HTML Intellisense for you in the HTML designer. Unfortunately, the system is not ideal, quite brittle, and quite dependent on the actual HTML that is present in the web page or user control. As a control vendor this presents problems because we generally ......

Posted On Friday, November 4, 2005 7:32 AM

Uninstalling VS2005 Pre-release versions
If you have a pre-release version of VS2005 (full or express skus) installed, then before you install the release version you must uninstall any of the prerelease software and components you had installed, and you have to do it in a certain order. If you run the VS2005 prerelease versions Uninstall app from your Add/Remove Programs applet in Windows you will get a nice notice letting you know this. Fortunately, Microsoft has released a really nice tool that will uninstall all of the VS2005 prerelease ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 1, 2005 8:33 AM

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