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» Creating a ComboBox with Individual ToolTips for each Item
by Ged Mead | Published 02/24/2010 |  | Rating:

In this article, Ged Mead demonstrates an easy way to use WPF and Windows Forms Interop to create and use a ComboBox that displays ToolTips for individual ComboBox items.

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» Beginning ASP.Net 3.5 in [C# / VB] 2008
by Larry Blake | Published 07/23/2009 |  | Rating:

Matthew MacDonald wrote Visual Basic and C# versions of this book, with the subtitle "From Novice to Professional".

Larry Blake reviews it.

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» WinForms and WPF Interop - The Best of Both Worlds
by Ged Mead | Published 07/12/2008 |  | Rating:

  Whenever I see a question along the lines of "How can I include an image alongside each item in a list of items or use more than one font, or varying background colors?" I usually find myself muttering "WPF!".    This is a lot more sociable and positive than many of the things I mutter as I sit here each day, but finally I've realised that I need to do something about it.

  The result is this article, which works through the steps needed to harness the rich UI features of WPF to the more familiar paradigm of Windows Forms.

   The example used will show you how easy it can be to use a WPF control in a Windows Forms application and you can use this article as the stepping stone to creating your own.  The ListBox layout shown below will be created in WPF and ported over to be used in a Windows Forms application.  

WPF ListBox Control Example [read article...]
» Multithreading The Easy Way: The BackgroundWorker
by Ged Mead | Published 06/01/2008 |  | Rating:

  Sometimes you may need  your application to work on a slow or time- consuming task in such a way that your user isn't kept waiting unnecessarily while this is happening.

   The answer to this problem is to use multithreading.   Having seen many forum questions about multithreading, I know that many people are a bit apprehensive about tackling it.  However,  as it turns out, the BackgroundWorker component is versatile  and easy to use, providing a painless solution to this requirement. 

   In this article I will show you how you can  incorporate the BackgroundWorker into your projects to give your users a more professional and less frustrating experience.



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» Windows Presentation Foundation: FlowDocuments (Part 1)
by Ged Mead | Published 04/01/2008 |  | Rating:
When WPF first came on the scene, one of the features that got a lot of air time was the display of documents.  Leading edge projects like the NY Times Reader and the British Library manuscript display raised a lot of awareness of the possibilities.  Strangely though, since VS 2008 shipped there doesn't seem to have been a lot of mention of this part of the package.  So I thought I'd take a look at how easy (or not) document handling really is in WPF. [read article...]
» How to Retrieve EMC Centera Cluster/Pool Capabilities
by Adel Eddin | Published 01/08/2008 |  | Rating:


This article is part of a series of articles that I am writing to illustrate the use of EMC Centera SDK and the .NET wrapper being developed as open source project to store “fixed content” on the EMC Centera storage appliance.

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» Structured Exception Handling in .NET (ApplicationException)
by Arnaldo Sandoval | Published 11/04/2006 |  | Rating:

Everyone tries to write error free applications, but we all know end users are smarter than us, finding ways to break our well protected applications.   Then we are given the answer "I don't know" when we ask the obvious question "What were you doing?", or "I can't find it" to our inquiry "Did you write down the error message?"

This article guides you through  the .Net Framework features at your disposal to handle applications' errors, also known as Exceptions.  Once you understand the concepts, the code supplied could be integrated into your existing or new applications, providing  comprehensive Exceptions support that will benefit your endusers and support team.

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» Book Review: Programming MS VB 2005: The Language
by Ged Mead | Published 10/17/2006 |  | Rating:

   Francesco Balena has published his latest book on Visual Basic, this time turning his attention to the 2005 version of the language.

  Ged Mead reviewed this book.


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