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» How to Ask the User for Input
by Larry Blake | Published 10/27/2009 |  | Rating:
Visual Basic provides three easy ways to ask for input: MessageBox, InputBox and custom forms.  I'll talk a little about all three. [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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» OOP: Create, Collect, Sort, Save and Retrieve Objects
by Ged Mead | Published 03/18/2007 |  | Rating:

  Several recent posts in the VBCity Forums made me realise that it might be useful to have an article that dealt with some of the basic requirements when it comes to creating your own classes and objects.  

   Many beginners start by creating a simple game and this is often a good learning project so we will use this approach in this article.  Two key elements of a game application like this will probably be a way of creating Players and keeping a record of their High Scores . Users can log in to the game using their Player name and see their last score.

   As they play again in this session they might increase this score or start over from zero. They might even want to see how their score rates against other Players.    So we would need a way of creating a collection of Players and their Scores.  And as we usually want to see the Scores listed from highest to lowest, there will have to be a way to sort those Score values that are stored in the collection.

   Finally, it wouldn't be much use if the Scores were all lost each time the application ends, so we should also build in a way of saving the latest data to the hard drive and of course a means of retrieving  them when you need them.

   This article for beginners uses VB 2005 and shows you how to meet all these requirements.

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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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» Product Review: ComponentOne's DocToHelp
by Scott Waletzko | Published 07/14/2006 |  | Rating:
A review of ComponentOne's DocToHelp help file authoring and conversion software, written by Scott Waletzko. [read article...]
» Review: The Book of Visual Basic 2005
by Ged Mead | Published 06/24/2006 |  | Rating:

  Matthew MacDonald is a well-known and respected technical book author.    I already own and regularly use several of his previous .NET books, so when this one came out I was particularly interested to see if it came up to his usual high standard.


  Overall, I was impressed with the detail and clarity of this book which was firmly targeted at Classic VB developers who are ready to move on to .NET now that the promised improvements in VB2005 are finally here.

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» Book Review: Murach's C# 2005
by Scott Waletzko | Published 06/15/2006 |  | Rating:
A review of Murach's C# 2005 tutorial and reference book, written by Scott Waletzko (Skystone Software). [read article...]
» Book Review: Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition For Dummies
by Ged Mead | Published 06/05/2006 |  | Rating:

    "Visual Web Developer 2005 Expression Edition For Dummies" by Alan Simpson is a recent publication in this ever-popular, long running series of books.

   Although not the usual 600+ page  coder's book, don't be too quick to write this one off as of no use, advises DevCity reviewer Ged Mead.  It may be more useful than you think.




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» Creating, Using and Saving My.Settings Default Values in Visual Basic 2005
by Dave Barr | Published 05/29/2006 |  | Rating:

This is a short and very basic tutorial about creating, using and saving My.Settings default values in Visual Basic 2005. By completing this tutorial you will learn the basic steps involved in creating Settings that can be saved and re-loaded the next time your application is run...

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» Using the “Code Snippet Editor for Visual Basic 2005”
by Dave Barr | Published 05/24/2006 |  | Rating:

This is a short and very basic tutorial about using the very powerful, yet easy-to-use FREE "Code Snippet Editor for Visual Basic 2005" download that is available at By completing this tutorial you will learn the basic steps involved in creating custom snippets, and using them from within Visual Studio's Code Window...

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» Advanced Caching Techniques in ASP.NET 2.0
by Sandeep Joshi | Published 05/05/2006 |  | Rating:

Web application development is one of the key business process areas in software industry. A web application has a long life only if the user visits the application with interest.

To keep the user interest in your web site, two factors are important. One is easy navigation and the other is fast data retrieval. The most dramatic way to improve the performance of a database driven Web application is through caching.

This article delves into the caching mechanism, available with ASP.NET 2.0. The author takes a walk through ASP.NET 1.1 caching practices as well as a comparison with ASP.NET 2.0 changes.

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» Book Review: Murach's ASP.NET 2.0 Web Programming With C#
by Scott Waletzko | Published 05/02/2006 |  | Rating:


A review of Murach's ASP.NET 2.0 Web Programming With C# tutorial and reference book, written by Scott Waletzko (Skystone Software).

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» Refactoring for Everyone Part 1
by Dmytro Lapshyn | Published 02/23/2006 |  | Rating:
The word “refactoring” is quite well-known nowadays. However, I guess there are many developers who believe it is something they have never tried to do and if they have to, there’s yet another new concept to learn. Still, all of you are very likely to have refactored your code a number of times in your programmer’s career. Surprised? Read on. [read article...]
» VS2005 - Setting Windows Desktop Wallpaper
by Guest Author | Published 06/15/2004 |  | Rating:
VS2005 code for setting Windows desktop wallpaper [read article...]