NET development community

  • March 29, 2006 29 Mar'06

    Windows and open source: Q&A with Miguel De Icaza

    Miguel De Icaza has been a major mover of Mono, the open-source framework for .NET since the get-go. These days he shepherds along Mono from within Novell Inc. At Novell's BrainShare conference in 2006, he discussed the latest doings with writer ...

  • February 11, 2006 11 Feb'06

    Motto with Visual Studio, Atlas and MSBee: Ship early, ship often

    Software releases are no longer something that happen at a single point in time. For major products, it is now an ongoing continuous process. This brings new challenges, writes Mike Gunderloy.

  • December 27, 2005 27 Dec'05

    2005: A good year for most VBers

    For many of us, 2005 was a year of VB .NET, writes Mike Gunderloy. Even though VB .NET is more complex than classic character-mode BASIC, you can still pick up the Express Edition and be writing code that does stuff on the screen within a few hours....

  • December 07, 2005 07 Dec'05

    Microsoft gets its annual performance review

    When the snow starts to fly, you know its time for the annual critique of Microsoft from the sages at the Kirkland, Wash., consulting firm, Directions on Microsoft. Among the recommendations for 2006 are more tools for Vista development and clearer ...

  • December 01, 2005 01 Dec'05

    The best of the Missing Links

    From robot lobsters and brain downloads to scientific cow-tipping and a rat on the run, takes a look back at some of the stories that made us chuckle in 2005.

  • November 21, 2005 21 Nov'05

    Visual Studio 2005 and the quality factor

    Visual Studio 2005 clearly is not perfect. But Mike Gunderloy has a different view on this lack of perfection. It is not a product issue, but, in this era of blogs, it is a perception issue.

  • November 09, 2005 09 Nov'05

    Microsoft offers free Visual Basic 2005 Express tool

    Microsoft has long pursued the hobbyist and student software community with inexpensive and easy-to-use development tools. It is redoubling that effort, rolling back pricing on its new Visual Studio Express tools line. For one year, Visual Basic, C#...

  • August 05, 2005 05 Aug'05

    The joy of downloads

    Software downloads used to attract only pirates and shareware folks. Now they're pervasive. Contributor Mike Gunderloy explains how developers can best use them and provides a list of his own favorites.

  • April 08, 2005 08 Apr'05

    Visual Basic 6: Not yet gone or forgotten

    Some Visual Basic 6 developers have been feeling pretty unloved recently. They may feel more warm if they visit a VB 6 resource center that has become part of MSDN.

  • March 26, 2005 26 Mar'05

    MSDN pricing: Case of bad expectation setting?

    MSDN support for the various editions of Visual Studio 2005 gets steeper on the higher end. Mike Gunderloy sorts through the options.

  • February 05, 2004 05 Feb'04

    What the $%*#? Web site offers repository of rudeness

    Get the bar of soap ready. Your mouth may need some scrubbing after a few clicks on "Swearsaurus." Although it sounds like a dinosaur with a potty mouth, this site is like a of curses -- a polyglot lexicon of lewd language. But at least ...

  • November 18, 2002 18 Nov'02

    IBM to tempt mid-sized companies away from .NET

    Big Blue is turning its middleware attention to smaller organizations with a raft of incentives and more 'Express' product offerings aimed at attracting ISVs to its Java middleware platform. If successful, the451 believes the moves could be at the ...

  • January 03, 2001 03 Jan'01

    Q&A with Capital Area Visual Basic User Group (CAVBUG)

    During the recent US elections, the media descended on our nation's capital, saturating us with US presidential news coverage. You may be tired of that presidential coverage, but there's another president residing near the capital about whom I think...

  • August 22, 2000 22 Aug'00

    VBUG: Strong hive of VB programmers

    Do not call it a user group. VBUG, a UK-based professional organization for Visual Basic programmers, wants to be known as much more