• April 17, 2007 17 Apr'07

    Learning .NET: Book Excerpts from

    With topics ranging from Master Pages to data binding to Visual Studio Tools for Office, our chapter downloads will help you stay on top of your game.

  • March 31, 2007 31 Mar'07

    Microsoft unveils VB 2005 'Power Packs'

    The company has released a third Visual Basic 2005 add-in, known as a Power Pack, and is soliciting suggestions for future tools.

  • March 30, 2007 30 Mar'07

    Ten cool Visual Studio Orcas features, part 2

    This series looks at what's new in Visual Studio Orcas. Part 2 examines language improvements in Visual Basic 9, such as the Language Integrated Query and IntelliSense.

  • March 29, 2007 29 Mar'07

    Ten cool Visual Studio Orcas features, part 1

    This series looks at what's new in Visual Studio Orcas. Part 1 examines improvements to the IDE itself and describes the new Entity Framework in ADO.NET.

  • March 27, 2007 27 Mar'07

    ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit promotes easy Web plug-ins

    Adding Ajax to Web apps involves little more than the drag and drop of components from the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit, Microsoft demonstrated at the DevConnections conference.

  • March 20, 2007 20 Mar'07

    Make the software development life cycle work for you

    The software development life cycle is much more than writing code -- there's testing, analysis, configuration and much more. Here Joe Niski of the Burton Group outlines the SDLC and how best to manage it. Tools that are methodology- or ...

  • March 05, 2007 05 Mar'07

    Microsoft lowers the bar for non-professional developers

    Microsoft brings software development to the masses with a Web site designed to introduce absolute beginners to programming with its Visual Studio 2005 Express Edition products.

  • March 05, 2007 05 Mar'07

    Visual Studio 2005 SDK 4.0 now available

    Microsoft has released its fourth and final SDK for Visual Studio 2005. The focus in this release is to make the SDK easier to use for veterans and newcomers alike.

  • March 02, 2007 02 Mar'07

    How .NET developers can address the DST change

    Microsoft has published several guidelines for bringing Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 applications in line with the new Daylight Savings Time (DST) regulations.

  • February 19, 2007 19 Feb'07

    Using WPF to give .NET applications that missing something

    Microsoft's "Ready for a New Day" Vista launch tour is showing developers how to use .NET 3.0 and Visual Studio 2005 to mimic the operating system's new user experience.

  • February 16, 2007 16 Feb'07

    What Windows Vista means for .NET developers

    From the Office 2007 Ribbon to Visual Basic 6 support and a Registry "Jedi mind trick," Microsoft says there is a lot for developers to like about the new Windows Vista.

  • January 29, 2007 29 Jan'07

    Putting privacy on the developers' front burner

    Microsoft's privacy guidelines for developing software, Web sites and services are looking to advance the discussion of best practices for programmers.

  • January 25, 2007 25 Jan'07

    ASP.NET AJAX released

    Microsoft's toolkit for incorporating Ajax functionality into ASP.NET applications has been released. The company is also giving ASP.NET AJAX full product support and will soon release its source code.

  • January 04, 2007 04 Jan'07

    Infragistics releases two .NET development tools

    The company has updated its TestAdvantage and NetAdvantage tools, with the latter now supporting Microsoft's ASP.NET AJAX library and controls.

  • January 02, 2007 02 Jan'07

    Learning .NET: Application Development Resources from

    From Ajax to Visual Studio,'s learning guides cover the topics most important to .NET developers. Explore these key resources here.

  • December 08, 2006 08 Dec'06

    Actual Installer aims for better app installation

    Softeza Development's Actual Installer is a tool for creating custom installation packages by using a wizard-style interface.

  • December 06, 2006 06 Dec'06

    Of bridges and Office 2007 user interfaces

    To Mike Gunderloy, the Office 2007 UI license seems to say Microsoft assumes all control over Office UI innovations. It's like claiming ownership of the Brooklyn Bridge, and it's a scary though for the future of development, he says.

  • November 28, 2006 28 Nov'06

    Microsoft's Vista experience offers developers a lesson

    On the eve of Vista's formal unveiling, a former Microsoft developer blogs about his year spent working on the shutdown menu and only the shutdown menu. The lesson -- the more layers of complexity in a project, the longer it takes and the worse it ...

  • November 20, 2006 20 Nov'06

    Visual Studio 2005 Learning Guide

    We've added a plethora of articles, tips, book excerpts and other references to this learning guide, which dives deeply into Microsoft's IDE for application development.

  • November 09, 2006 09 Nov'06

    Naxos Development offers collection of UI components

    The UI Components Collection is a set of more than 30 extended controls and components for .NET 1.1 and 2.0.

  • October 25, 2006 25 Oct'06

    Case study: Microsoft WPF connects researchers to their 3D world

    The Scripps Research Institute's new collaboration application utilizes prerelease versions of Microsoft Vista, Windows Presentation Foundation, and SharePoint Server 2007.

  • October 23, 2006 23 Oct'06

    .NET 3.0 Roadshow: An introduction to Windows CardSpace

    At Dr. Dobbs' .NET 3.0 Roadshow, Michele Leroux Bustamante offered a look inside Microsoft's new identity metasystem, in which users create "cards" containing personal information. It promises better security that the username and password method of...

  • October 23, 2006 23 Oct'06

    .NET 3.0 Roadshow: An introduction to WF

    At Dr. Dobbs' .NET 3.0 Roadshow, Brian Noyes explained the inner workings of Windows Workflow Foundation, including its hosting model and its communication options. The ultimate goal is to graphically depict business processes in a way everyone can ...

  • October 23, 2006 23 Oct'06

    .NET 3.0 Roadshow: Programming SOA with WCF

    At Dr. Dobbs' .NET 3.0 Roadshow, Juval Lowy led several sessions on Windows Communication Foundation, Microsoft's tool for service-oriented programming. WCF provides "off-the-shelf plumbing" that lets developers spend more time on business logic.

  • October 23, 2006 23 Oct'06

    .NET 3.0 Roadshow: Instance management, security in WCF

    Dr. Dobbs' .NET 3.0 Roadshow devoted much attention to Windows Communication Foundation. Here we look at how to manage and secure the message that WCF sends.

  • October 11, 2006 11 Oct'06

    Microsoft's WF, powered by XOML, promises simplified workflows

    The Extensible Object Markup Language gives syntax to the various workflow types in Windows applications. It is the underlying language of the upcoming Windows Workflow Foundation.

  • September 26, 2006 26 Sep'06

    Q&A with "Domain-Driven Design" author Jimmy Nilsson

    Jimmy Nilsson studied the early authors of Doman-Driven Design. He put these notions into practice.

  • September 07, 2006 07 Sep'06

    Genome brings object-relational mapping to .NET

    Genome's ORM functionality goes beyond SQL concepts to allow strongly-typed query snippets. V3.0 adds support for class model generation in VB.NET.

  • August 28, 2006 28 Aug'06

    Tuning .NET applications for peak performance

    As .NET gains traction as an enterprise platform, experts say .NET app performance management is the next frontier. Many tools aim to make the .NET server pool more manageable.

  • August 22, 2006 22 Aug'06

    The wiki-fication of MSDN

    Microsoft now allows registered users to leave comments on MSDN, its developer documentation site. Mike Gunderloy finds the user posts helpful but says Microsoft must do more if it wants to call the site a wiki.

  • August 17, 2006 17 Aug'06

    Visual Studio 2003 Service Pack 1 now available

    Microsoft has released a major update to its Visual Studio 2003 IDE.

  • August 04, 2006 04 Aug'06 podcast: What readers said about the state of VB

    Our latest podcast looks at the results of a recent reader survey. Find out what two of your peers said about VB in particular and software development in general.

  • July 21, 2006 21 Jul'06 survey: VB.NET making progress, but VB 6 still No. 1

    Our latest reader survey shows an increase in VB.NET development, though VB 6 remains the language of choice for readers. Results also indicate an uptick in Web development.

  • July 15, 2006 15 Jul'06

    VSTS meets unit testing, part 2: Integration and automation

    Bringing better integration to test and development is one of Visual Studio Team System's main goals. VSTS tries to make test and report correlation easier.

  • July 10, 2006 10 Jul'06

    Adesso introduces developable data sync

    Adesso NOW OE|S offers a synchronization service that developers can customize themselves and a variety of free downloads to get them started.

  • June 23, 2006 23 Jun'06

    Visual Basic 2005 programming: Ten tips and time-savers

    Programming in Visual Basic 2005 can be relatively painless, thanks to templates, the My namespace, refactoring and snippets. These 10 tips and time-savers come from Tech Ed 2006.

  • June 23, 2006 23 Jun'06

    Can VB 6 and VB.NET forms coexist?

    Time and money are two of the biggest reasons developers don't migrate VB 6 applications. A toolkit due later this year will let VB 6 and VB.NET forms coexist.

  • June 23, 2006 23 Jun'06

    Tech Ed series: Visual Basic past, present and future

    This three-part series looks at Tech Ed sessions devoted to VB 6, VB 2005 and VB 9.

  • June 23, 2006 23 Jun'06

    Stand up if you love VB!

    Site Editor Jack Vaughan reflects on his first encounter with Bill Gates -- at the 1991 event when Microsoft introduced Visual Basic -- and what Gates' departure means for VB.

  • June 23, 2006 23 Jun'06

    Visual Basic's future: LINQ, Orcas and, yes, VB 6

    Microsoft is working both on its next version of VB, which promises better data query capabilities, and on ensuring that VB 6 apps will run in Vista.

  • June 14, 2006 14 Jun'06

    At Tech Ed: What VSTS brings to the development team

    The pressure to release an application can cause developers to skimp on testing. Features within Visual Studio Team System address this fault well, one Tech Ed expert said.

  • June 02, 2006 02 Jun'06

    QALoad 5.5 tester boasts better reporting, improved wizards

    Compuware introduced the QALoad 5.5 performance tester, a wizard-driven automated test suite that includes a parameterization wizard that reduces scripting complexity.

  • June 02, 2006 02 Jun'06

    Component for reading CSV data

    JDP Group has released KBCsv, a .NET library for reading and writing Comma Separated Value, or CSV, data.

  • May 31, 2006 31 May'06

    Visual Studio Team System adds database personality

    The 'team' supported by Microsoft's Visual Studio Team System [VSTS] is getting bigger. VSTS, which presently has profiles for architects, developers and testers, is adding support for database developers and administrators, the company said...

  • May 15, 2006 15 May'06

    With Microsoft's Atlas toolkit, no wait for Ajax controls

    With two releases in the last month, the Atlas Control Toolkit is giving developers Ajax controls for ASP.NET apps long before Atlas is due for release. Soon developers will be able to submit their own controls as well.

  • May 11, 2006 11 May'06

    Webcast: How to upgrade legacy VB 6 applications

    With years of effort and money behind many legacy VB 6 apps, it often makes more sense to upgrade than to rewrite. Author Keith Pleas outlines the ins and outs of upgrading to.NET.

  • May 02, 2006 02 May'06

    Atlas: Think before you lift

    In classical mythology, Atlas bore the weight of the heavens and the earth on his back. If you don't want to share his fate, be careful about deploying Microsoft Atlas technology. Though it's state-of-the-art, it's also pre-release and not right for...

  • April 27, 2006 27 Apr'06

    Genome 2.5.2 ORM offers unique query language

    The Genome 2.5.2 object-relational mapper for .NET features merged support for MS SQL Server 2000/2005 and Oracle 9i/10g databases in a single build.

  • April 26, 2006 26 Apr'06

    Style, data binding, rendering improvements in Nevron Chart for .NET 4.0

    Nevron Chart for .NET offers raster and vector graphics and 2D and 3D image rendering for Windows Forms charts.

  • March 30, 2006 30 Mar'06's MIX06 page

    UPDATED -- Sessions from MIX06 are now online. Microsoft's latest conference, MIX06, is all about Web applications and how to make them flashy, functional, easy to maintain and profitable. This page highlights's coverage of the ...

  • March 30, 2006 30 Mar'06

    MIX06 recap: How bloggers reacted to Microsoft's latest show

    Bloggers covered all the bases at Microsoft's MIX06 show. Here we look at what the community said about the conference.

  • March 22, 2006 22 Mar'06

    MIX06: Microsoft covers browsers and beyond with new framework

    At MIX06, Microsoft showed developers Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) apps that ranged beyond the Web browser to include mobile devices and widescreen TV. The new WPF APIs represent the company's attempt to speed application deployment of user...

  • March 21, 2006 21 Mar'06

    Mini-Guide: Microsoft Atlas

    How will the growing interest in AJAX and the Web 2.0 movement impact you as a Microsoft developer? In a word, it's called Atlas. Microsoft Atlas is a new ASP.NET AJAX framework that simplifies and extends the AJAX development approach. Find out how...

  • March 21, 2006 21 Mar'06

    ASP.NET AJAX Mini-Guide

    How will the growing interest in AJAX and the Web 2.0 movement impact you as a Microsoft developer? In a word, it's called Atlas. Microsoft Atlas is a new ASP.NET AJAX framework that simplifies and extends the AJAX development approach. Find out how...

  • March 07, 2006 07 Mar'06

    Testing and Debugging Learning Guide

    Discover the testing tools included in Visual Studio Team Edition and start whipping your application into shape today. The content in our guide is arranged by task and test type to help you quickly understand how to create, manage and run your own ...

  • February 22, 2006 22 Feb'06

    Visual Basic .NET migration costs more than expected, Gartner says

    Migrating from Visual Basic 6 to Visual Basic .NET could take six months and cost a company $43,000 per developer, according to Gartner Group research.

  • February 14, 2006 14 Feb'06

    Ajax programming: The what, how and when

    The Ajax programming tool market remains plentiful. Before jumping on the bandwagon, make sure the technology is right for your application and your users, a recent Burton Group report concludes.

  • January 18, 2006 18 Jan'06

    Visual Basic 6 to Visual Basic 2005 migration: Tips for getting started

    Microsoft hopes developers readying VB 6 to VB.NET 2.0 migrations can benefit from best practices the company has garnered over recent years. Wizards have their limits and assessment tools can help experts Keith Pleas and Federico Zoufaly tell ...

  • January 05, 2006 05 Jan'06

    MS offering sample source code in VS 2005 starter kits

    Microsoft is offering source code for a variety of different applications in downloadable Visual Studio 2005 Starter Kits.

  • December 22, 2005 22 Dec'05

    Decompile, analyze code with .NET Reflector

    .NET Reflector is a class browser and decompiler for .NET components with code analysis features that will also let developers see who uses any given class member.

  • December 22, 2005 22 Dec'05

    Araxis Merge Professional 6.5

    Merge is a visual file comparison/merging and folder synchronization application. It lets software developers compare, understand and combine different source file versions of projects.

  • December 22, 2005 22 Dec'05

    ComponentOne suite ready for VS 2005

    ComponentOne has updated its ComponentOne Studio Enterprise for compatibility with Visual Studio 2005 and the .NET Framework 2.0.

  • December 15, 2005 15 Dec'05


    Our intrepid reporter talks with a software agent; what's up with Ray Ozzie; more

  • December 14, 2005 14 Dec'05

    Patterns & Practices Summit 2005: Day 1

    The Patterns & Practices Summit West 2005 kicked off with a keynote address from Alan Cooper comparing modern day software engineering management to industrial age management principles. Day One also held presentations including a Smart Client Case ...

  • December 02, 2005 02 Dec'05

    My dinner with Cyber Ivar

    Our reporter asks questions of an online version of Ivar Jacobson, noted software methodologist. Discussed: processes, methodologies and software avatars that one can query.

  • November 30, 2005 30 Nov'05

    WCF: Connecting Web services with the System.ServiceModel

    In this technical article, Wiliam Tay outlines the Windows Communication Foundation and how it helps developers build full-fledged, secure Web services.

  • November 16, 2005 16 Nov'05

    UML "Amigo" Ivar Jacobson endorses Microsoft tool

    Ivar Jacobson, one of three technical founders of the Unified Modeling Language (UML), this week pledged to support Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team System.

  • November 08, 2005 08 Nov'05

    Microsoft ready to grow lifecycle tool space

    As Microsoft ushered Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005 out the door this week, the company reported growth in revenue, the.NET community and its lists of SQL and VS partners. That positions the company well as it enters the lifecycle tools ...

  • November 06, 2005 06 Nov'05

    WinForms 2.0: What's new

    Numerous WinForms improvements will greet developers when they get started with Visual Studio 2005. This article summarizes some of the major benefits developers can expect.

  • November 02, 2005 02 Nov'05

    Chrome extends Pascal to the .NET platform

    RemObjects' Chrome for Visual Studio extends Object Pascal programming to Visual Studio .NET 2003 and 2005.

  • October 26, 2005 26 Oct'05

    Expert asks if Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 is too feature rich

    Author Charles Petzold last week decried Visual Studio's "insistence on writing code" for developers in a speech entitled "Does Visual Studio Rot the Mind?" to the NYC .NET developers group.

  • October 19, 2005 19 Oct'05

    Visual Basic 2005 Learning Guide

    Get prepared for Visual Basic 2005 today with this extensive collection of resources. Along with being introduced to new features, you can download the prerelease software. Learn how to upgrade your existing projects and applications and get your ...

  • October 17, 2005 17 Oct'05

    Views on building .NET smart clients

    Smart clients blend traits of traditional desktops with browser technology. Windows developers can use new tools to create variations on these themes.

  • October 10, 2005 10 Oct'05

    Let's think about LINQ

    Whether or not you are thinking about 2008 -- when LINQ might hit the streets -- there is simply no avoiding the fact that the VB language is becoming more and more complex. Using cutting-edge features like LINQ is going to require you to ...

  • September 28, 2005 28 Sep'05

    VSTO and the Tai of the Office object model

    In a conversation with Microsoft's Eric Carter and Eric Lippert, the importance of object models is discussed; specifically, a model that can have the same structure a the business model that developers may code against.

  • September 23, 2005 23 Sep'05

    With VB growing, it's time to specialize

    Contributor Mike Gunderloy is becoming increasingly convinced that the age when anyone could seriously say "I am a VB developer" and convincingly present themselves as a generalist, able to work in any corner of the VB technology universe, is ...

  • September 16, 2005 16 Sep'05

    At the PDC: Infragistics tools ready to roll with .NET 2.0

    At the Professional Developers Conference, Infragistics set a ship date for its NetAdvantage 2005 presentation-layer tool. Such tools can help as developers navigate a suddenly richer Microsoft visual environment.

  • September 15, 2005 15 Sep'05

    At the PDC: VSTA to support macro recordings but will work with .NET objects

    At the PDC this week, Microsoft continued to expand its array of Office tools with the surprise announcement of Visual Studio Tools for Applications (VSTA). The tool has many similarities to Microsoft's VSTO Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO) ...

  • September 14, 2005 14 Sep'05

    At the PDC: Future VB version may integrate queries, programs

    LINQ is a set of Microsoft .NET Framework changes that are intended to simplify the developer's role in data query building. In effect, queries become integrated features of the Visual Basic language.

  • September 13, 2005 13 Sep'05

    At the PDC: Gates shows what's in store for developers in 2006

    Bill Gates' keynote address at the PDC highlighted updates of software frameworks and tools like Atlas and the newly introduced Language Integrated Query. Gates also provided a public demo of Office 12.

  • September 07, 2005 07 Sep'05

    Atlas means 'Ajax for the masses'

    Next week, Microsoft is expected to unveil its Atlas project for creating Asynchronous JavaScript And XML (AJAX) messages. The goal: To bring AJAX to non-rocket scientists.

  • August 26, 2005 26 Aug'05

    VB 9.0 and beyond: Tea leaves from PDC agenda

    You're going to see a flurry of mentions of Visual Basic 9.0 in the press in the near future. It is premature for headlines, however. by Mike Gunderloy

  • August 17, 2005 17 Aug'05

    Microsoft Acrylic graphics tool churns out XAML

    Good user interfaces are an important part of successful applications, but sometimes efficient interfaces are lost in translation when designers hand-off interface ideas to developers. Microsoft is looking to address this disconnect for workers in ...

  • August 13, 2005 13 Aug'05

    Microsoft's Avalon presentation API is coming

    Whether you know it by its hip codename or as the Windows Presentation Foundation, it is the future of user interface design for those of us in Windows development.

  • August 10, 2005 10 Aug'05

    VB 2005 'My' Space set to help developer

    With VB.NET 2003, programmers were challenged to navigate around the namespace hierarchy. Help in the form of the My namespace framework is on the way.

  • July 21, 2005 21 Jul'05

    Another round on the certification treadmill

    Writer Mike Gunderloy reflects on what recently announced changes to Microsoft's certification exams will mean to developers.

  • July 18, 2005 18 Jul'05

    Survey: VB .NET has advanced

    VB .NET has made significant advances. So has C#. In a recent poll, VB.NET language use measured at 52.9 percent, while infant C# use hovers at about 30 percent.

  • June 08, 2005 08 Jun'05

    Microsoft VS 2005 Team System set for November launch

    While Microsoft addresses team development issues in Visual Studio, third parties are forced to improve their offerings.

  • June 03, 2005 03 Jun'05

    How VSTO changes office development

    Microsoft has released Visual Studio Tools for Office, or VSTO, to supplement the macro-creating capabilities of Visual Basic for Applications. VSTO's main strength is security,.

  • May 17, 2005 17 May'05

    Teamwork comes at a price in new Visual Studio (Page 2)

    Microsoft's strong focus on development teams will mean substantial price increases for some customers when the company releases its latest suite of developer tools.

  • May 13, 2005 13 May'05

    Joint Microsoft-Sun efforts focus on single sign-on

    The CEOs of the two former rivals outline progress made during the first year of their decade-long technology alliance.

  • May 12, 2005 12 May'05

    Visual Basic 2005 gains no-cost refactoring plug-in

    Microsoft has responded to a small but significant upswell in interest in VB software refactoring by offering a free refactoring plug-in for the upcoming Visual Basic 2005 release. The plug-in, called Refactor! for Visual Basic 2005, was not created...

  • April 21, 2005 21 Apr'05

    DOWNLOAD: Edit and Import Excel file in MS FlexGrid control before Import Data in SQL server

    The author of this code says it allows users to edit and import their Excel files into MS FlexGrid control before importing the data into the SQL server.

  • April 21, 2005 21 Apr'05

    DOWNLOAD: Database to protect application as password

    The author of this code says it allows users to create a database to protect their applications as a password.

  • April 21, 2005 21 Apr'05

    CODE: Solutions for Database beginners and intermediates

    This code provides a Database Access sample and a tutorial that the author claims is "simple and easy."

  • April 21, 2005 21 Apr'05

    DOWNLOAD: Connecting Access with MSSqlserver

    The author of this code says it allows users to connect Database Access with a MSSqlserver.

  • April 21, 2005 21 Apr'05

    DOWNLOAD: Create Access Database in 2 lines of code

    According to the author, this code allows users to create an Access Database, Tables or Fields in only two lines of code. The secret is using a DAO, or data access object.

  • April 21, 2005 21 Apr'05

    Download: Crystal hospital management system

    This code allows users to implement the Crystal Hospital Management System, which has several modules and a user-friendly GUI but also requires some third-party components.

  • April 21, 2005 21 Apr'05

    DOWNLOAD: ASPMyAdmin: a front-end SQL server

    ASPMyAdmin is a SQL Server front end that the author aims to develop into a full-featured, front-end SQL Web server Web that users can access for free.

  • April 06, 2005 06 Apr'05

    Revisiting VB refactoring again

    A few items on developers' wish lists for Visual Studio 2005 got left out on the way to market. One function that failed to make the final cut was refactoring. That has created an opening for third-party software makers working in the Microsoft ...