MSDN Magazine: Advanced Basics
Advanced Basics: The ObservableCollection Class
Ken Getz - December 2008
Ken Getz shows how the CollectionChanged event lets you reflect changes to your underlying data source in your bound data controls.
Advanced Basics: The LINQ Enumerable Class, Part 2
Ken Getz - September 2008
This month Ken digs deeper into the System.Linq.Enumerable class and shows readers how to perform some magic data operations using System.Linq.Enumerable.
Advanced Basics: The LINQ Enumerable Class, Part 1.
Ken Getz - July 2008
Presented here is the LINQ Enumerable class, which allows you to manipulate data in any class that implements IEnumerable(Of T).
Advanced Basics: Office 2007 Files and LINQ
Ken Getz - March 2008
LINQ to XML and the Microsoft SDK for Open XML Formats simplify access to the parts of a 2007 Office system Open XML document when retrieving or modifying data, resulting in shorter, less complex code.
Advanced Basics: Reflection and Generics
Ken Getz - January 2008
This month Advanced Basics flaunts the power of generics and reflection and shows how you get more flexible and efficient development by combining the two.
Advanced Basics: Using RibbonX from Visual Basic
Ken Getz - June 2007
Ken Getz prepares Visual Basic developers to use RibbonX.
Advanced Basics: TableLayoutPanels
Ken Getz - December 2006
This month Ken Getz writes a demo-creation system for Windows-based applications, which he calls a switchboard.
Advanced Basics: Predicates and Actions
Ken Getz - September 2006
The System.Array and System.Collections.Generic.List classes provide methods that let you avoid writing code to loop through every element of an array or list to find the items you’re looking for. Ken Getz explains.
Advanced Basics: Monitor Your Apps with System.Diagnostics
Brad McCabe - July 2006
It never fails. The application you just deployed ran great on your development machine—but stumbles in production. The problem might show up right away or maybe it creeps up over time. Now what?
Advanced Basics: Setting Word Document Properties the Office 2007 Way
Ken Getz - June 2006
The last time I wrote this column (March 2006), I shared an application that allows you to update all the Microsoft® Word documents in a folder and its subfolders. Each time the application finds a document in the specified path, it updates the document properties to match those you specified in the application.
Advanced Basics: IntelliSense Code Snippets
Lorenzo Minore - April 2006
IntelliSense code snippets are one of the coolest new features in Visual Studio® 2005. Code snippets are highly customizable code fragments intended to accomplish simple to intermediate tasks quickly; they can be inserted into your code with just a few keystrokes.
Advanced Basics: Set Word Document Properties Programmatically
Ken Getz - March 2006
At the beginning of another lovely day of writing courseware in mad pursuit of unrealistic deadlines, I received a frantic call from a business partner. He was at the end of a long consulting project and had several hundred Microsoft® Word documents, all of which required their document properties to be set identically, except the Title property of the document, which was to be based on the document file name, minus the .
Advanced Basics: The Sound of Music
Brad McCabe - January 2006
So you've got a burning desire to accompany your application's splash screen with a rousing chorus of "Funky Cold Medina" (that's Tone Loc for those of you who aren't children of the 80s). Prior to working with Visual Studio® 2005, adding even simple tunes and system sounds to your application could be a challenge.
Advanced Basics: What's My IP Address?
Ken Getz - December 2005
If you're like me, you regularly do tech-support for family, friends, and neighbors. You can't go to a party without hearing the familiar refrain: "I've just got a quick question. " It's always something—their Internet connections get dropped, they've got a virus, they can't install some piece of hardware, or some file has gone missing.
Advanced Basics: A Match-Making Game in Visual Basic
Duncan Mackenzie - October 2005
My four-year-old son has decided that he wants to be like his dad when he grows up. He is planning to work in my office, and write computer programs just like I do. But there is one problem—he thinks I write games.
Advanced Basics: Revisiting Operator Overloading
Ken Getz - September 2005
On the conference circuit recently, I was speaking about some of my favorite new features in the Microsoft® . NET Framework 2. 0, using the content of three recent columns in this series as fodder. In my talk I sped through generics, operator overloading, and the BackgroundWorker component, all in the space of an hour (for the columns, see Advanced Basics: Being Generic Ain't So Bad, Advanced Basics: Calling All Operators, and Advanced Basics: Doing Async the Easy Way).
Advanced Basics: Creating A Breadcrumb Control
Duncan Mackenzie - July 2005
Hansel and Gretel had the right idea when "they followed the pebbles that glistened there like newly minted coins, showing them the way. " The deeper you get into the forest or into your data, the more likely you are going to need help to find your way back out again.
Advanced Basics: Scaling Up: The Very Busy Background Compiler
Matthew Gertz - June 2005
One of the features that distinguishes Visual Basic® from the other languages in Visual Studio® is its use of a background compiler (BC). The BC runs from the moment you start up a Visual Basic project until the time you close the last one down.
Advanced Basics: Remembering User Information in Visual Basic .NET
Duncan Mackenzie - April 2005
Many applications need to store user-specific settings to be persisted between sessions. But how do you go about saving and restoring these settings in your Microsoft® . NET Framework-based application? It's not all that easy to find the correct answer.
Advanced Basics: Doing Async the Easy Way
Ken Getz - March 2005
If you've been following Ted Pattison's excellent series of Basic Instincts columns on multithreading and asynchronous behavior, you should by now be an expert on handling the issues involved in working with multiple threads in Windows®-based apps.
Advanced Basics: Creating a Five-Star Rating Control
Duncan Mackenzie - January 2005
I have to admit it; most of my Windows® Forms controls are an attempt to copy something that already exists. In my October 2004 column I showed you how to create a progress bar that mimicked the one shown during the Windows XP setup routine, and this month I'm at it again.
Advanced Basics: Calling All Operators
Ken Getz - December 2004
This month I found an interesting question in my mailbag. It went something like this: "I am writing some code working with points and other drawing objects in Visual Basic® 2003, and I just want to add an offset to a point, effectively moving the point.
Advanced Basics: Digital Grandma
Duncan Mackenzie - November 2004
As a parent of a young child, I take a lot of pictures—many more than anyone would ever be interested in seeing. Well, anyone except my mother. This is her first grandchild and the one or two pictures I send to her each week only brush the surface of her grandmotherly needs.
Advanced Basics: Building a Progress Bar that Doesn't Progress
Duncan Mackenzie - October 2004
In many situations, accurately estimating the length of a certain process (copying a large file, loading data from a server, retrieving files from the Internet) would be both difficult and inefficient.
Advanced Basics: Being Generic Ain't So Bad
Ken Getz - September 2004
Ispeak at a lot of user groups and conferences where I field tech support questions. Recently, a conference attendee (I'll call him Adam) came up to me with a sheaf of printouts, along with the following question.
Advanced Basics: P2P Comm Using Web Services
Carl Franklin - August 2004
Iwanted to use my first Advanced Basics column as an opportunity to strike out into new territory, to do something I haven't seen extolled much in the literature, so I've built a Windows® Forms chat program that uses Web services to communicate with other peers.
Advanced Basics: Data Binding Radio Buttons to a List
Duncan Mackenzie - July 2004
Advanced Basics: Create a Graphical Editor Using RichTextBox and GDI+
Ken Spencer - May 2004
Advanced Basics: Synchronizing Multiple Windows Forms
Ken Spencer - April 2004
Advanced Basics: Extracting Data from .NET Assemblies
Ken Spencer - March 2004
Advanced Basics: Windows Forms Controls: Z-order and Copying Collections
Ken Spencer - January 2004
Advanced Basics: Windows Forms Q&A
Ken Spencer - December 2003
Advanced Basics: SQL Server Metadata
Ken Spencer - November 2003
Advanced Basics: Enterprise Services, SQL Script Editing
Ken Spencer - October 2003
Advanced Basics: Creating Text Images On the Fly with GDI+
Ken Spencer - September 2003
Advanced Basics: Data Binding in Visual Basic .NET
Ken Spencer - August 2003
Ken Spencer introduces data binding in Visual Basic .NET.
Advanced Basics: Passing Data Between Objects in an Application
Ken Spencer - July 2003
Advanced Basics: Adding New Features with User Controls
Ken Spencer - June 2003
In past versions of Visual Basic, there were rudimentary graphics controls. In Visual Basic .NET you have the GDI+ library, which enables you to draw lines, circles, and most anything else. But how can you use the functionality of GDI+ to create lines and other graphics that respond to user mouse clicks and events? Find out.
Advanced Basics: Windows Forms Controls
Ken Spencer - May 2003
Build a control that allows the user to drag and drop other controls onto the new control at run time, and allow the user to move the control around on a form, all in Visual Basic.
Advanced Basics: Visual Studio .NET 2003 Usage Tips
Ken Spencer - April 2003
Advanced Basics: Handling Null Values with Controls
Ken Spencer - March 2003
Advanced Basics: Automatically Generating Proxy Classes
Ken Spencer - February 2003
Advanced Basics: Automatically Generating a Web Service
Ken Spencer - January 2003
Advanced Basics: Advanced Features in Visual Basic .NET and Testing for Scalability
Ken Spencer - December 2002
Advanced Basics: Using MSMQ with Visual Basic .NET
Ken Spencer - November 2002
Advanced Basics: Building an Attribute Documenter and Viewer
Ken Spencer - October 2002
Advanced Basics: Reducing Memory Footprints, Gathering Process Info with MSDNMagProcessMonitor
Ken Spencer - September 2002
Advanced Basics: Best Practices for Windows Forms Applications
Ken Spencer - August 2002
Advanced Basics: Viewing the Values of a DataSet in a Debug Window
Ken Spencer - July 2002
Advanced Basics: How to Use Objects
Ken Spencer - June 2002
Advanced Basics: Handling Transactions Between .NET Components
Ken Spencer - May 2002
Advanced Basics: Visual Studio .NET, Debugging .NET Applications, and More
Ken Spencer - April 2002
Advanced Basics: Visual Studio .NET: Setting Tab Order, Loading the Toolbox with an Add-in
Ken Spencer - March 2002
Advanced Basics: COM+ and MTS, DCOM and MSMQ, Serialization in .NET
Ken Spencer - February 2002
Advanced Basics: Namespaces, Cursors, ADO.NET, Web Services, Inheritance, and More
Ken Spencer - January 2002
Advanced Basics: Compile Options, Loading Images into PictureBoxes, Deploying .NET Apps, and More
Ken Spencer - September 2001
Advanced Basics: Happy 10th Birthday, Visual Basic
Ken Spencer - July 2001
Advanced Basics: Using Inheritance in Windows Forms Applications
Ken Spencer - June 2001
Advanced Basics: Transactional Programming Design and Optimization
Jason Masterman - June 2000