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101 Samples for Visual Studio 2005

101 Samples, in both Visual Basic and C#, featuring many of the new features available with Visual Studio 2005 and the .NET Framework 2.0. For more samples using Visual Studio 2003 .NET, see this download.

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Base Class Libraries - Group 1 Samples

The Base Class Library Group 1 samples show how to use the classes in the namespaces System.Net, System.RegEx, System.Transaction, System.Console and more. Samples include:

  • Changing ACL (Access Control Lists) on files
  • Console Enhancements including buffer control, simple animations and colors
  • Downloading files using FTP (File Transfer Protocol)
  • Network Programming including PING, UDP, and TCP network statistics
  • Using the new Stopwatch class to measure time
  • Compressing and decompressing files in the GZip format
  • Retrieving Drive Information
  • Using Generic Collections
  • Creating Regular Expressions to parse text

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Base Class Libraries - Group 2 Samples

The Base Class Library Group 2 samples show how to use the new classes and methods in the namespaces System.Net.Cache, System.Runtime.InteropServices, System.Net.Sockets.Socket and more. Samples include:

  • Building a tracing infrastructure to track errors and application performance
  • Controlling cache policies with the new System.Net.Cache namespace
  • Creating a process viewer
  • Creating a Windows service manager
  • Using the data protection API
  • Encrypting and decrypting data
  • Using platform invoke to access legacy or unmanaged code from within managed code
  • Building in support for localization
  • Using the NGEN utility
  • Using the new SecureString class
  • Using new socket class methods
  • Using serial ports with the new Port class
  • Working with the file system
  • Working with threads to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Building a simple web server with HTTPListener

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Data Access Samples

The Data Access samples show how to use the classes in the System.Data and related namespaces. In addition, how to use the new features of SQL Server 2005. Samples include:

  • Asynchronous Queries
  • Attaching a database with your application
  • Creating and using User Defined Types with SQL Server 2005
  • DataReader vs. DataSet comparision
  • DataSet and DataTable Enhancements
  • Performing Batch Updates and Data Paging
  • Performing Bulk Updates
  • Reading and Writing Images from a Database
  • Using Factory Classes
  • Using Managed Stored Procedures and User Defined Functions with SQL Server 2005
  • Using Multiple Active Result Sets with SQL Server 2005
  • Using Notifications with SQL Server 2005
  • Using the XML data type with SQL Server 2005
  • XPath and XSLT Transformations Enhancements

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Web Development Samples

The Web Development samples show how to use some of the new features of ASP.NET 2.0. Samples include:

  • Using SQLCacheDependency for caching
  • DataBinding using the ObjectDataSource, SqlDataSource, and XmlDataSource objects
  • Create a Master/Details view using the DataGridView and DetailsView controls
  • Basic Master Pages, Nested Master Pages, and Browser-specific Master Pages
  • Using the new membership controls including the LoginStatus, LoginName, LoginView, CreateUserWizard controls
  • Using the Menu and SiteMapPath controls
  • Using Profiles to store user properties
  • Using the Membership and Roles API for custom roles
  • Using the TreeView control dynamically and responding to TreeView events
  • Creating a custom portal using Web Parts

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Windows Forms Samples

The Windows Forms samples show how to use some of the new functionality available to developers building desktop applications. Samples include:

  • Running Asynchronous Tasks
  • Storing Custom Client Settings
  • Creating Master/Detail Forms
  • Playing, Looping, and asynchronously using Sounds
  • Using BindingNavigator for static and dynamic data
  • Using BindingSource for static and dynamic data including objects
  • Extending ClickOnce to programmatically check for updates
  • Customizing the DataGridView control with different column control types
  • Using LayoutPanels
  • Using the MaskedTextBox control for built-in data types and custom data types
  • Controlling a simple rich texteditor using the Menus, StatusStrips and ToolStrips controls
  • Using My for application, computer, settings information and more. Note: This sample is only available for Visual Basic
  • Using the SplitContainer control
  • WebBrowser control basics and using the WebBrowserControl HTMLDocumentModel for Form-to-browser two-way communication.

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Visual Studio Tools for Office Samples

The Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO) samples show how to add functionality to Office applications like Word, Excel, InfoPath, and Outlook using the .NET framework and C# or Visual Basic. Samples include:

  • Creating custom menus in Outlook
  • Creating smart tags in documents
  • Creating custom toolbars
  • Data islands and caching
  • Integrating Windows forms into Outlook
  • Using bookmarks in Word
  • Using managed controls in Excel
  • Using VBA and VSTO together
  • Working with charts in Excel
  • Working with contacts and tasks in Outlook
  • Working with InfoPath 2003
  • Working with named ranges in Excel
  • Working with the In Box
  • Working with XML in Excel
  • Working with XML in Word
  • Using the List object

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Tablet PC Samples

The Tablet PC samples show how to create ink-enabled applications that utilize the power handwritten input with Tablet and Ultra Mobile Personal Computers. Samples include:

  • Utilizing the back of pen erase feature
  • Creating a content enabled form
  • Working with drawing attributes
  • Enabling gestures
  • An ink-enabled text box
  • Creating power aware applications
  • Simple text recognition
  • Speech recognition

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.NET Compact Framework Samples

The .NET Compact Framework samples show how to use the new functionality found in Windows Mobile 5.0. Samples include:

  • Creating a setup CAB
  • Creating a data-centric application
  • Creating a data-centric application (part 2)
  • Using the date/time picker feature in the month calendar
  • Document list
  • Embedded resources
  • Handling the screen orientation
  • Handling the hardware button screen orientation
  • Help and notifications
  • Registry sample
  • Creating a SQL CE result set
  • Using Microsoft Message Queue (MSMQ)
  • Web browser sample

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