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SQL Server Express, Windows Forms, and ClickOnce

I'm working on a project that will be included in a white paper, and needed to use SQL Server Express 2005 as a database engine. Being the "ClickOnce guy" on the Windows Forms doc team, I immediately...

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New White Paper: Creating Smart Application Layouts in Windows Forms 2.0

My new Windows Forms white paper is now available on MSDN. It covers using ToolStrip as a navigation alternative to TabControl, and creating collapsible flyout menus a la the Visual Studio Toolbox....

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Using the Microsoft Feeds (RSS) API from Windows Forms

Wim De Cleen has a great two-part walkthrough up on how to use the new Microsoft Feeds API to display a folder-style list of RSS feeds in Windows Forms. The Feeds API is new with Internet Explorer 7,...

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InPlaceHostingManager: Why Does AssertApplicationRequirements() Throw a...

As you may remember, InPlaceHostingManager is a part of the ClickOnce API that enables a .NET application to download and install other ClickOnce applications. It's pretty straightforward to use - but...

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New White Paper: DataGridView Drop-Down Filter Lists

Are you spoiled by the AutoFilter feature in Excel? Do you want the same functionality in the DataGridView control? Then my new whitepaper and sample are for you. See: Building a Drop-Down Filter List...

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Retrieve from RSS Feed using XmlDocument

So I'm trying to wrap up this white paper I'm writing on consuming RSS in Windows Forms. I wrote a whole section on how to apply a custom XSLT transform to a feed, and display the resulting HTML in the...

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New White Paper: Windows Forms 2.0 Data Binding Improvements

Yes - another white paper! We've been quite the busy beavers here in User Education. Cheryl Simmons has a great two-parter up detailing improvements to the data binding architecture in Windows Forms...

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Sharing data across forms with a BindingSource

I've seen a lot of questions posted in forums regarding how to use a BindingSource component to share data between forms and keep bound controls synchronized. We created a couple of topics on how to do...

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Odds and ends from the world of design-time

I've fixed a couple of doc bugs that customers were rightfully complaining about. It will be awhile before you'll see the updated topics, so here's a summary to give you a head start. How to: Give Your...

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Extracting embedded images

Periodically we get questions about how to extract and use an image compiled as an embedded resource in an assembly. It’s easily done using the Bitmap or Icon constructor that takes a type and string...

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Maintaining position in a child table

I've recently written a document covering some changes to the CurrencyManager in .NET Framework version 2.0. I'll summarize the document here, as it will not be published for a few months, and this...

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Recent Windows Forms Documentation Updates

Since Visual Studio 2005 was released, we've received a fair amount of feedback on the documentation. We have been able to clarify and update many help topics in response to this feedback, so please...

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It's a juggling act

If you are reading this blog post, it’s likely you saw Karl’s post highlighting some of the recent updates and improvements we’ve made to the existing Windows Forms documentation set. You might be...

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DataGridView Drop-Down Filtering Tip

Recently, a reader asked how to detect filter changes with the code in Building a Drop-Down Filter List for a DataGridView Column Header Cell. That article describes how to derive from...

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Windows Forms and WPF Interop Docs

Now that interest in WPF is really heating up, we've been getting more inquiries about WinForms and WPF interop. Fortunately, we have a lot of coverage in the SDK docs, which shipped in November:...

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What does "not supported" mean?

Periodically someone questions me about a caution that appears in all of the System.Drawing.* namespace overview topics. It reads: "Classes within the System.Drawing namespace are not supported for use...

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Client Application Services in Windows Forms: End-to-End Walkthrough Available

The Beta 1 release of Visual Studio Code Name "Orcas" includes a new feature called Client Application Services. This feature enables Windows client applications to easily access user-management...

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Tech-Ed Notes

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the Acropolis and Windows Forms booth at Tech-Ed! Double thanks if you answered a few of my questions about documentation. You can be sure that the Windows .NET Client...

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Client Application Services sample and walkthrough updated

Back in May, I posted an early version of my Client Application Services walkthrough, which was used as a lab session at TechEd. Since then, there have been many improvements to both Visual Studio and...

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Client Application Services sample updated for Visual Studio 2008 RTM

I have updated my Client Application Services sample (previous posts here and here) to work with the Visual Studio 2008 RTM release. See UsingClientApplicationServices.zip. Additionally, the final...

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