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date: 2004-05-18T09:29:00+00:00
title: 101 VB.NET 2003 Videos Released onto MSDN
type: posts
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Recently we launched [a series of videos about VB.NET onto the Visual Basic Developer Center](http://msdn.microsoft.com/vbasic/atthemovies), releasing them only a few at a time... but now we've finished that process and all 101 of the videos are available on the site.

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**Just a little note:** If you experience problems watching these videos, you may wish to try installing the [WMP9 codecs](http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/9series/codecs/vcm.aspx) (or [WMP9 itself](http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/9series/player.aspx), although that is not a requirement) or following the steps in [this KB article](http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;306699&Product=wmp).

**Oh, and for those of you who have asked: Yes, we will make them downloadable at some point, but they aren't ready in that format yet. The second most common question has been for a CD/DVD of these files... not sure on that one, I think we will, but I don't have any ETA...**
**Oh, and for those of you who have asked: Yes, we will make them downloadable at some point, but they aren't ready in that format yet. The second most common question has been for a CD/DVD of these files... not sure on that one, I think we will, but I don't have any ETA...**
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date: 2004-02-20T21:58:00+00:00
title: 12 free sample training modules about .NET
type: posts
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Free sample modules available from the following training courses...

* [Programming with C#](http://www.microsoft.com/traincert/syllabi/2124Cfinal.asp)
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* [Training integrated into the Visual Studio .NET 2003 Help system: hands-on labs, sample code, documentation, and demonstrations](http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=8fb566e0-3e92-40e8-b5d4-091d05ab8829&DisplayLang=en)
[Sample Modules: Developing Mobile Applications Using the Microsoft .NET Compact Framework](http://www.microsoft.com/traincert/syllabi/2556Afinal.asp)
* [Developing Microsoft .NET Applications for Windows (Visual Basic .NET)](http://www.microsoft.com/traincert/syllabi/2565Afinal.asp)
* [Programming with XML in the Microsoft .NET Framework](http://www.microsoft.com/traincert/syllabi/2663Afinal.asp)
* [Programming with XML in the Microsoft .NET Framework](http://www.microsoft.com/traincert/syllabi/2663Afinal.asp)
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date: 2004-09-07T08:23:00+00:00
title: 14 part &#8220;Soup-to-Nuts&#8221; webcasts on Windows Forms&#8230;
type: posts
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I can't find any other landing page for this, so check out [the blog entry from Georgeo Pulikkathara](http://weblogs.asp.net/msdnwebcasts/archive/2004/09/07/226144.aspx) for all the details...

> **[Soup to Nuts – A Webcast Series for Windows Forms Development](http://weblogs.asp.net/msdnwebcasts/archive/2004/09/07/226144.aspx)**
>
> Tune in and learn how to build Windows Forms applications and smart clients in .NET. We’ll take you through all the steps to building an application, from start to finish, as we cover object oriented concepts and delve deep into .NET. During this series of webcasts, you will learn how to create rich user interfaces and access data, and see industry-proven ways to get Windows Forms applications to market quickly. And after viewing the webcasts, work hands-on in the MSDN Virtual Lab.
oh... and you can be entered to [win an XBox](http://www.microsoft.com/seminar/events/officialrules_net.mspx), just by attending... as if that would make a difference....
oh... and you can be entered to [win an XBox](http://www.microsoft.com/seminar/events/officialrules_net.mspx), just by attending... as if that would make a difference....
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date: 2003-06-01T23:57:00+00:00
title: 1st Day
type: posts
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Woo Hoo, I got a bag when I registered! Lately, I haven't been getting them, something about the "staff" on my registration at all of these things... so my laptop bag closet was getting a little empty. I give these great bags away to my friends and family, there are just too many for one person, which is why you might see my mother roaming around with a TechEd bag, or see my wife at the park with my son and a nice VSLive "tote"!

Lots of stuff in the bag, I didn't even notice a front pocket full of CDs until later, and I think there are even a few betas and eval copies of software in there. Lots of people at the convention center already, mostly for registration and some pre-conference sessions I suppose... the main sessions don't start until tomorrow.

I was there today because I had to go check out the VS.NET booth, make sure it was ready to go... it wasn't. The big demo we were told to set up required many things we didn't have, but we decided that once a customer walks up we won't want to run through a 30 minute canned demo anyway. We are going to leave the machine with just IIS, SQL and VS.NET 2002/2003 ... we'll code anything the customer wants to see demo'd as fast as we can!

I was a little worried about my caffeine levels dropping during the week, but it turns out that I'll be fine. I asked a few people where the closest Starbucks was and received this response: "Good luck. Dallas isn't exactly known for its lattes" ... turns out there is one at the Magnolia hotel. That is one of the TechEd hotels, although sadly not mine, which means it is a quick bus/shuttle from the convention center. I think I can shuttle to the Starbucks, buy a beverage and grab the bus on the return trip.... yep; I'll be fine this week.
I was a little worried about my caffeine levels dropping during the week, but it turns out that I'll be fine. I asked a few people where the closest Starbucks was and received this response: "Good luck. Dallas isn't exactly known for its lattes" ... turns out there is one at the Magnolia hotel. That is one of the TechEd hotels, although sadly not mine, which means it is a quick bus/shuttle from the convention center. I think I can shuttle to the Starbucks, buy a beverage and grab the bus on the return trip.... yep; I'll be fine this week.
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date: 2006-11-03T22:49:00+00:00
title: 24 Hours to Boston and Back
type: posts
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![StarTrek Legacy](http://startrek.bethsoft.com/images/ships/lg_sov-sm.gif)
Last night I jumped on a flight at around 11pm in Seattle and flew to Boston, getting in around 7am, then I drove up to the offices of Mad Doc software... makers of quite a few cool games, including Empire Earth II, Star Trek Armada II and now Star Trek: Legacy for the Xbox 360 (and for the PC). Interview is all done now and I'm on my way back, with a ton of great footage for the on10.net crowd 🙂

First impressions? Of all the previous Star Trek games, Armada II was the one I liked the most, and while this is certainly not Armada III, it does share some of the same features... ship to ship combat on a fleet wide scale! Legacy takes it much farther though, better graphics, better AI, better story... co-op play across Xbox Live...
First impressions? Of all the previous Star Trek games, Armada II was the one I liked the most, and while this is certainly not Armada III, it does share some of the same features... ship to ship combat on a fleet wide scale! Legacy takes it much farther though, better graphics, better AI, better story... co-op play across Xbox Live...
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date: 2007-01-20T01:25:00+00:00
title: 30 more hours of Oblivion coming&#8230; wow&#8230;
type: posts
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I'm far from having used up all the gameplay in the initial release of Oblivion, and I haven't even gotten into the expansions, and now they've annouced an additional expansion with a ton more gameplay that I can jump into on the 360... amazing.

> [Even More Oblivion on the Shivering Isles](http://news.digitaltrends.com/article12115.html)
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> [<img style="border-right: 0px; border-top: 0px; border-left: 0px; border-bottom: 0px" height="281" src="http://www.duncanmackenzie.net/images/WindowsLiveWriter/30morehoursofOblivioncoming...wow_D8AE/ShiveringIsles_thumb%5B3%5D.jpg" width="500" border="0" />](http://www.duncanmackenzie.net/images/WindowsLiveWriter/30morehoursofOblivioncoming...wow_D8AE/ShiveringIsles%5B5%5D.jpg" atomicselection="true" rel="lightbox[581]" title="30 more hours of Oblivion coming... wow...)
I have to say that Oblivion is still the best 360 game I own, and it just keeps getting better.
I have to say that Oblivion is still the best 360 game I own, and it just keeps getting better.
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date: 2006-08-23T08:38:00+00:00
title: 5 minutes of fun with Mike and Jerry from Penny Arcade
type: posts
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[![On10.net interview with Penny Arcade](http://download.microsoft.com/download/a/c/0/ac03b515-a6db-4712-9fcb-cd41b3d7fd0e/PennyArcade_small_on10.jpg)](http://www.on10.net/Blogs/TheShow/5132/)

With [PAX](http://www.pennyarcadeexpo.com) only days away, we've posted [an interview with the Penny Arcade](http://www.on10.net/Blogs/TheShow/5132/) guys on 10. I love this video, but the 5 minutes of footage doesn't really do justice to the 45 minutes it took to get even that level of serious commentary out of Jerry 🙂
With [PAX](http://www.pennyarcadeexpo.com) only days away, we've posted [an interview with the Penny Arcade](http://www.on10.net/Blogs/TheShow/5132/) guys on 10. I love this video, but the 5 minutes of footage doesn't really do justice to the 45 minutes it took to get even that level of serious commentary out of Jerry 🙂
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On July 30, 2003, Bruce Eckel, author of Thinking in C++ and Thinking in Java, and Bill Venners, editor-in-chief of Artima.com, met with **Anders Hejlsberg** in his office at Microsoft. Check out the entire eight-part interview [here](http://msdn.microsoft.com/vcsharp/homepageheadlines/hejlsberg/default.aspx), or follow the links below to find each individual section.
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date: 2004-02-07T03:15:00+00:00
title: 8-Part Interview with Anders Hejlsberg
type: posts
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On July 30, 2003, Bruce Eckel, author of Thinking in C++ and Thinking in Java, and Bill Venners, editor-in-chief of Artima.com, met with **Anders Hejlsberg** in his office at Microsoft. Check out the entire eight-part interview [here](http://msdn.microsoft.com/vcsharp/homepageheadlines/hejlsberg/default.aspx), or follow the links below to find each individual section.
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date: 2003-02-26T10:34:00
title: A Blog, what was I thinking?
date: "2003-02-26T10:34:00"
type: posts
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I think I have to blame [Kent Sharkey](http://www.googlism.com/?ism=Kent+Sharkey+&type=1) for this; he put up his [blog](http://www.f1group.com/ksharkey/blog.aspx) and it has been nagging at my mind for days now... "I should have a blog", "hey I think I have something to say"... but I couldn't decide on the implementation details... should I build my own blog tool, use a site like [http://blogger.com](http://blogger.com), or [radio.userland](http://radio.userland.com/)?

Finally I found [http://dotnetweblogs.com](http://dotnetweblogs.com/) and I realized I was set... lots of .NET chatter, ASP.NET code, and a cool URL. So here I am...
Finally I found [http://dotnetweblogs.com](http://dotnetweblogs.com/) and I realized I was set... lots of .NET chatter, ASP.NET code, and a cool URL. So here I am...
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date: 2005-09-27T06:36:00+00:00
title: A bug in my RSS generator, but is it really invalid?
type: posts
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The RSS generator for MSDN, creator of [this feed](http://msdn.microsoft.com/rss.xml), and many more ... has a small problem. Way upstream, when various people inside the company enter information about an upcoming headline, they have the ability to specify a URL to a download. The intent was for this to be a URL to an actual downloadable file, so when I generate an RSS item from that headline entry, I take that URL and turn it into an enclosure entry in the RSS file.

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This generally works fine, I make a HEAD request with that URL which gives me back the MIME type and the Content Length, both of which are needed for the enclosure element in the RSS item. Sometimes though, people put in a URL to the download's landing page, not the download itself. There are good reasons for this, as the download page often contains useful information and/or multiple localized versions of the download, but it was not what I expected. In this case, I put the enclosure in with the MIME type I get back from that URL, which ends up being &#8216;text/html' and with a byte size that reflects the size of the landing page.

This wasn't really what I wanted to happen, so I need to figure out a solution at my end, but what I noticed today and what has me a little puzzled is that at least two different validators ([here](http://rss.scripting.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fmsdn.microsoft.com%2Frss.xml) and [here](http://feedvalidator.org/check.cgi?url=http%3A%2F%2Fmsdn.microsoft.com%2Frss.xml)) report these types of entries as validation errors. The error they specify is that text/html is not a valid MIME type.... but, according to [the RFC(s)](http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2854.txt) (see 4.1.2 of [this RFC](http://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc2046.txt)) and other sources, it most certainly **is** a valid type. So, is there a hidden rule in RSS that enclosures have to fall within some special subset of MIME types, or are both of these validators broken? Sure, in this case it wasn't really what I wanted, but what if I really did have a text/html document for you to download?
This wasn't really what I wanted to happen, so I need to figure out a solution at my end, but what I noticed today and what has me a little puzzled is that at least two different validators ([here](http://rss.scripting.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fmsdn.microsoft.com%2Frss.xml) and [here](http://feedvalidator.org/check.cgi?url=http%3A%2F%2Fmsdn.microsoft.com%2Frss.xml)) report these types of entries as validation errors. The error they specify is that text/html is not a valid MIME type.... but, according to [the RFC(s)](http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2854.txt) (see 4.1.2 of [this RFC](http://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc2046.txt)) and other sources, it most certainly **is** a valid type. So, is there a hidden rule in RSS that enclosures have to fall within some special subset of MIME types, or are both of these validators broken? Sure, in this case it wasn't really what I wanted, but what if I really did have a text/html document for you to download?
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date: 2003-02-27T21:32:00+00:00
title: A burning desire
date: "2003-02-27T21:32:00+00:00"
type: posts
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Every time I go to a computer/electronics store I consider buying some [mini-CD-Rs](https://www.maxell-data.com/cgi-bin/products.cgi?parent=48), but I have absolutely no reason to get them. But, I still look at them every time. I just want to burn something on them. Something that would fit into 210mb, something "cool" to send to a friend.. I'll admit it, I just want to buy them because they look cute.
Every time I go to a computer/electronics store I consider buying some [mini-CD-Rs](https://www.maxell-data.com/cgi-bin/products.cgi?parent=48), but I have absolutely no reason to get them. But, I still look at them every time. I just want to burn something on them. Something that would fit into 210mb, something "cool" to send to a friend.. I'll admit it, I just want to buy them because they look cute.
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date: 2004-02-27T09:55:00+00:00
title: A chapter from my KickStart VB.NET book is up on Code Project
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Hmm... I had no idea it was going up, but there it is...

> [**Click to read Chapter 3: Building Windows Applications
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> * Programming Without Default Form Instances
> * Working with Multiple Forms in VB .NET
> * In Brief
For more information on the book, and supplemental resources for all of the chapters, you can always check out my personal site at <http://www.duncanmackenzie.net/KickStartVB>
For more information on the book, and supplemental resources for all of the chapters, you can always check out my personal site at <http://www.duncanmackenzie.net/KickStartVB>
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Adam Kinney, another member of our three-person dev team, [posts our favorite comments](http://www.adamkinney.com/note.aspx?id=112) about [the preview site ](http://on10.net)so far. Scoble, who really is on the same team as me... despite the fact that I've hardly ever seen him :)... also [discusses what we have been up to](http://scobleizer.wordpress.com/2006/03/07/what-my-coworkers-have-been-doing/#respond).
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date: 2006-03-08T08:03:00+00:00
title: A couple more team members post details about our new project&#8230;
type: posts
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Adam Kinney, another member of our three-person dev team, [posts our favorite comments](http://www.adamkinney.com/note.aspx?id=112) about [the preview site ](http://on10.net)so far. Scoble, who really is on the same team as me... despite the fact that I've hardly ever seen him :)... also [discusses what we have been up to](http://scobleizer.wordpress.com/2006/03/07/what-my-coworkers-have-been-doing/#respond).
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First [Kent](http://blogs.duncanmackenzie.net/duncanma/archive/2005/11/11/3255.aspx), now [Brian](http://spaces.msn.com/members/brianjo/Blog/cns!1ph41gaeDxp9TA2G5t8Gj1DA!415.entry)... it seems like it would be a great time to [apply for a job as a Content Strategist](http://blogs.msdn.com/mpowell/default.aspx) 🙂
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date: 2005-12-13T18:17:00+00:00
title: A couple of days late in seeing it&#8230; but Brian has annouced his departure from MSDN
type: posts
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First [Kent](http://blogs.duncanmackenzie.net/duncanma/archive/2005/11/11/3255.aspx), now [Brian](http://spaces.msn.com/members/brianjo/Blog/cns!1ph41gaeDxp9TA2G5t8Gj1DA!415.entry)... it seems like it would be a great time to [apply for a job as a Content Strategist](http://blogs.msdn.com/mpowell/default.aspx) 🙂
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date: 2003-11-28T09:53:00+00:00
title: A flexible line graph class library in C#
type: posts
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A pretty cool library for drawing 2D graphs, with a demo project and an associated article, appeared on [Code Project](http://www.codeproject.com) last week... you might want to check it out.

> [A flexible line graph class library in C# (Code Project)](http://www.codeproject.com/csharp/ZedGraph.asp) by [JChampion](http://www.codeproject.com/script/profile/whos_who.asp?id=204832)
> [A flexible line graph class library in C# (Code Project)](http://www.codeproject.com/csharp/ZedGraph.asp) by [JChampion](http://www.codeproject.com/script/profile/whos_who.asp?id=204832)

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