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The Visual Basic 2005 Power Packs

Just saw that there are two Visual Basic 2005 Power Packs available.


Visual Basic 2005 Power Packs are free Add-Ins, Controls, Components, Tools or Samples for you to use with Visual Basic 2005 to make developing great applications even easier!


Microsoft Interop Forms Toolkit 1.0

This toolkit is aimed at simplifying the use of Visual Basic.NET WinForms within a Visual Basic 6 application. The toolkit is targeted specifically at providing tools and guidance for performing a phased migration of a VB6 forms-based application to VB.NET. The goal of a phased migration is a production release at the end of each phase that has both VB6 and .NET forms running in the same VB6 .exe process. 


Microsoft PrintForm Component 1.0

The PrintForm component is designed to bring back the ability to easily print a Windows Form. With this the new PrintForm component you can once again layout the Windows Form exactly as you want it and allow your users to print the form as a quick report.

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New England Chapter of the BizTalk User Group

Please join us for the next meeting of the New England Chapter of the BizTalk User Group:


Meeting Agenda: Please join the BizTalk User’s Group for BizTalk 2006 R2 Preview. This event will include a member of the BizTalk product team discussing the release that has been at the center of BizTalk buzz for months. Topics covered will include:
*Support for EDI and AS2 that further extends trading partner management capabilities
*New RFID device and data management
*Integration with the new Microsoft Office 2007 and Vista platforms

Given the significance of the EDI component of the R2 release, we will begin the session with a brief EDI overview given by a local BTUG member.

Who should attend: Technology professionals interested in or currently using Microsoft BizTalk
When: Wednesday, September 27th, 2006. 5PM – 7:45PM. Ongoing meetings will be held the last Wednesday of the month, every other month
Where: Microsoft’s regional offices, 201 Jones Road, Waltham, MA
Fee: None
To register: Email Moderator@BtugNE.org or click here.


About BizTalk Microsoft BizTalk is software that enables developers and IT professionals to integrate applications and automate business processes.

About the New England BizTalk User Group The purpose of the New England BizTalk User Group is to provide resources, networking and professional development opportunities for the technologists who work with BizTalk Server 2006 and other versions of the product. The User Group will hold meetings the last Wednesday of every other month featuring industry experts speaking about the latest developments in BizTalk Server technology. Members will also have access to online content including the latest white papers, code samples and upcoming local events.

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Understanding Workflow in Microsoft Office System 2007

Paul points out a great paper that covers the use of Workflow in Office 2007. This is one of the most common questions that I often hear and I just ran across this great white paper that has a fantastic coverage of it.


<<Check it out here>>

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New Hampshire Dot Net User Group

They meet the Third Thursday each month from 6:00 to 8:30 in the Auditorium more information is found here

Please join us at
Boston University Corporate Education Center
72 Tyng Road
Tyngsboro, MA 01879


Real People, Real projects
This month our good friend and technical wizard Jim Rand will be discussing his current project and passion.


NH .NET User's Group Meeting - September 21, 2006
Windows Forms Database Application Development With Visual Studio 2005


 Question? How do you write a production grade Windows database application with VS 2005?


 Answer? It ain't easy unless you know how! 


After three years of research, dead ends and a lot of head scratching - here it is!  An easy to follow recipe that produces results fast. 


What we are going to talk about: 
  - The layers: user interface, dataset aka xsd, data marshalling, and the backend.
  - What the dataset designer can do and, more importantly, what it can't do and how it's easy to fix.
  - Concurrency and auto increment keys.
  - Multi-table fill and update procedures.
  - Generics, partial classes and binding sources. Three new features that make VS 2005 worth the purchase.
  - Security and how to extend the IPrincipal interface to create a CanDoPrincipal.
  - And a bunch of other stuff.


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Windows Vista Now is the Time

Check out the great letter to developers by Jim Allchin. It can be found here


Is your application ready?

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Next Meeting - September 26, 2006: BI Solutions with MOSS 2007 by Mauro Cardarelli

Where Microsoft Corporation - 201 Jones Road (6th floor), Waltham, MA 02451


The meeting is free, but space is limited. To register or sign-up for our email distribution list, reply here.


5:45 - 6:00  Registration


6:00 - 7:15  Topic: Business Intelligence Solutions with SharePoint 2007

Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS) provides a number of new Business Intelligence features, such as KPIs, Excel Services, and the Business Data Catalog. Come hear a local expert discuss why BI is important and how MOSS provides tools to make BI possible.


7:15 - 7:30  Q&A


About the Speaker:

Mauro Cardarelli is a Managing Partner at Jornata, a Boston-based information technology consulting services company. His responsibilities include technology evangelism, architecture design, and software development.  



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Mobile Hands on Labs

Five of the best Hands-on Labs from MEDC 2006 have made available through Virtual Labs. You can download the Lab Manuals and walk through the entire lab on your own.


Check it out: http://msdn.microsoft.com/virtuallabs/windowsmobile/


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Berkman Center needs a Senior Engineer



 “The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School seeks a Senior Software Engineer to implement and deploy client-server applications that will collect data from users to support research into Internet generativity, the wisdom of crowds and ultimately support preservation of openness in the Net. We need a world class engineer who has a passion for building robust client applications with simple, powerful interfaces, and who isn't afraid to get their hands dirty. You will have to be happy working in a high pressure environment that is exciting, dynamic, educational and community- oriented, with a small team of Senior Engineers and outside partners in business and academia on all phases of the development cycle, including design, specification, development, testing, and delivery. As with all staff at the Berkman Center, this is a term position lasting until June 30, 2007, with continuation contingent on project status and organizational needs.”


The center is open to alternate back end technologies to accomplish their mission. Their primary goal is to get a developer who will develop a world-class Windows client application with the supporting back end infrastructure. The specific project group is: http://stopbadware.org/

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Windows Mobile Network Analyzer Power Toy

A new Power Toy for Windows Mobile -


Network Analyzer for Windows Mobile runs network utilities, for example ping and ipconfig, on a Windows Mobile powered device. Network Analyzer for Windows Mobile facilitates the troubleshooting of network connectivity issues


Download from here.

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.NET Framework 3.0 RC1 Install Instructions

With the various RC bits starting to get posted there have been a lot of questions about how to set up a development environment. Paul has a great post on setting this up for the .NET Framework 3.0 RC available here.

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.NET Framework RC 1 is available


The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 (formerly known as WinFX), is the new managed code programming model for Windows. It combines the power of the .NET Framework 2.0 with new technologies for building applications that have visually compelling user experiences, seamless communication across technology boundaries, and the ability to support a wide range of business processes. These new technologies are Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Communication Foundation, Windows Workflow Foundation, and Windows CardSpace (formerly code named "Infocard"). Microsoft plans to ship .NET Framework 3.0 as part of the Windows Vista operating system. In addition, Microsoft is making these technologies available on Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. The following Community Technology Preview of .NET Framework 3.0 enables you to continue experimenting with early builds of these technologies, get acquainted with the development experience, and provide feedback to Microsoft. For more information on these technologies, click here.


Check out the download here

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Attend a Strategic Technology Briefing

Waltham, MA

October 11, 2006

8:30am - 12:30pm


Register now


Join us for a Strategic Technology Briefing focused on the Value of the Microsoft Platform, the next-generation of data management and analysis software that will deliver increased scalability, availability, performance and security to your enterprise. Using SQL Server 2005 you are in a position to optimize your software investment and streamline your IT costs.


·      Why SQL Server 2005?

·      Why upgrade to SQL Server 2005?

·      New features that support: CIO, Database Architect, Developer, and Database Administrator.

·     Factors involve installation and upgrade.

·     Ways, New Horizons can help train your team so the transition will run smoothly.

·     How Magenic Technologies can help you through the implementation.

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CNY Developer Group Meeting

The next CNY .NET Developer Group meeting is this Wednesday, September 6th at 6:00pm at New Horizons in East Syracuse (6711 Towpath Road ). This is an INETA sponsored meeting and we will have Julie Lerman presenting "Advanced Data Access Patterns with ADO.NET 2.0!!!"

So we can get an estimate of how many attendees we will have, please RSVP by logging into www.cnydevelopers.net and answering the meeting survey

Here is a schedule for this meeting:

  • 6:00 - 6:20 Mixer
    • Mingle with other members and talk shop
  • 6:20 - 6:30 Housekeeping/Announcements
  • 6:30 - 8:00 Presentation
    • Julie Lerman presents "Advanced Data Access Patterns with ADO.NET 2.0" 


And we have some great swag!

1 copy of Telerik R.A.D. Controls Single Developer   $799 value

1 copy of FarPoint Spread Web Forms $899 value

A bonus bucket-o-swag from Matthew Roche Software


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XNA Game Studio Express Now Available!

Thanks Andrew for pointing this out -

Get it here:


Please note that XNA Game Studio Express requires Visual C# Express Edition to be installed. Both Visual C# Express and XNA Game Studio Express can be installed side-by-side with other Visual Studio 2005 SKUs (the normal caveats about installing beta software apply, of course).

Now, go write some games!

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Microsoft Office System 2007 Event Series

Be Our Guest:


  • Receive advanced insight into Microsoft Office 2007 by technology leaders within Microsoft
  • Learn about Office 2007 InfoPath and its greatly expanded capabilities
  • Get your questions answered about the next generation of Microsoft Office


Dates and locations


October 9th


383 Main Avenue

Norwalk, CT  06851

Register at: http://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=110716


October 10th


74 Batterson Park Road

Farmington, CT  06032

Register at: http://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=110717


October 12th


201 Jones Road, 6th floor

Waltham, MA  02451

Register at: http://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=110719


Join development leaders from EMC and Microsoft the week of October 9th for an introduction and drilldown into the application development features of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Microsoft Office InfoPath 2007.You will learn the essentials of MOSS 2007 from a developer’s perspective and ready yourself for these revolutionary releases!


Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 - An Application Development Platform

Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS) is truly a next-generation portal, web content management, and collaboration platform that makes it easy for end-users to create and share information across and beyond the enterprise. MOSS is far more than an end-user toolset, it is also an extensible application development platform that adds immense value and productivity to ASP.NET. With an expanded object-oriented and web services API, developers can use and extend components of ASP.NET - master pages, themes, and web parts-along with SharePoint features including sites, lists, and content types.


Microsoft Office InfoPath 2007 - I See Forms!

Microsoft Office InfoPath 2007 introduces a new server technology that allows for distribution of InfoPath forms to the web - and much more. This session presents an overview of Microsoft Office InfoPath 2007 programmability features including the managed object model, template parts, and provisions for third-party hosting. We also discuss techniques for using Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Tools for Applications (VSTA) and Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Tools for the Microsoft Office System (VSTO) to develop InfoPath 2007 forms.



8:30 to 9:00am              Coffee & Registration

9:00 to 10:30am MOSS 2007 - An Application Development Platform

10:45 to 12:15pm           InfoPath 2007 - I See Forms!


This is a LIMITED-SEATING event.  Please register online or call 888-533-1307 x7043

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