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June 14, 2005


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--> Editorial - 
       - Comments from Tech Ed 2005
       (Product releases, RFID, VSTO, and more)

--> New Articles on CodeGuru: 
       ==> Controls - DataGridView
              - Autosize a DataGridView to Fit
       ==> DirectX
              - [Updated] Capture Live Video from Various Video Devices
       ==> eMail
              - Send Mails from within a .NET 2.0 Application
       ==> Managed C++
              - Using Delegates with Native Function Callbacks in Managed C++
       ==> Reporting
              - Displaying the Images Returned by the RenderStream Method of SQL Server Reporting Services
       ==> SQL Server 2005
              - What's new in SQL Server 2005

--> Discussion Groups (including Hot threads)
       - Get start/end positions of currently visible text in richedit 
       - How to monitor a queue from a windows application 
       - Copy a string to an int

--> Highlighted new articles on Developer.com
       1. Processing Image Pixels, Color Intensity, Color Filtering, and Color Inversion
       2. Catching Your Breath after the QUALCOMM BREW Developer Conference
       3. Enterprise Service Bus.Integration Demystified

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Comments from the Editor

Last week, I spent a lot of time at Microsoft's Tech Ed conference. This conference is always great to attend because you can meet with people as well as learn a great deal of information in the sessions. This year was no exception. While Bill Gates didn't attend, Steve Ballmer and Paul Flessner did. Both presented keynote talks outlining some of the key technologies that Microsoft has rolled out or will be rolling out in the near future. As I mentioned last week, there weren't a lot of surprises; however, a number of items were mentioned. I'll be writing more details on these items over the coming weeks. For now, I'll highlight a few items here for you:

Connectivity was a centerpiece for Steve Ballmer presentation. While the catch phrase "New World of Work" seemed goofy to me, it was stated over and over by Ballmer and Flessner in their presentations. This "new world of work" is the fact that people need information at any time from anywhere and on any platform. This can be achieved via connectivity and standardization. Microsoft indicated a number of products that will help in achieving this "new world of work." Active Directory is the tool they indicated would be a key in making this all work. Additionally, new versions of SQL Server (2005), Visual Studio (2005), and other products would also help. To that end, Flessner announced that Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005, and BizTalk Server 2006 would all release the week of November 7th of this year.

RFID has been getting lots of press in the last year or two. Flessner announced an RFID Infrastructure that should be available in 2006. This will help to make using RFID in your applications much easier. As an example of using RFID, they provided all the attendees at Tech Ed a RFID tag. They were then able to monitor when these tags entered different areas of the convention center. We'll cover more on this at CodeGuru in a future article.

Being that you come to CodeGuru, there is a good chance you use Visual Studio. You can already find a number of articles on the site that talk about new features in the 2005 version that will be out in November. Some of the highlights that Flessner mentioned include a 50 to 75% reduction in the amount of code needed for most common scenarios. Stated a different way, with Visual Studio 2005, there are a number of common situations (such as working with a database) that you will be able to code in less than half the number of lines of code than if you are using an earlier version of Visual Studio. With Visual Basic, there are many common things that can now be done with a single line of code (Look for an article on this in the near future!).

Other changes in Visual Studio 2005 include a significant improvement in performance for 64-bit development. There is also improved smart client development with the ease of using the Web, yet the power of Windows. There is also the addition of ClickOnce deployment that allows you to install and update applications easily over the Web -- with a single click! There are also tons of individual improvements in each of the core language products including Visual Basic, C#, and C++. In fact, C++ developers gain a lot more this time than they have in the past. C# guys get new features as well, such as Edit-and-Continue, generics, partial types, anonymous methods, and more. VB developers will get similar things as well as a new statements (Using and Continue), new keywords (Global), the addition of the My namespace, and much more.

SQL Server 2005 is also coming in November with lots of new improvements. This is the first major update of the database in about five years. You can expect to see improvements such as database mirroring, failover clustering, "always online," snapshot isolation, and much more. You'll also be able to do stored procedures using Visual Basic or .NET rather than being forced into using SQL.

If you want to check out Visual Studio 2005 or SQL Server 2005, you can check on the Microsoft site for copies of the latest beta or CTP.

The final topic that I'll mention in this week's newsletter is Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO). Microsoft has been pushing this product for several years. This year, however, they seem to have turned this from what seemed like an end-user product to one that we, as developers, can take seriously.

Microsoft has included the ability to use Outlook as a part of the Office products that can be customized using VSTO. This is in addition to Word and Excel. By using VSTO, you now can embed .NET programming into Outlook. The result is that you can customize Outlook with business functionality. Let's face it, most people spend a good portion of their working day in e-mail. By bringing business functionality into Outlook (or Outlook functionality into your business applications), you can steamline your users workflow.This ability to tie together e-mail, business logic, client information, reporting, and calendaring can lead to some very interesting applications. As a result, VSTO is now a tool worth looking into and using. The one draw back is that VSTO only works with the newer versions of Office.

As a side note, if you have beta 2 of Visual Studio 2005, you will find that VSTO is also now embedded into the product as additional project types rather than having you go to Word or Excel. More importantly, you may find that you don't have a project type for Outlook. The Outlook piece was not a part of the beta 2 release, but I've been told it can be obtained online. With the addition of this add-on, you then can start creating Outlook projects as well.

Microsoft is pushing "the new world of work" as a connected world. They are releasing tools that should help make this possible. They've announced a release date and they've shown betas of what is coming. Now it is just a matter of seeing if November is a real date.

I've barely scratched the surface of what was stated and presented at Tech Ed. Over the coming weeks, you can expect to see even more information on what was learned at this year's conference and in meeting with a number of Microsoft product people one-on-one.

Until next week

Brad Jones, Microsoft MVP

... Recently Published Books

For those of you keeping up by reading books. The following are just a few of the new books that have been recently released. If you've read any of these, feel free to write a review to be posted on CodeGuru. See the submission guidelines at:


--> Beginning .NET Game Programming in VB .NET
      By Weller, Lobao, and Hatton for Apress
      420 pages for $49.99

--> Active Directory Field Guide
      "A one-stop shop for your Active Directory deployment and troubleshooting needs"
      By Laura E. Hunter for Apress
      330 pages for $34.99

New & Updated Articles on CodeGuru

Following are short descriptions of new articles on CodeGuru. If you are interested in submitting your own article for inclusion on the site, then you will find guidelines located at


This week's posted CodeGuru articles:

==> Controls - DataGridView

- Autosize a DataGridView to Fit
    By Wilfried Mestdagh
Read about a little code snippet to show how to autosize the columns of a DataGridView in an intelligent way to fit after resizing the form.


==> DirectX

- [Updated] Capture Live Video from Various Video Devices
    By Dillip Kumar Kara
LiveVideo captures various video sources from various devices attached to the computer.


==> eMail

- Send Mails from within a .NET 2.0 Application
    By Thiru Thangarathinam
Through a set of intuitive classes, the release of .NET 2.0 provides excellent support for sending e-mails. Learn the new ways of sending mail through its System.Net.Mail namespace.


==> Managed C++

- Using Delegates with Native Function Callbacks in Managed C++
    By Tom Archer
Learn how to import native DLL functions into a Managed C++ application and how to define and pass delegates for asynchronous processing with callback functions.


==> Reporting

- Displaying the Images Returned by the RenderStream Method of SQL Server Reporting Services
    By Malik Asif
Find out how to display the images in reports rendered in ASP.NET Web pages.


==> SQL Server 2005

- What's new in SQL Server 2005
    By Mike Gunderloy -
What's New in SQL Server 2005? The new version of SQL Server has been in development for five years now. That's given Microsoft time to build in a lot of new features. Mike Gunderloy highlights the most significant enhancements to help you judge whether you should start evaluating a potential upgrade.


Discussion Groups

Check out the CodeGuru discussion forums at:


Forums include Visual C++, General C++, Visual Basic, Java, General Technology, C#, ASP.NET, XML, Help Wanted, and much, much, more!


Some of the current threads with the most activity are:

==> Get start/end positions of currently visible text in richedit

==> How to monitor a queue from a windows application

==> Copy a string to an int

New Articles on Developer.com

Below are some of the new articles that have been posted to Developer.com (http://www.developer.com).

1. Processing Image Pixels, Color Intensity, Color Filtering, and Color Inversion
    By Richard G. Baldwin -
Learn to write a Java program to control color intensity, apply color filtering, and apply color inversion to an image. Learn to relate the colors to points on a color wheel and points in a color cube.


2. Catching Your Breath after the QUALCOMM BREW Developer Conference
    By Ray Rischpater -
See what key information came from the 2005 BREW developer conference.


3. Enterprise Service Bus.Integration Demystified
    By R Venkatavaradan & Arulazi Dhesiaseelan -
Enterprises are moving towards standards-based integration technologies such as ESB, which offers them a highly scalable integration infrastructure solution. ESB helps enterprises scale in a more rapid fashion, without compromising reliability and performance. Determine if this is what your business needs!


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