This month’s speaker is no stranger to IVBUG members, but the topics he is going to cover, may be relatively unknown to you. He is going to cover two different, interesting topics:
VB My Object productivity tool
The my object is a collection of tools and utilities that give the developer fast access, shortcuts and prepared code to a variety of useful day to day pieces of code used by every developer during the development process. Knowing about this object and using it wisely is a recipe for turbo bursting of a developer performance. Gad is going to cover most of the features of the my object and show the special integration between the my object and the Visual Studio 2005 Visual Basic IDE.
InfoPath as a Data Entry XML Transformer
InfoPath is one of the unknown programs in the Office family. It is part of the Office professional and enterprise editions since the introducing of office 2003 and many users don’t know about it. InfoPath is the perfect tool for transferring human form data to XML as the first step of any digital possessing of forms. InfoPath have rich programming interface but in most of the cases the basic built in capabilities eliminate the need of writing code at all. Gad is going to show the tip of the iceberg of a tool that is going to be one of your building blocks for any electronic data processing system you are going to build from now on.
As always, we'll have our special "Hatzilu" session at our meeting. So please come prepared to discuss your most frustrating problems (or at least some of them!) and to share some of your own techniques and solutions that you have found useful in your applications.
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See you there !!
The February meeting of the Israel Visual Basic User Group
February 1, 2006
2 Hapnina St,
Floor 0 , Dekel Room
It is the new building across from Amdocs.
After the first traffic circle, there is an area for parking on the right.
17:30 - 18:00 Assembly
18:00 - 18:10 Introduction
18:10 - 19:15 “The VB My Object Productivity Tool”
Gadi J. Meir, IDAG Ltd.
19:15 - 19:30 Break
19:30 – 19:45 "Hatzilu !"
Open session, with questions and answers/ideas from everyone
19:45 - 20:45 “InfoPath as a Data Entry XML Transformer”
Gadi J. Meir, IDAG Ltd.
About the speaker:
Gadi has worked in the computer industry for many years (his second computer language was assembly of PDP 8). His main specialty is using MSF (Microsoft solution framework) principles to identifying errors and problems in the development/deployment processes and procedures. His main goal is trying to prevent these types of problems in the project’s planning phase. Unfortunately he is usually summoned for the post mortem phase, a fact that leads directly to his second specialty which is analyzing dumps, blue screens and other low level plumbing tasks. His favorite function is to accompany a project as a technical consultant/guide. In this position he is exposed to a wide variety of interesting problems, where he then has to find creative solutions. Gad insists on teaching from time to time and he is currently the R&D Manager at IDAG ltd. (http://www.idag.co.il)
Please be sure to email me to confirm your participation or for more information.
Back in December, I had a great time chatting with Mark Baker on as they interviewed my for a series on Upgrading to VB.NET that they were doing for their .DevNet .NET podcast series. The interview is posted in approximately 15-minute chunks and the first 2 segments are already posted on CMP Media sites including DotNetJunkies, SqlJunkies, DDJ, Byte, Software Development, etc. You can also go directly to the series home page at http://devnet.developerpipeline.com/podcasts/dotnetcast/
If you listen to them, please let me know what you think !
This isn't really new news (it is 2 months old) but I wanted to make sure people are aware of it.
One of the issues addressed by SQL Server 2005 Express, which was missing in MSDE is the availability of a free tool for managing the database. I usually ended up telling my clients using MSDE to use Access (since they usually had that installed) to develop and manage their MSDE database.
During the SQL Server 2005 beta cycle, MS released a beta/CTP version of the SQL Server Express Management to fill this role. Let's just say that it was missing a "few" features and was not terribly useful. Moreover, it did not progress at all during the beta cycle. MS switched course in the middle (a good decision in my opinion) and decided that instead of developing a new management tool for SQL Express, they would offer a free scaled-down version of SQL Server Management Studio.
A CTP version of SQL Server Management Studio Express is now available for download here.
Since this is based on the same code base as the full SQL Servre Management Studio tool, it is already very functional and stable. A good deal - check it out !