Archives / 2006 / April
  • A look back at McNealy Zingers

    It has only been a day since Scott McNealy announced he is stepping down as CEO of Sun, but the retrospectives have already begun!
    Be sure to watch the video offered about half way down the page, in addition to reading the text quotes.


  • Renaissance's SQL Express / Visual Studio Starter Kit Now Available for Download from

    The SQL Express / Visual Studio Starter Kit that we developed for Microsoft is now available for download !


    The Teacher Starter Kit is a desktop Winforms application that uses SQL Express as its data store.  It is not designed as an enterprise application - it is targeted to less experienced developers and/or developers developing simpler applications.   However, what it does do, it does really well.  It shows off various different techniques and technologies, including the new DataSet and TableAdapter designer, the new data binding controls, the new ReportViewer control, and extending the functionality of the TableAdapter (implementing transactions) via partial classes.


    Download it from (available in both VB and C#)


    Check it out, then tell your friends and colleagues about it.   Comments and questions can be posted here or sent to


  • Double the Speed of your IBM Thinkpad in Less Than a Minute!

    One of my developers noticed that his new IBM T43 Thinpad seemed to be running rather slowly.  Upon talking to IBM Support, he was informed of a great power-conservation feature of the Intel Centrino CPU - SpeedStep Technology - which runs the CPU at half speed when running on battery. It may also run at half speed even when you are on AC - depending on your power management settings!


  • April Israel Visual Basic User Group Meeting

    This month we take a step away from the depths of code and try to take a higher-level look at developing applications.


    This month’s speaker, Jonathan Einav, is going to discuss the world of Design Patterns and architectures.  These are the issues that have a much greater impact of the development of your project than many of the coding issues that developers often spend a lot of time on.


    Jonathan will open a window to the architecture and design patterns world, explain why are they needed and where did they came from, and give some examples and real world examples of how to choose Design Patterns and architectures. This lecture will not be a programming language oriented lecture, but will mainly discuss the paradigms and uses with examples in various programming languages.


    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.

    Please confirm your attendance.

    See you there !!

    The April meeting of the Israel Visual Basic User Group

    April 5, 2006


    Microsoft Israel

    2 Hapnina St,

    (09) 7625-100

    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   
    Architecture and Design Patterns – Part 1”

    Jonathan Einav

    19:15 - 19:30    Break

    19:30 – 19:45   "Hatzilu !"
    Open session, with questions and answers/ideas from everyone

    19:45 - 20:45   Architecture and Design Patterns – Part 2”

    Jonathan Einav 


    About the speaker:

    Jonathan Einav has a B.A. with honors in Computer Science.  He has assumed different industrial positions such as R&D Manager, Chief Architect and Project Manager in various industry domains, such as medical, educational, and security.  He has also acted as a consultant to various companies in software management, architecture, and Microsoft .NET issues.


    Please be sure to email me to confirm your participation or for more information.


    Take Care,

    Jackie Goldstein                        
    Microsoft Regional Director, Israel

    Microsoft MVP -
    Author of "Database Access with Visual Basic .NET" -
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