I have found a class that allows for balloon shaped forms in .NET.
Have a look at CodeProject.
The winners would be announced at the Teched in Barcelona (1-5 July 2002). Then this was moved to July 12. It is now August. Nothing has happened. Is there no winner?
Most commercial WinForm applications have a SplashScreen. This article explains how you can implement one using the Microsoft .NET Framework.
Example: Visual Studio.NET SplashScreen
The SplashApplicationContext is used to show a splash Form before the main Form is shown. It's base class is ApplicationContext.
The constructor accepts 3 arguments
- mainForm: The main Form of the application to use for context
- splashForm: The splash Form of the application to use for context
- interval: The time (in milliseconds) the splash Form is visible. Specify 0 to disable the timeout.
The Application.Run(context) method creates a standard application message loop on the current thread, with an ApplicationContext.
The following code creates a SplashApplicationContext using a new Form1 as the MainForm and a new SplashForm as the SplashForm. The interval is set to 2000 which will show the SplashForm for 2 seconds. This is done in the static Main() method.
/// The main entry point for the application.
new SplashApplicationContext(new Form1(),new SplashForm(), 2000);
You can use the time that the SplashForm is shown usefully. You can use it to connect to databases or do some other intializations. The following code simulates some activity. The status is displayed using a Label control.
// Show Form
Application.DoEvents();// Finish Paint
Cursor.Current = Cursors.WaitCursor;
// Simulate some activity (e.g. connect to database, caching data, retrieving defaults)
this.labelStatus.Text ="Step 1";
// Simulate some activity
this.labelStatus.Text ="Step 2";
// Simulate some activity
this.labelStatus.Text ="Step 3";
// Close Form
You must set the interval to 0 to disable the timer.
new SplashApplicationContext(new Form1(),new SplashForm(), 0);
The SplashApplicationContext class is easy solution to show a SplashScreen. It demonstrates the power of the .NET Framework.
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I have found the opensource project/tool NDoc which compiles the C# Xml Documentation to MSDN like help file.
It works great!
I think I have found a Bug in VB.NET (Final)! I can't compile the following program (Build Error: 'Private Function Foo() As Integer' and 'Public Function Foo() As String' cannot overload each other because they differ only by return types. ). It worked in Beta2 of VB.NET.
Public Interface ITestInterface
Function Foo() As Integer
Public Class TestClass
Private Function Foo() As Integer Implements VBBug.ITestInterface.Foo
Public Function Foo() As String
I have found a great OutlookBar control on C# Corner.
I don't like COM+. I have never liked it but I had to use it when I needed Distributed Transactions. At the Teched 2002 in Barcelona I learned how you can use Distributed Transactions without COM+.
My problem with COM+ is the fact that you only can choose one transactiontype for a class. You can not differentiate it per method.
Download the following Zip file and have a look at Ron Jacobs example project and slides.
Be carefull, this only works on Windows XP. It uses some lowlevel COM+ 1.5 features.
I have recently updated my WebSite from 'Classic' ASP to ASP.NET. This allowed me to create this WebLog easily using an Xml file and a DataGrid.
I will use this WebLog as a podium to communicate my personal opinion about Microsoft .NET. The 'product' which allows me to create great software.
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