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The blogs of Black Marble staff

Visual Basic.NET 2005 Power Packs ( subverted to c# )

Microsoft have just launched two Power Packs for VB.NET to help provide more functionality out of the box for VB.

 

PrintForm Component 1.0

With  the new PrintForm component you can  layout the Windows Form exactly as you want it and  to print the form as a quick report

 

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?Fa...

 

Printing can be done to printer , preview or file. To use the PrintForm component in c# just follow the instructions for VB. it seems to be a bit slow in the trial I did earlier but I will do some more tests.

 

Interop Forms Toolkit 1.0

Allows .NET forms to be embedded in VB applications , this is quite incredible it is now possible to continue to work on and maintain applications in VB while adding new code in .NET.

if you are still maintaining VB code and are hankering for some .NET time check this Power Pack out.

 

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?Fa...

 

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New Season of Black Marble Events at a new Venue

I've just published our new schedule of events for Autumn/Winter 2006/2007.

Coming next year - events on BizTalk, SharePoint 2007, Longhorn Server and Exchange Server.

All our events our free, and refreshments/lunch is provided.

Feel free to bring a colleague!

We have also moved to a new venue - make sure you check the map and directions in your confirmation email.

Linda

Technical Update (for Developers) - New Event

This event will provide a technical update covering Microsoft's latest shipping products, as well as what's forthcoming and the development environments that will be available to customise them.

Our aim is to provide a review of up and coming products, as well as highlighting any from the past year you may have missed, in order to help you make informed decisions for now and the future by raising awareness of the direction and scope of Microsoft's product plan by discussing these, and many more.

  • .NET 3.0, including WPF, WCF and WF
  • Microsoft Design Tools Expression, including Web Designer, Interactive Designer and Graphic Designer
  • CE
  • .NET 3.5 LINQ to the Future
  • Visual Studio Orcas Components

Date: 31 January 2007, Time: 2pm - 5pm, Location: The Courtyard.

Visit www.blackmarble.co.uk or email events@blackmarble.co.uk for more information or to book.

Technical Update 2007 (for Managers) - New Events

A welcome return for our Technical Update in January 2007. 

This event will provide a technical update covering Microsoft's latest shipping products, as well as what's forthcoming and the development environments that will be available to customise them.

Our aim is to provide a review of up and coming products, as well as highlighting any from the past year you may have missed, in order to help you make informed decisions for now and the future by raising awareness of the direction and scope of Microsoft's product plan by discussing these, and many more.

  • Windows 2003 Server R2
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows Longhorn Server
  • Microsoft Unified Communications including Office Communication Server 2007 and Office Communicator 2007
  • SQL Server 2005
  • Visual Studio 2005 (and various other editions)
  • Microsoft CRM 3.0
  • Microsoft Business Score Card Manager
  • BizTalk 2006 R2
  • Internet Explorer 7
  • Exchange 2007
  • Office Server 2007
  • Office Client 2007

Date: 31 January 2007, Time: 9am - 12pm, Location: The Courtyard

Visit www.blackmarble.co.uk or email events@blackmarble.co.uk for more information or to book.

Managing Development with Microsoft Team Server and Visual Studio 2005 - New Event

Microsoft has launched Visual Studio 2005, a major new release of its developer tools environment, and the foundation of Microsoft platform development for the next few years. This marked the arrival of the lifecycle tools, Visual Studio Team System and the Team Foundation Server, to support end-to-end system development scenarios. These are the tools Microsoft has been using for years internally but are being made available to address customers need to more rapidly develop and deliver solutions that meet the business performance, scalability and end user requirements.

Visual Studio Team System adds significant new capabilities and value to the suite of Microsoft developer tools, with advanced end-to-end role collaboration, real-time reporting and analysis, and a host of new tools covering architecture, development, and testing.

Many of you may have already transition to one of the individual role based offerings in Visual Studio Team System, but are still learning all the new tools and benefits of the offering. This session is intended to provide an introduction to Visual Studio Team System, highlight the new functionality and demonstrate Visual Studio Team System in action.

Date: 7 December, Time: 2pm - 5pm, Location: The Courtyard.

Visit www.blackmarble.co.uk or email events@blackmarble.co.uk for more information or to book.

The Manager’s Essential Guide to IT Security and Best Practice - New Event

An essential guide for general and IT managers on IT security issues that affect the whole IT industry. We will cover:

  • Security
  • Current Security Technologies
  • Security Awareness and User Education
  • Social Engineering
  • Security Best Practices
  • Software Security
  • ISA Server 2006

Date: 7 December, Time: 9am - 12pm, Location: The Courtyard.

Visit www.blackmarble.co.uk or email events@blackmarble.co.uk for more information or to book.

Make the Most of your IT Systems using Business Intelligence - New Event

Business Intelligence (BI) is not a product but a term that covers a wide range of products that allow a manager to make better business decisions.

BI has changed over the years both in reach and formality - today a good BI system can present data on a wide variety of heterogeneous services in a robust and accessible manner. Hence, in most cases provision of BI is an IT infrastructure issue focused on getting key data to key people.

The new tools from Microsoft aim to provide an easy and robust means to spread the reach of BI to a wider community of users, whether based in web browsers or rich clients such as Excel.

Products covered include Excel 2007 (client), SQL/Analysis Services, Reporting Services and Excel Server.

Date: 1 November, Time: 9am - 5pm, Location: The Courtyard.

Visit www.blackmarble.co.uk or email events@blackmarble.co.uk for more information or to book.

Ed Gibson - On the Road

Black Marble are proud to host the Northern leg of the 'Ed Gibson "On The Road"' Events tour which will take place mid-Septermber to mid-October 2006 at 5 venues around the country. The aim of the events are to raise awareness of the issues surrounding computer security, specifically Organised Crime and Hacking and also to raise the awareness amongst the Business and Developer communities of Developer and IT Pro User Groups and how they can help instruct and inform developers and managers about new technologies and other issues such as security.

The headline speaker is Ed Gibson the new Chief Security Advisor for Microsoft UK. Ed is an ex-FBI agent and delivers a fascinating talk on his experiences and views on security in the IT world and how to combat organised crime on the Internet.

Other speakers from the likes of Oracle will offer alternative or differing views on computer security and the event will end with an hour long 'panel discussion' with question and answers.

This event will feature Ed Gibson, Dinis Cruz and Duncan Harris of Oracle and is being run by the Scottish Developers Group and The Next Generation User Group in association with Black Marble.

Event date: 12 October, time 4pm - 7:30pm, location: The Courtyard.

Visit www.blackmarble.co.uk or email events@blackmarble.co.uk

More thermal grease please nurse....

A while ago I posted about my Dell 5150 overheating. Well all the things I tried have helped a bit, but not really sorted the problem so in desperation I called Dell support (when all else fails etc. etc.)

They suggested putting the latest bios on (A38), cleaning the heatsink with compressed air and making sure it was seated right, nothing I had not read in newsgroups. However, this got me thinking, when the motherboard had been swapped under warrantee, had the engineer put more thermal grease on the CPU?

So I put the BIOS update on as I know this has a different thermal map (when the fans switch on to the one I had). The air blast did not seem to clean out much dirt, but I did squeeze a good dollop of grease between the CPU and heatsink and reassembled the system.

Well it has been running a day and I would say I am 10DegC cooler.

So the moral of the story, chat to someone new it might give you an idea

Installing XP on my Virtual PC is sloooooooow

When installing Windows (any version) on a Virtual PC get the Virtual PC extensions installed as soon as possible.

I have been installing a basic XP SP2 from an ISO image on a VPC and it has been hogging my P4HT processor, virtually melting my Dell 5150. After the basic installation I did a Windows update and this was really crawling along, with high CPU usage and loads of pauses. So I stopped the update, installed the VPC extensions did a reboot and now it is flying along, just I would expect.

I cannot stress enough how important these extensions seem to be to the efficient running of VPCs - get them installed