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    Re: Feedback wanted: Top Complaints about Metro

    The thing that bothers me about Metro is the rather jarring difference in how the interface works as compared with the desktop environment. Yes, the desktop is still supported but I found jumping in...
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    Re: Made me smile: VB is bad

    Yup. I was working on a water/wastewater treatment system at the time. Pretty cool stuff. We would hang an RTU (Remote Telemetry Unit) on just about anything you wouldn't want to stick your hand...
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    Re: Made me smile: VB is bad

    You have now. :D Back when I was working for Turbitrol (early '80's) we were writing FORTRAN IV and DEC Assembly on the PDP 11/44 under RSX/11M. We also had a few mini VAX systems around but I never...
  4. Re: Optimize a query that's only slow under a load

    Is the ID column indexed? If you wanted to create one clustered index, ID should be that index.

    -Max
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    Re: Serious Problem with my project

    Sometimes Intellisense will not work properly if you have an error in the code. Check your error list to make sure you don't have a syntax error blocking the JIT compiler.
  6. Re: How long can I expect WCF/WPF to be supported?

    You're describing a situation that's present in many shops. We have our share of "bloated" VB6 apps that were never "designed" here too. I understand exactly where you're coming from.

    Scalable...
  7. Re: How long can I expect WCF/WPF to be supported?

    Hey Mojo,

    Go ahead and develop your application. WPF/WCF are technologies that will continue to work for many moons. Just because Microsoft stops development on them for later versions of the...
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    Re: Vb6 express - where to get it ?

    Probably true. Best to stick with the rules. However in the case of VB6 I doubt Microsoft would make an issue of it in the same way they would if you put Windows on 2 machines. That would...
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    Re: Windows 8 - Consumer Preview

    +1

    It's a good thing for me that I develop mostly business-intelligence type code (Rules Engines, stuff like that) and database applications. When I develop the front-end for something it's...
  10. Re: The Next Wave Happens Feb 29th: Windows 8 Consumer Preview, Visual Studio 11 beta

    Agreed. If I didn't accept change then I'd still be writing C under DOS. I am just getting tired of change FOR THE SAKE of change. It's getting to the point now where you can't finish tooling up...
  11. Re: The Next Wave Happens Feb 29th: Windows 8 Consumer Preview, Visual Studio 11 beta

    Ahh ... so "streamlined" is the term they're using to describe the new GUI? First they "greyed" everything in VS2010 now it's going monochrome. This and Metro are, IMHO, steps backward on a desktop...
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    Re: Vb6 express - where to get it ?

    Horazio,

    I don't think anyone is going to hunt you down for software piracy if you install your copy of Enterprise on your office machine too. You're not pirating it if you use it that way since...
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    Poll: Re: Anyone getting the iPad 3?

    Sure, why not? I enjoy my 4S and having a big screen for reading books in my easy chair would be nice.
  14. Thread: I need a job!

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    Re: I need a job!

    Can't find anything, eh? Sorry to hear that. Hang in there.

    -Max
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    VS 2010 Re: migrate from VB6 to VB.NET ??

    Exactly. The basic purpose of a lock is to "keep honest people honest". If someone REALLY wants to break your lock they're eventually going to find a way to do it. Fortunately most thieves aren't...
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    VS 2010 Re: migrate from VB6 to VB.NET ??

    I think that Win8 is going to create some markets but I don't think it will replace desktop applications. The ratio will change, that's all. Having looked at the Dev Preview I can see some value in...
  17. Re: How to get previous month or year if previous month is Dec

    Here's a better way to get the previous month:



    prev_month = month(dateadd("m",-1,date))


    The above will return the value 12 if presented with any date during this month.

    -Max
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    VS 2008 Re: Ideas to Debug Published App

    You said that the application performs a SQL operation and then writes to a text file?

    The only thing I haven't seen mentioned here is - from where are you running the SQL? Is your application...
  19. Re: Generating reports without Crystal reports in vb.net

    Well, dunno if this is the kind of answer you're looking for but to avoid Crystal you might want to consider Active Reports. It's about $600 for a developer version but it is way slick. I bought my...
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    Re: IPhone or Android Apps?

    Keep in mind that if you want to develop for iOS (correct me if I'm wrong) you'll have to be running on the Mac platform (OSX). I don't believe you will do that from a Windows box. Dunno about...
  21. Re: Syntax error converting datetime from character string.

    Make sure that the date string in the SQL is enclosed in single-quotes: I.E.

    datRequired = '11/18/2011'. I'm not sure what the "convert" function above returns but it probably does not include...
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    Re: You Know Whats BS Thread

    CONCUR! :afrog:
  23. Thread: OOP in VB6

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    Re: OOP in VB6

    While I agree that such discussions get "religious" and silly quickly, your statement (reference to C++ bigots and Java/.Net 'step-children') is a little like the pot calling the kettle black. :eek:...
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    Re: .NET IDE Code Snippets

    I haven't ever used those. I generally write my own snippets as functions in my own class library.

    I suppose the feature might be handy ... just one of those features I never got 'round to...
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    VS 2010 Re: How to open a file in use?

    I haven't done a lot of regular file I/O lately - mostly SQL Server. When opening the StreamReader on the file, are you able to specify the mode that the file is opened in? I'll bet that,...
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    Re: Programming competition

    All three I guess! If your company was living in the 21st century you would have had a quad-core laptop and the company would have reimbursed you for the trip! I guess I'd have been proud that it...
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    Re: Programming competition

    Er ... you say this like you're proud of it! :eek:

    -Max
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    VS 2010 Re: How to open a file in use?

    Generally speaking you should be able to open an in-use file in READ-ONLY mode. See if there is an attribute setting to the StreamReader object that will enable you to open it in that mode. The O/S...
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    Re: VBForums: Change is coming....

    Yeah ... will it interface to "Tapatalk"?

    -Max
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    Re: Programming competition

    Back in the DOS days there were some going on and I participated in one. It was a blast. I had developed my own user-interface technology and wanted to see how it stacked up against some of the...
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    Re: Programming competition

    Those can be a lot of fun. I used to do that a number of years ago. It's a good way to test your toolset. Enjoy.

    -Max
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    Re: Connecting to SQL Express

    Mmm ... I'd have to check that. I thought the initial catalog was required - I mean ... if you're opening a connection it has to be to a DB generally, but I hadn't thought about connecting just to...
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    Re: Windows 8 Discommendation

    I've got it running fine in a Virtual Box on my i7, though after a little while I run out of things to do with it. I've been looking at some of the videos about coding for Metro but it's hard to...
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    Re: Connecting to SQL Express

    You're not specifying a database to attach to. Your "Initial Catalog" entry is null.

    Also, make sure that remote access is allowed on the machine you're trying to connect to. I don't know...
  35. Thread: I love VB

    by Max Peck
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    Re: I love VB

    Hey ... so that was you out looking for caves? Should have come over to mine, I'd have lent you some of the papyrus! It had just been invented and you were still stuck carving them into stone....
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    Re: VB6 is not dead

    Looks like you took my tongue-in-cheek response as an offense. Sorry 'bout that. You were beginning to sound a bit petulant in the way you were carrying your torch there which is why I responded...
  37. Thread: I love VB

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    Re: I love VB

    There was no such thing as bar napkins when I started coding. We used papyrus sheets! ;-)

    -Max
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    Re: VB6 is not dead

    Well, whether you like it or not, the platform has changed. VB6 is an excellent development tool but the technology has been obsoleted. That's simply the way it is.

    I'm not an advocate of...
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    Re: VB6 is not dead

    Who cares if VB6 (or any other technology) is "dead" or not? If it's in your toolbox and accomplishes your end then use the thing. I'm sure the 15-year-old hammer in my garage isn't supported by...
  40. Thread: I love VB

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    Re: I love VB

    Real men enter the program through the toggle-switches on the front panel and save the program to paper tape!

    -Max :D
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