11/01/2004

November 2004 - Jazz Up Your WinForms

Use popup-style windows, irregularly shaped forms, and collapsible and dockable controls to give users the flexible, modern, consistent UIs they've come to expect. Plus parsing text files with regular expressions, using the .NET Framework Stack class to handle multiple states of data within your application, sorting in .NET and more.


In-Depth

Spice Up Your Windows Forms

Users expect to find popup-style windows, irregularly shaped forms, and collapsible and dockable controls in a robust application. Learn how to implement the three features that can make or break your next Windows Forms app's UI.


.NET 2 the Max

Parse Text Files With Regular Expressions

Learn to parse fixed-length files and delimited text files, detect when a key combination is pressed, and change the style of the Web control that has the input focus.


Editor's Note

One Size Rarely Fits All

Picking editorial for VSM can generate controversy.


Getting Started

Sort in .NET

Sorting provides users with logical views of information. Learn how to implement and customize the sorting features your collections provide.


Letters from Readers

Lack of Standards Lessens .NET's Appeal

The last decade has seen software companies attempt to foster sales by producing new products that make the earlier versions obsolete. Some say this approach will be their downfall.


First Looks

Use Managed Database Providers

DataDirect Connect for .NET's native managed database providers for Oracle, SQL Server, DB2, and Sybase improve data-access performance, reliability, and scalability.


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