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  • Using System.ComponentModel Attributes to your advantage

    The System.ComponentModel namespace (more information here ) in .Net contains an array of various attributes that every .Net developer should know about.  These attributes provide a way for the developer to implement design-time and run-time behavior on both controls and components.  In addition...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 01-30-2008
    Filed under: Development, .Net IDE, .Net, UI, WinForms, HowTo
  • Subclassing for Success

    As someone how has been designing and developing WinForms based applications for the past 7+ years, I have learned that subclassing UI controls is a must. You may be thinking, why would I want to subclass a text box? Or a combo box? The answer is simple, the better future proof your app. How many times...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 11-02-2007
    Filed under: Development, Methodology, WinForms, Opinion, Featured
  • HowTo: How to use the PowerStatus in System.Windows.Forms.SystemInformation

    One of the new cool new classes in .net 2.0 is the PowerStatus class ( http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.windows.forms.systeminformation.powerstatus(VS.80).aspx ). You can use this class to get information about the battery life of your mobile computer. In my case this is for a Tablet PC...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 11-20-2006
    Filed under: Development, .Net, WinForms
  • Using a Screen Shot to help Trouble Shoot your deployed application

    On my current project I wanted a way to help maintain our application after deployment. Sure I have added logging, I have added the ability to email the stack trace to an email account, but neither of these will tell me exactly what the user was actually doing at the time of the exception. And my experience...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 11-01-2006
    Filed under: Development, .Net, WinForms
  • TextBoxes and Password Chars -- Strange behavior

    So, today I needed to create a 'password' entry text box for my application at work. I needed to have this perform like every other password text box, but I also needed the text box to be MUCH larger than normal (the application is for Tablet PC and everything is over sized). I set the UseSystemPasswordChar...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 10-25-2006
    Filed under: Development, .Net, WinForms
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