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As my previous function at the office has slowed drastically, and the promises of more work have fallen through, i have realised that i best get some more work for myself. I am funded until the end of the year, but if i cannot justify my existence, they'll find somewhere else for that cash.

So, two projects in the group i'm in group use .NET. So, even though i prefer database work, programming is a viable option. I just installed Visual Studio, and perhaps the adventure starts tomorrow.

Some quick notices on my part showed me that MS's push for integration made a system that has no specific purpose. First make a project, then choose the language. Maybe i'll like it, but the idea makes me queasy.

Then there's those floaty buttons on the toolbar. Why haven't they gotten over that insanity yet? Buttonwise, Windows has gone from squarish and clunky, to rounded edges, to small, to floaty. I liked the rounded edges one alot. They looked real. They had shadows to imply a third dimension, and were intuitive. Now, it looks more like well done graffiti on a small toolbar. Hmm... I guess that's where IE started. Whenever i have the chance i change it back, but i see no option here. Maybe i'll just remove all toolbars instead of looking at it. Yeah, IE is like that too, but for some reason i don't think it is as bad.

The help looks really confusing. The windows popping up all over the place. On the upper left side, and the bottom middle for results. The VB3 IE was nearly best. The basics fit on one floppy, and had a minimal IDE unless i asked for more.

Oh well, i guess i have no choice. As long as the functionality is there, i'll have to be happy with that.

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Verbiage: Looking at .NET

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  • From VS2003.

    It is a bit more consistent.

    The largest problem I have with VS is that MSDN gets more and more confusing (and harder to search through!) each year.

    • The largest problem I have with VS is that MSDN gets more and more confusing (and harder to search through!) each year.

      The greatest deterant to adopting MS Indexing Services, is to use it once.

      I almost always use google to find thing on MS's support site. MS has the information, and presents ot very well, but it is very hard to find the right article using the provided methods.

      MSDN is really nice. But it suffers from the same problem. Which is why i never even tried MSN search, assuming it is just a big jok
  • I liked the help when I was working with VS.NET. With the bottom-middle pane I could keep some stuff visible while looking at the code.
    • With the bottom-middle pane I could keep some stuff visible while looking at the code.

      And you can't do that on the side?

      I'd rahter see code longer than wider doing a search. Longer gives more context.
      • Well, the side had all of the selection options and whatnot. I don't know, it just never majorly disrupted me. I'm sure there's an option somewhere for it all.
        • Well, i just completely cleared the MDI. And i'm still debating MDI or tabbed. Tabbed is cleaner when not switching too often, but those tabs are ugly, like the rest of the controls.

          Now to find a good starter for VB .NET. I (used to) know VB, but not the current flavor. I may need to stop at the local shop and grab me an O'Reilly.

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