Build custom controls that can inherit from existing .NET controls, add custom properties to inherited controls, and support reuse in any app that needs them.
Create a customizable Suntimes calculator using the free, built-in SharePoint functionality that lets users supply their own data to a custom Web Part.
Use Microsoft Speech Server 2004 and its new Speech Applications SDK to improve the user experience in your speech apps.
Set up applications to configure at run time using the VS.NET Dynamic Properties functionality-and even add some tricks the .NET Framework doesn't support yet.
- By Sushil Srivastava
Learn how to create your own application settings class by leveraging the FileInfo, HashTable, XMLReader, and XMLWriter classes.
ASP.NET's Repeater, DataList, and DataGrid controls display data in a tabular format with various features. Learn which control is the best fit for your app.
Use the OwnerDraw capabilities of the Microsoft Windows GDI+ to add gradient colors to controls and ListBox items, add rounded edges to controls, and manage the size and color of ListBox items.
Learn how to customize TabControl components. The author shows you how to fix shortcut keys on TabControl and hide and show TabControl pages.
Use the .NET Compact Framework to write an application for sending SMS messages on Bluetooth-enabled Pocket PCs.
- By Wei-Meng Lee
Use Microsoft's TerraService and MapPoint Web Services to start your own VS.NET-based mapping projects.
- By Roger Jennings
Use PropertyGrid to edit complex data structures by adding custom user interface editors.
Track changes in files using XML datasets with the DiffGram format. This format lets you track what has changed, and what hasn't.
C# now provides many of the features VB developers have enjoyed for years. Learn how to plug the rest of VB's power into your C# apps.
- By Daniel Appleman
From confidentiality, integrity, and availability to authentication, authorization, and audit, find out how you can employ best practices to make Web services secure.
- By Mark O'Neill