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  • SUCCESS!–VB on Linux!

    OK, so the time has finally come.  VB on Linux… OFFICIALLY!  First, let me discuss the hardware: An HP MediaSmart Server circa 2007 upgraded to 1GB of ram and 13TB of storage. Second, the OS: After researching the various distros, I’ve decided to go with Debian.  I’ve installed the x64 version of Debian 9.1. Third, the ...
    Posted to AddressOf.com (Weblog) by CorySmith on September 20, 2017
  • Project “Thalia”

    Many years ago I utilized my knowledge of hardware automation to build a solution to both the storage and (more importantly) usage of a constantly growing DVD collection.  The solution at the time was to combine several multi-disc changers together with the necessary hardware to handle the switching of the audio/video operated from a ...
    Posted to AddressOf.com (Weblog) by CorySmith on July 17, 2017
  • BASIC SIG (February 7th, 2017) - VB's ByRef/ByVal (VB's "it just works" approach to CLR ref) and "All About Nullables"

    Rough agenda: * Progress update: Website, Slack.NET... * Discuss ways that you can get involved, regardless of skill level. * ByVal and ByRef, what does this mean along with deeper dive of CLR ref and how VB takes this a step further. * "All About Nullables"  Dim a As Integer?... A question?  What does that mean? ...
    Posted to AddressOf.com (Weblog) by CorySmith on January 11, 2017
  • (Re)Announcing BASICSIG!

    After visiting Microsoft for the Microsoft MVP Summit in November, I was a bit “beat down”.  I came to a somewhat difficult (and in my mind, somewhat shocking) realization.  VB is dead! Wait, what? OK, so it requires a little explanation… After speaking with several long time MVP’s who were (and, in many ...
    Posted to AddressOf.com (Weblog) by CorySmith on January 11, 2017
  • BASIC SIG (November 1st, 2016) - Are line numbers evil?

    This is a "challenge month" where each participant will use GW-BASIC to build something "interesting" (something that works) from scratch in the hour and a half that is available.  Each project will be judged on across several aspects and the winner will walk away with an ESP8266! As a requirement to ...
    Posted to AddressOf.com (Weblog) by CorySmith on October 13, 2016
  • BASIC SIG (October 4th, 2016) - What would you ask the VB team?

    I'll be going to Microsoft next month, so this month we will talk candidly about the current state of VB.NET... no sacred cows... ask anything and I'll be sure to get some of these questions answered with a recap (without breaking NDA) in Decembers meeting. As a requirement to meet at this location, I have to share: This event is not ...
    Posted to AddressOf.com (Weblog) by CorySmith on September 15, 2016
  • BASIC SIG (September 6th, 2016) - Random Topics

    Work has clobbered me this month, so we will just be covering random topics, questions, etc.  So come and ask "anything". As a requirement to meet at this location, I have to share: This event is not sponsored or endorsed by the by the North Richland Hills Library, The Maker Spot or the City of North Richland Hills.
    Posted to AddressOf.com (Weblog) by CorySmith on August 11, 2016
  • BASIC SIG (August 2nd, 2016) - VB.NET... let's finish building something!

    Continuing the efforts of the last two meetings, we will finish the project, using it to demonstrate the language features as well as some of the process behind "how to build software"... attend and participate. As a requirement to meet at this location, I have to share: This event is not sponsored or endorsed by the by the ...
    Posted to AddressOf.com (Weblog) by CorySmith on July 14, 2016
  • BASIC SIG (July 5th, 2016) - VB.NET... let's continue to build something!

    Last month went very well, a lot of interaction and we actually successfully built a random, undetermined, application from scratch that actually "worked".  We will continue to build on this project, using it to demonstrate the language features as well as some of the process behind "how to build software"... ...
    Posted to AddressOf.com (Weblog) by CorySmith on June 16, 2016
  • BASIC SIG (June 7th, 2016) - VB.NET... let's build something!

    We are going to build something using VB.NET... attend and participate. As a requirement to meet at this location, I have to share: This event is not sponsored or endorsed by the by the North Richland Hills Library, The Maker Spot or the City of North Richland Hills.
    Posted to AddressOf.com (Weblog) by CorySmith on May 12, 2016
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