Denver Visual Studio Users Group meets monthly and will be of interest
to software developers in the Denver area. See other links on the
Denver Visual Studio Users Group web site for other User Groups in Colorado.
Both sites have links to other developer sites in Colorado.
Axelson's web site janaxelson.com provides information on
use of the PC parallel port and USB under Windows, using Visual Basic and, to a
lesser extent, Delphi. She has written several books (click the books image
for a description) and a number of magazine articles on this and related
Wood's SoftCircuits Programming provides Visual Basic and C++ consulting
services. SoftCircuits' web site at http://www.softcircuits.com has lots
of example programs and free utilities that can be a boon to programmers.
A brand-new offering on his site is Cygnus 2.0, a very powerful and
inexpensive hex file editor. In my opinion it is the fastest and
easiest hex editor available anywhere! Features include MDI interface,
multi-level undo & redo, extensive drag & drop support, blazing fast and
flexible search, search and replace, file compare, delete and insert
characters as easily as you can in a word processor, edit files up to
available virtual memory (up to 2GB), much more.
Check it out the "try before
you buy" version using this link.
Assistant (Click the image to jump to
applications, data, and settings from one PC to another, all without having
Read my review here.
Click Ucalc above for more information.
An expression parser for programmers
Let's say you're writing an application, and instead of hard-coding a
pre-determined set of formulas, you want to let your users add their own,
whenever they want. You started developing a math engine in-house, but gave up
after several months. You found some solutions on the Internet. But now, you're
looking for something that's faster, more flexible, and more reliable. You want
something that will save your company development time and money. What you need
then is uCalc Free Math Parser.
uCalc Free Math Parser allows programs to evaluate math expressions that are
defined at run time. Ease of implementation, flexibility, sturdiness and
speed are at the core of the product's design. It includes direct support
for Borland C++ Builder, Delphi,
PowerBASIC (PB/DLL and PB/CC), Visual Basic (classic), Visual Basic .NET,
and Visual C++.
uCalc FMP in a nutshell
Example 1: This lets the end-user evaluate an
expression such as 6+4*5/2
UserExpr$ = InputBox$("Enter an expression",,"6+4*5/2") Print
ucEval(UserExpr$) ' Returns 16
Example 2: This user expression is very rapidly
evaluated in a loop (See the demo that comes with the download for a more
UserExpr$ = InputBox$("Enter an expression",,"x^2+x+1") xPtr =
ucDefineVariable("x As Double", VarPtr(x)) ExprPtr =
For x = 1 To 1000000
SumTotal = SumTotal + ucEvaluate(ExprPtr)
Under the free license, you may include the DLLs in commercial, educational,
personal, or private projects, on as many computers as needed, whether on
individual or networked systems. There is no royalty fee. The
Free License help file topic gives you the code to remove the message box
that pops up in demo mode. Although the free license does not entitle you
to technical support, chances are fairly good that you might get a response if
you post your technical support questions online. Only a few advanced
features (none of which were available in 2.0) are reserved for the commercial
license, and there is a generous limit on the number of items you can define.
VBnet, the Visual Basic Developers Resource Centre,
provides code samples, FAQ, and useful advice. Many of the examples have
been written by Randy Birch, but some may specify additional authors or
The Developer MVP (Most Valuable Professional) web site is devoted to
information and sample code submitted by various MVPs. Microsoft is not
associated with this site. Go to
http://www.mvps.org/vb for Karl Peterson's Visual Basic contributions to
the MVP site.
is a site devoted to providing free, advanced source code to
Visual Basic programmers since June 1998. Now it includes
the .NET and C# community.
is a really powerful tool. Read this description, and click the link
to get more information, or to download your own copy.
MultiLinker is an add-in for Word that allows you to do the following
• Automate the process of adding hyperlinks to Word documents
• Convert Word documents to PDF files with the hyperlinks still operating
• Convert Word documents to HTML files, with the hyperlinks still operating
• Convert Word Documents to HTML Help files, with the hyperlinks still
What exactly does MultiLinker do?
• MultiLinker automatically looks up cross-references within Word documents
according to rules which you can configure, and converts the
cross-references into hyperlinks.
• MultiLinker looks through Word documents for URLs and automatically
converts any it finds into hyperlinks
• MultiLinker automatically creates hyperlinks between Word documents
according to rules which you can configure. Links can to be the start of a
document or to any defined point within the document (useful if you have a
glossary in a separate file with lots of definitions and abbreviations which
you want to link to).
• MultiLinker checks through a batch of documents to search for broken
hyperlinks, and reports and/or highlights any broken links found
• MultiLinker converts Word documents to PDF format complete with hyperlinks
and other navigation features, with the assistance of Acrobat Distiller
(version 4 or later) or Ghostscript. It adds bookmarks (outline entries),
and makes links from hyperlinks, REF and PAGEREF fields, and the page
numbers of an INDEX field. When converting, links between documents within a
set are updated so that they point to the converted PDF file.
• MultiLinker converts Word documents to HTML Help format. Each heading and
its associated text is converted to a topic of the HTML Help file. The links
within the document between topics remain functional, and any index entries
inserted into the Word doc as XE fields are automatically added to the index
of the CHM file. A header file is provided which assigns a context ID to
each page, so it is simple to open individual pages as Help topics for forms
& controls in VB or VBA applications.
• MultiLinker converts Word documents to HTML format, with options for
stripping roundtrip information from the HTML file to make it smaller. When
converting, links between documents within a set are updated so that they
point to the converted HTML file.
• MultiLinker operates in batch mode, able to perform any or all of its
tasks on some or all of the files in a folder (including recursively being
able to check all the files in a folder hierarchy). Inserting Hyperlinks:
Suppose you have a technical document, with lots of defined terms and
abbreviations, and you want to make it easier for the reader to look them
up. MultiLinker allows you to mark the defined terms, and then will search
through the document for each term, and convert each example of it into a
whose destination is the point you have marked. MultiLinker can also
automate the process of adding links between documents, so that you can have
a set or related documents all linked together.
SnagIt Screen Capture and Sharing
All the screen capture and editing functionality
you’ll ever need, in one simple and powerful program
Is my choice for Image Capture for documentation and
webpage construction. SnagIt is a utility program
that I would not be without. Not only does it make
my job easier, it allows me to do a better job!
Click the image above or go to the
website to learn more, and to download a working demo
version. While you are there, take a look a
Camtasia Studio Presentation.
Using SnagIt, you can select and capture anything on your
screen, then easily add text, arrows, or effects, and save the
capture to a file or share it immediately by e-mail or IM.
Capture and share an article, image, or Web page directly from
your screen. Or, capture and share any part of any application
that runs on your PC. The version that I am using is
Snagit 9, and frequent updates that add new features are
terrific, and free! I've never seen a bug, so these
updates, AFAIK, address making the product better, not fixing
What You Can Do With SnagIt
Share Exactly What You See on Your Screen
Combining images with text is a much more powerful way to
communicate than using text alone. This is why SnagIt captures
are such an effective way to get your point across. Capture
exactly what you see on your screen – an image, an article, or
part of a Web page. Then, email it right from SnagIt to a
colleague, technical support, or even your best friend.
Give Your Presentations More Visual Impact
With SnagIt, you can easily add company logos or other
branding elements to your PowerPoint presentations to give them
a custom, professional look. You can even add short video
clips of onscreen activity to training presentations.
Instruct Others With Quick "How-To" Illustrations
Using SnagIt, you can capture any button, menu, icon, window,
or other part of any application that can run on your PC. Then,
use arrows, captions, stamps, cursors or text callouts to
illustrate the steps you want the reader to follow or concepts
you want them to grasp.
Capture and Edit
With SnagIt, capturing anything on your screen is a few
simple clicks away. At the same time, SnagIt is powerful enough
to handle all of your custom capture needs.
Edit and Add Effects
With SnagIt’s powerful Editor at your fingertips, there’s no
need to open another application to add the finishing touches to
MZ-Tools allows you to write code, find code, design your forms, document
your applications, and review their quality much faster than you do
it today. It saves you time every time you use it.
It is an add-in to the several Microsoft programming environments such as
Visual Studio 2008, Visual Studio 2005, Visual Studio .NET (VB.NET, C#,
Visual J# and C++ languages), VB6, VB5 and VBA. Click the image for
This is a product that I use and recommend.
Make your own icons for
Microsoft Windows Vista™ supports 256x256 PNG compressed
Make your own icons for Windows Vista™ today with
Create Image Strips for
Axialis IconWorkshop™ is the only icon editor to permit
creation and edition of Image Strips for toolbars. If
you're a developer, don't struggle with wide bitmaps
anymore. Open them in IconWorkshop and edit each icon
Create icons in seconds with
This exclusive feature makes you a professional icon
designer. Just by using mouse drag & drops, create
hi-quality icons by assembling ready-to-use objects.
Compatible with industry
Use plug-ins for Adobe®
to transfer images directly into IconWorkshop™
and make your icon in a few clicks.
Create icons for Windows® and
Axialis IconWorkshop™ permits creating icons for Windows®
and Macintosh® (up to 512x512 for Leopard). It features
instant conversions and supports MacBinary file format for
IconWorkshop is the icon editor that I use and recommend.
B & B
Electronics Manufacturing Company sells hundreds
of serial communications products. These range from short-range modems and
serial converters, to cables, adapters, and debugging aids. See their online
catalog for a complete list.
European inquiries should be directed to
R. E. Smith manufactures a line of RS-232 to RS-485 converters, serial
repeaters, and designs custom serial hardware. If you have a special
problem, some of their adapters may provide the solution.
Technology, Inc. sells a variety of serial
communications products, including short-range modems, serial converters and
adapters, fiber optic products, and test equipment.
Electronics Co. provides CSU/DSUs, fiber modems, print servers, hubs,
transceivers, interface converters, short range modems, data line surge
protectors, test equipment, serial adapters, and more.