Visual Studio Startup Kits

Has anyone seen the Microsoft Startup Kits yet?

If you’re like me, and have been playing around with Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2 (and why haven’t you if you not?), Microsoft has collected a number prewritten code samples for the tool. You can see a description of them here:

They have kits for Card Games, Shareware (with product activation and registration, links to PayPal, etc.), Web Log Analyzer, Time Tracker, Personal and Club Websites, all really neat sounding. I’ve taken a look at the Card Game and Club Website kits, and generally like what I’ve seen.

I do have to ask, however, regarding the Card Game kit: Why hasn’t anyone created a Playing Card object for VB.NET? Various ISVs created Playing Card objects for previous versions of VB, and they made writing card games a piece of cake (almost). The Card Game Startup Kit includes all sorts of wonderful object oriented code, and the end result obviously IS a card game, but it doesn’t have an installable Card object that you can plunk into the Toolbox. THAT would be a wonderful thing to give away, and if no one steps up to the plate, I might just have to do this myself.

@ Friday, August 05, 2005 6:23 AM

I’ve been thinking the very same thing! One of us has to do it. You’re on vacation so you go first. 🙂


@ Saturday, August 06, 2005 3:52 AM

Tell you what, let’s start simple. Remember the LED / LightBar objects? How would we turn them into installable tools?



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After 17 years as a PC Software Engineer I gave it all up in 2000 to become a High School Computer Teacher
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