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More articles by Rod Stephens

Author Bio
Rod Stephens is a consultant and author who has written more than a dozen books and two hundred magazine articles, mostly about Visual Basic. During his career he has worked on an eclectic assortment of applications for repair dispatch, fuel tax tracking, professional football training, wastewater treatment, geographic mapping, and ticket sales. His VB Helper web site receives more than 7 million hits per month and provides three newsletters and thousands of tips, tricks, and examples for Visual Basic programmers.
For Enterprise Zone | July 14, 2010
This chapter appeals to intermediate level developers and managers who know the basics but haven't mastered LINQ's oddities.
For .NET Zone | June 23, 2010
Learn how to add sophisticated area effects to your images such as blurring, embossing, and drop shadows in C# or Visual Basic.
For .NET Zone | June 8, 2010
This chapter provides an overview of some of the most important system namespaces and gives more detailed examples that demonstrate regular expressions, XML, cryptography, reflection, threading, parallel programming, and Direct3D.
For Web Development Zone | April 30, 2010
Many image processing techniques are simpler than you might expect and can be implemented easily in C# or Visual Basic.
For Enterprise Zone | March 31, 2010
The second part of this two-part article explains how you can use advanced math -- polynomial least squares -- to analyze your company's data.
For Enterprise Zone | March 11, 2010
The first part of this two-part article explains how you can use advanced math -- linear least squares -- to find the line that best fits your diverse business data.
For Enterprise Zone | February 25, 2010
The dependencies among a project's tasks gives you a partial ordering of those tasks. In this article, learn how to extend that to a complete ordering so you can decide what to do first, what to do next, and how long the whole project will take.
For Enterprise Zone | January 13, 2010
In this article, learn how to use phonetic algorithms such as soundex to make looking up names faster, easier, and more reliable.
For DevX | December 10, 2009
Edit distance algorithms tell you how different two strings are from each other. That lets you see the differences between different versions of a string or file, or add differencing tools to your applications.
For .NET Zone | November 20, 2009
WPF data templates let you determine the pieces a repetitive control uses to display its items. Learn some unique and interesting ways to use data templates for displaying the items in ListBoxes, ComboBoxes, and ListViews.
For DevX | October 6, 2009
WPF's properties and styles let you change a control's appearance. Templates let you modify a control at a much more fundamental level, changing the components that make up the control and the way it acts. This article shows how you can use templates to change the fundamental structure of WPF controls.
For .NET Zone | August 18, 2009
WPF's transformations make it easy to move, scale, or rotate objects, and simplify building complex moveable 3D shapes.
For .NET Zone | August 10, 2009
To build realism into 3D scenes, you need to draw with the appropriate materials—and transformations help make the drawing process much simpler.
For .NET Zone | July 28, 2009
WPF makes drawing three-dimensional scenes quick and easy.
For .NET Zone | April 29, 2009
Among many other changes, WPF brings a completely new set of controls. Learn which controls do what and pick up a few tips on getting the most out of them in your WPF applications.
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