You'd think someone would have written a decent, generic .NET About Box by now. Well, if it's out there, I couldn't find it! The About Box isn't an essential part of any application, but my research (and practical experience) indicates it has two key uses:
It's convenient to have an About Box-- but to continue with the dogtag analaogy, if you're whipping out dogtags on a regular basis, that's symptomatic of a deeper problem. The About Box is not meant to be used every day, but when you need it, it can be a lifesaver. It's OK to be used infrequently, but it also needs to provide decent diagnostic info. Decorative About Boxes are not helpful.
In order to meet both user and developer needs, I put together a tiered dialog, with simple mode, for users:
and complex mode, for developers:
Most of the identity of your application can be derived from those tricky little AssemblyInfo files:
<Assembly: AssemblyTitle("About Box Demo")> <Assembly: AssemblyDescription("Demonstration of AboutBox.vb code")> <Assembly: AssemblyCompany("Atwood Heavy Industries")> <Assembly: AssemblyProduct("Demo code")> <Assembly: AssemblyCopyright(" 2004, Atwood Heavy Industries")> <Assembly: AssemblyTrademark("All Rights Reserved")>
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