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    Feedback Requested: Visual Studio 2005 Tab Design

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    //Update 2 I have posted a new set of designs for this at http://blogs.msdn.com/aaronbrethorst/archive/2005/03/16/397107.aspx . Please leave feedback on there. Thanks! :) //End:Update 2 //Update Corrina, the designer I have been working with on our new...
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    Feedback Requested: Visual Studio 2005 Tab Design Iteration 2

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    I want to thank everyone for all of the terrific feedback we received on our first pair of tool window tab designs for Visual Studio 2005. As of right now, we've gotten 124 comments, which is really outstanding! I've been working with our designer, Corrina...
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    Visual Studio Setup Changes

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    If you've played with Visual Studio 2005 Beta 1, you've probably noticed a fair number of changes to the user interface of our setup application. It's become quite a bit easier to use, but we still have some changes planned for it. I was asked by Brian...
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    Feedback Requested: Visual Studio 2005's Look and Feel

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    As you may be able to discern from the contents of this weblog, I'm the Program Manager who is responsible for a lot of the overall look-and-feel of the Visual Studio product line. Specifically, I drive User Experience, Shell UI, and Accessibility across...
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    Accessibility is not a feature

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    I moderated a talk yesterday on accessibility at Microsoft. I think it went over pretty well. In any case, one of the central points I made during the talk bears repeating in a more public forum. Accessibility is not a feature. “Whoa, wait...
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    I Need Your Help

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    Let me be totally straightforward and honest: I need your help. For those of you who are just tuning in, I am the Program Manager responsible for User Experience and User Interface Consistency for Visual Studio. Visual Studio 2005 is becoming consistent...
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    A follow-up on Chad's request

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    As a follow-up to Chad Royal's request for a picture and bio of Visual Studio users, I want to conduct my own little experiment here too. If you don't use Visual Studio today, let me know. I want to know more about who you are, why you don't use Visual...
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    Visual Studio 2005: Tool Window Tabs

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    Aaaaand, I think we're all finished with the tabs for VS 2005. You won't see this design in Beta 2, but it'll certainly be present in RTM. Thanks again for all of the feedback we got on these, it really was a huge help :) We ended up not going with fins...
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    Tips on making a great-looking Windows XP app

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    I've been thinking a lot lately about some best practices in making sure applications look and feel like 'real' Windows XP apps. This is one of those areas that is, in my opinion, undervalued at times, despite the fact that it really can make a huge difference...
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    Mount St. Helens Pictures

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    Apologies about the lack of blogging over the past two months. I will get back to it soon, I've just been unfortunately swamped. Anyway, the USGS has a set of really amazing photos of Mount St. Helens from the past few days. Well worth the look. They...
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    A mobile RSS aggregator

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    I purchased a Motorola mpx200 about a month ago. This is one of the two mobile phones running the Microsoft Smartphone 2002 OS available in the United States today. It's absolutely fantastic; I think it is, without a doubt, the best cell phone I have...
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    William Gibson

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    William Gibson, of Neuromancer fame, is speaking at Microsoft today (actually, in a half-hour). I'm sitting in the front row of a lecture room waiting for his talk to begin. I was quite saddened that I forgot my copy of Pattern Recognition at home today...
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    Burritos

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    I'm sure that most of you don't care about this, especially since it has nothing to do with technology whatsoever, but I am very excited to announce that a Chipotle (!!!!!) will be opening in Seattle sometime soon. Yay! I've been missing gigantic Chipotle...
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    Another VSCore Blogger

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    I just discovered that Scott Swanson , another Program Manager on VSCore, has started blogging. Scott manages the Help experience in Whidbey: everytime you hit F1 in Visual Studio, you're seeing some of the fruits of his labor. He's a great guy, well...
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    UI Consistency: Title Bar Help Buttons

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    Have you ever noticed how Office 2003, and a wide variety of modal dialogs throughout Windows XP and Windows 2003 Server use that little question mark button in the title bar to launch their F1 help system? It's rather neat, unobtrusive, and it allows...
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    Where's the Whidbey Content?

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    Since I just started in the Visual Studio Core team in November 2003, I unfortunately haven't done that much work yet that has been released to the public. As we get closer to certain events (say, like Beta 1) I will start focusing more on Whidbey, and...
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    iTunes 4.2

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    Wow, Apple just completely redeemed themselves in my eyes with iTunes 4.2 on Windows. I've been trying to avoid reinstalling iTunes for a while now just because it makes me into a borderline psychotic to see a company that prides itself on design (Apple...
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    About Me

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    About Me: I work for Microsoft. I'm a Program Manager on the Visual Studio Core team. Specifically, I work on Core IDE functionality. Which means what? Basically, I'm responsible for ensuring cross-suite user interface consistency and accessibility...
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    Import/Export Settings in Whidbey PDC Build

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    I just ran across a blog entry from David Hunter , who has been playing around with the PDC build of Whidbey. David was trying to create a web service after reading about Indigo, but discovered that his New Project menu item had completely disappeared...
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    Web Apps, Turbo C, and the like

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    Let me tell a little story. Once upon a time (read: 2002-2003) while I was a senior in college I had to do an Advanced Project Laboratory , or, as the rest of the world refers to them, a senior design project. Somehow, I came upon the bright idea of porting...
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    Live from Tech Ed Orlando

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    Apologies for how long it's been since I last posted here. We've been working hard on Visual Studio 2005 trying to get it finished and out the door. I've also been getting my team (VSCore) ready for Tech Ed 2005 in Orlando, which is where I am at right...
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    From Zero to RTM: Pricing Guidelines for Software Developers

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    One of my favorite bloggers in the whole wide world, Eric Sink of Sourcegear and Vault fame, just published an article on MSDN about properly pricing your hot new software package. The Product Pricing Primer contains interesting points like product positioning...
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    U of Minnesota Recruiting Wrapup

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    I have been really bad about blogging in the past week because it's just been nuts for me. Unlike Scoble, blogging tends to be the first thing I cut from my daily list of activities (a double-edged sword, for sure). In any case, I imagine that I will...
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    Creating a Business Logo

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    Ian Landsman from UserScape posted an article on his weblog about the process of creating a logo for his small software company and his product. Interesting reading for anyone running a MicroISV.
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    VS 2005 Extensibility

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    Look for .NET Developers Journal 's June 2005 issue for an article by yours truly on Extensibility in Visual Studio 2005. You can also find the accompanying source code through my weblog here . I hasten to point out that all code samples are provided...
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