February, 2004

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About AllenD's Blog

Welcome to my blog.  My name is Allen Denver.  I've been with Microsoft since October 1994.  I joined at a time when Microsoft had around 12,000 employees (in 2010 we had close to 100,000).  I started in Product Support Services in Developer Support.  I supported the Base/Kernel apis in Win32 and Win16.  I joined the product group for VS 98 working on the Visual Studio Analyzer feature that shipped with the Enterprise Edition.  After that feature was discontinued I joined the VS Core team working on the VS platform and the VSIP SDK.  After shipping that for a while I decided to make a big move.

In May of 2007 I was fortunate to be offered a position in a new development office in Honolulu, Hawai'i.  The feature I worked on in Hawaii known as the Architecture Explorer and Directed Graph Documents. I moved my family to Honolulu.  This includes my lovely wife , 4 of my 5 children (my oldest daughter is married and lives with her husband in Puget Sound).  Snorkeling, eukelele, the beach were all favorite activities in those days.

Now, I'm back in Puget Sound, having finished up Visual Studio 2010 and have moved to the Profiler team.

I hope you enjoy reading my blog.  I'll continue to strive to bring fresh information about the areas I'm responsible for.

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    Renaming Interop Functions

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    In a previous post ( http://blogs.msdn.com/allend/archive/2003/10/16/56791.aspx ) I ranted about a weird behavior in generating Interop Assemblies where case changes occured in function names. Well, it turns out that the TLB is the culprit. All methods...
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    Partner Summit Next Week

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    If you are coming to the VSIP Partner Summit next week, I'll be around so please stop by and say “Hi”. Several from the VSIP team will be on hand for the dinner after the first day of sessions so take advantage of that mixer to provide...
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    Localizing your VS package resources

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    I had this question come to my inbox today: Can someone confirm how to setup your VSIP Package for multiple languages? I did a little digging and realized that the docs are vague on exactly how this works. The EnvSDK samples show you what to...
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    Getting to IServiceProvider services with VSIP Extras

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    If you have access to the underlying Package base class, it exposes a method to get services called GetService. You use it like so: IVsShell vsshell = (IVsShell) GetService(typeof(SVsShell)); vsshell can then be used to call methods it exposes...
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    Managed code and the IVsHierarchy interface in VS7.1 (Everett)

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    In the VSIP Everett Extras release (currently in beta - see http://www.vsipdev.com for more details) we've enabled managed code to more easily integrate into Visual Studio. The problem is that there are some issues with VS's treatment of the IVsHierarchy...
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    Too long away

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    Whew! It's been a long time since I posted anything. I've had my tonsils and adenoids removed. Boy was that painful. Well, I'm back in full swing now so look here for future musing on VSIP, VS, Interop and other things I find fascinating.
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