May, 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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    Going, going....

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    Well, there's still a ton of people here at the San Diego Convention Center even though it's down to the last session slot of TechEd 2004. It's a little sad though. Weeks like this are great with tons of learning and great interaction. You hate to...
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    Winding down...

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    Last night's TechEd SeaWorld event was great. We saw the Shamu show first and it was great. Amazing stuff. Then we went to the dolphin show and it was even better. Laughed so hard it hurt. Lots of great TechEd sessions this week. Customers applauded...
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    The Feature Cook-off turned out some great features

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    First, the background: The Feature Cook-off was Wed at 8:30AM. Tue morning I was in a panic because I couldn't find some critical information in order to use the Whidbey Manaed Package Framework's Language Service. The wireless (& wired) network...
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    Ballmer's Keynote Address

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    Steve Ballmer is speaking now... There's a bunch of stuff he's saying about VSIP and integrating into Visual Studio. He mentioned 3 new partners during the keynote. He also plugged extensibility features of Visual Studio. And during the part about...
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    Accessing IServiceProvider with the Whidbey Managed Package Framework

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    In the Whidbey Managed Package Framework in VSIP there's a few different base classes that hold an IServiceProvider interface pointer. This is usually stuffed into a ServiceProvider class and exposed via a protected GetService method on the class. ...
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    Another long drive

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    I left Redmond, WA on Friday night with my family. Traveled for about 5.5 hours. Stayed in Salem, OR overnight and got back on the road at 6:30 AM. Arrived Paso Robles, CA around 8:00 PM. Traveled for about 13.5 hours. This morning I'm leaving for...
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    Heading to San Diego

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    I'm heading out tonight to OR, CA on Sat, and finally San Diego on Sun. If you're going to Tech Ed 2004, please drop by the VSIP booth in the pavillion and say hello.
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    What would you like to see?

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    At TechEd, some of the Extensibility team members will be holding a Cabana session where we will present a menu of possible tools for VS (Add-ins, macros, VSIP packages, etc.) and the audience will be given the choice of what tools should be built during...
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    VS Core BIO's

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    Check out some of the team members in Visual Studio along with my BIO here .
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