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  • Blog Post: Potential additions to the Math class [Katy King]

    In preparation for the next version of the product, we've collected suggestions for additions to the Math class and related classes. To give you an idea of the kinds of things people ask us for, here are a list of some of the requests we've received. We’re curious to know which of these (if any) seem...
  • Blog Post: Writing a Useful Windows Service in .NET in Five Minutes [Dave Fetterman]

    When opening up a new project in Visual Studio, one finds many, many options for deploying your new killer app: Windows Applications, Console Applications, and Web Services are all popular choices. Even when creating a simple daemon-type process, however, the Windows Service option is likely overlooked...
  • Blog Post: Fixing bugs with compatibility in mind - an IO experience [Lakshan Fernando]

    The current focus on the team is bug-fixing, but every so often we get a bug that may cause compatibility issues if we fix it. I thought I would share one such recent scenario where, because the gain doesn’t seem significant enough, we’re currently choosing to stick with the V1.1 behavior. Note that...
  • Blog Post: The SLAR on System.Convert [Brad Abrams]

    It is been a while sense I posted in the series sharing some of the information in the .NET Framework Standard Library Annotated Reference Vol 1 . Given today is BCL blog day, I thought I would kick it off by adding a couple of annotations from the System.Convert class. Enjoy! Brad Abrams : Early in...
  • Blog Post: How to Work Around Problems Serializing DateTime in XML [Anthony Moore]

    I wrote a while ago about problems with the way DateTime worked with features like DataSet, XML Serialization (WebServices) and XmlConvert. Basically, DateTime is always treated as a local time by these XML-based systems, which means that you get incorrect results if you use UTC or whole dates with them...
  • Blog Post: ResourceManager Video Presentation [Brian Grunkemeyer]

    Ahmed & I did a video presentation on System.Resources and how to use the ResourceManager for loading localized strings (and images, etc) in a globalized application. If you're new to using the ResourceManager, this should be a good high-level overview of why and how to use the ResourceManager, what...
  • Blog Post: Extra! Extra! Generics CLS-compliant in Whidbey! [Peter Drayton]

    As you may have already heard, the November CTP of Visual Studio 2005 Standard Edition was posted for MSDN subscribers earlier this month. CTPs are unsupported, pre-release software - and also a great way to get an early look at what's coming down the pike in the next full beta (Beta 2 in this case)...
  • Blog Post: KeyValuePair vs. DictionaryEntry [Krzysztof Cwalina]

    We discussed a problem with implementation of IEnumerable on Dictionary<K,V>. What type should IEnumerable.GetEnumerator().Current return? KeyValuePair<K,V> or DictionaryEntry? Same for ICollection.CopyTo. Instances of what type should be copied to the array? We decided the following: IEnumerable...
  • Blog Post: Notes from a design meeting [Kit George]

    All, we're going to start publishing topics from our design meeting notes. Feel free to send general feedback on the item,or to me directly ( kitg@microsoft.com ). Here's a kick off on Collections: TrimToSize on collections . The basic issue here was whether always trimming on collections was the best...
  • Blog Post: New BCL features in Beta1

    [Ahmed AbouTaleb] Here is a list of all the new BCL features that shipped in Visual studio 2005 Beta1 Regular Expressions We added the ability to use character class subtraction to regular expressions. The specification is publicly available here . Compression Support We have added...
  • Blog Post: Why Not Add a New DateTime Date Type in Whidbey?

    [Anthony Moore] Thanks very much to those who have posted feedback on this issue: http://weblogs.asp.net/bclteam/archive/2004/05/21/136918.aspx This reply to the feedback got quite lengthy, so I started a new entry on it. >> "You COULD have seen and SHOULD have seen this" We would...
  • Blog Post: DateTime FAQ Entries

    I have recently created some new DateTime FAQ entries to address some questions people have about using DateTime on blogs. Our web site is in transition, so I'm posting some of these into the blog. However, they will eventually be rolled into the DateTime FAQ on the BCL web site. Why is DateTime not...
  • Blog Post: A query about providing more managed solutions [Kit George]

    In a post to the BCL Website question page, nfactorial inquired if there is a timeline by which the BCL (and the .NET Framework in general) intends to have full support for unmanaged APIs? Nfactorial, we plan ot continue to expand the framework to have more and more managed solutions, and Longhorn...
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