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January, 2006

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    Is Windows XP SP2 required for .NET Framework 2.0?

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    Recently a customer asked me if XP SP2 is a required preq for .NET Framework 2.0... Here is the answer we were able to get out to them... I thought you’d be interested. While the .NET Framework 2.0 may install on SP1 or XP Gold, these will not be supported...
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    A new Opportunity for me...

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    As many of you know after you ship a major release there is inevitably a re-org as the teams get in alignment to deliver on the next set of opportunities… One of the outcomes of our post- Whidbey shuffle here at Microsoft was to create a product unit...
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    Books for new managers...

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    As part of building a new team, I am spending sometime thinking about what makes a good manager... In particular, I have a couple of brave souls on my team that are taking the big step to managing people for the first time. In the process, I have...
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    PM Tip #73: The "Be More Visible" Sham

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    Update: See the full list of PM Tips . One common message PMs get from their managers is to “be more visible” (I know I have given that feedback myself) . The manager often says it this way: “Billybob, you are doing great work, getting the right...
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    Where to find ISV-style C# experience

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    I had an opportunity recently to chat briefly to Eric Hahn (of Netscape and Lookout fame) about his next interesting project… which btw, will be built in C# just like lookout. He mentioned that it was hard to find developers with world class ISV-style...
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    Framework Design Guidelines Finalist for Jolt Awards

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    I just heard that the Framework Design Guidelines is a Jolt Award finalist ... The rest of the finalist in this category are very impressive. I am honored to have the FDG be among them.. Agile Web Development with Rails by Dave Thomas et al. (Pragmatic...
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    Book Plug: Professional ASP.NET 2.0 Security, Membership, and Role Management

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    Stefan Schackow a PM on my new team recently published at great book on the applications services offered by ASP.NET 2.0. While I have only worked with Stefan for a month now it is already obvious that he knows his stuff... do doubt this is reflected...
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    A slacker review of the Framework Design Guidelines

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    http://www.dotnetslackers.com/ has a good review of the Framework Design Guidelines Book Review: Framework Design Guidelines: Conventions, Idioms, and Patterns for Reusable .NET Libraries My favorite part of the review is here: Guidelines...
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    My Top 10 Blog posts of 2005

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    Well, it is that time of year for “ Top 10 of 2005 ”. Thanks to some help from a fellow MSFT blogger I was quickly able to generate the list of the “most popular” blogs of 2005 from this site. I was not exactly sure how to measure “most popular”.... So...
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    MSDN Mag weighs in on the Framework Design Guidelines book

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    Scott Mitchell's did a review of the Framework Design Guidelines in his MSDN- ToolBox Column ... My favorite part of the review was again around the annotations... It is fun to see what folks pull out and find interesting: What I liked best about this...
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    Review for SLAR vol2

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    The . NET Framework Standard Library Annotated Reference, Volume 2 gets a well thought out review from Mike Riley on www.AspNetPro.com . Mike does a good job of highlighting what I think is the core value of the book – and why I had so much fun working...
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    The Mix fun starts: Atlas for Designers

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    I sat down with some folks from the Live Local team and the Atlas team to talk about the session at Mix06 that we are giving together. "Designing a Better User Experience with AJAX " (title is tentative). Here is our current thinking, very much...
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    The Register review of the Framework Design Guidelines

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    The Register does a review of the Framework Design Guidelines ... Other than a crack about the title of the book the review is positive. ;-) One point that I have not seen before: While the .NET focus is evident, it has to be said that the principles...
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