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Design Guidelines, Managed code and the .NET Framework

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    A couple Framework Design Tools...

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    Good tools are essential to good engineering... Recently I ran across a couple of good tools that will help with Framework design and implementation. NDepends - is a tool that allows you to analyze your source code in order to get a grip on what is really...
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    Framework Design Guidelines: the System.* namespace

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    Today we have a guest post from Kit George who is the keeper of much of our internal Framework Design Guidelines.  This is the stuff that Krys and I based a the book on.  I asked Kit to post this internal information so you can get a feeling...
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    VB6 Applications just got a bit cooler!

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    A while back I talked about Bringing new life to your VB6 apps with the Interop Forms Toolkit and now they have shipped Version 2.0... If you have a VB6 app and you are looking to take incremental advantage of .NET, you should check this out. Here is...
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    Framework Design Guidelines: LINQ Support

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    Continuing in our weekly blog post series that highlights a few of the new additions to the Framework Design Guidelines 2 nd edition .. This content is found in the LINQ section of Chapter 9: Common Design Patterns. Supporting LINQ through IEnumerable<T>...
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    Framework Design Guidelines: An appeal for consistency

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    Continuing in our weekly blog post series that highlights a few of the new additions to the Framework Design Guidelines 2 nd edition .. This content is found in the Names of Classes, Structs, and Interfaces section of Chapter 3: Naming Guidelines. Even...
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    Some help downloading Visual Studio 2008 Beta2...

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    OK, so as many of you have noticed, Visual Studio 2008 Beta2 is big (about 3GB for the ISO image). So this is the perfect sort of release to try out the new Microsoft Secure Content Downloader which is a technical preview from the folks at Microsoft research...
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    Framework Design Guidelines Video from PDC2008 Talk Posted

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    The great folks that work tirelessly behind the scenes here at the PDC have already gotten the Framework Design Guidelines Video posted . http://channel9.msdn.com/pdc2008/PC58/ Enjoy!
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    10 Years of Framework Design Guidelines (video)

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    Krzysztof Cwalina and I had a chance to sit down and chat with informIT just before the PDC to talk about how the design guidelines have evolved over the last 10 years.    The latest version of the guidelines have just been published as...
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    Building Consensus

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    One of the core skills of a Program Manager is to build consensus. Microsoft (like many knowledge-worker driven IT companies) is not a top-down organization. For the most part, projects, ideas, directions are taken on through a consensus building exercise...
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    What is .NET RIA Services?

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    Yesterday at Mix we announced .NET RIA Services… We are very early in the development cycle for .NET RIA Services and we are eager to get your feedback and thoughts. The marketing blurb catches the key points: Microsoft .NET RIA Services simplifies...
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    The Admiral’s Pipe

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    I was recently reminded of a story one of our development managers told me. Before he started his career in software he was a sailor aboard a Russian sub. Inspections by the admiral were a regular occurrence and involved a huge investment of time to clean...
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    Resource management

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    [Copy of orginal message found on the Develop archives: Resource management ] Date: Fri, 6 Oct 2000 08:22:59 -0700 Reply-To: dotnet discussion <DOTNET@DISCUSS.DEVELOP.COM> Sender: dotnet discussion <DOTNET@DISCUSS.DEVELOP.COM> From: Brian...
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    Brian Harry on the CLR

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    I just noticed that the ServerSide has a good interview with Brian Harry who was a founding member of the CLR team. He has some good thoughts on the history of the CLR and our core value adds… and Oh, yea, he talks about Team System as well ;-) Brian...
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    My DotNet Rocks! show posted

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    Joel and I had a great time on this show … a few highlights to get you to listen to the whole thing ;-) Lots more jewel’s in the show… A lot of talk about GC, only for you “Core Geeks…” History around the dispose pattern (on BHarry’s post...
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    Patrick Dussud on CLR history

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    Patrick , one of the founding members of the CLR team, starts a blog by posting a brief bit about this history of the CLR. I dug up a few other bits of CLR history… Enjoy! History Of Csharp Brian Harry on the CLR My DotNet Rocks! show posted Resource...
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    What is managed code?

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    Recently I have been working on pulling together some background information and I thought I'd share it here. I certainly don't claim any of this is news, but at least google will help me find it next time I need it ;-) What is managed code? Managed...
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    Accessing the ASP.NET Authentication, Profile and Role Service in Silverlight

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    In ASP.NET 2.0, we introduced a very powerful set of application services in ASP.NET ( Membership , Roles and profile ).  In 3.5 we created a client library for accessing them from Ajax and .NET Clients and exposed them via WCF web services.   ...
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    Where to download WinDiff.exe?

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    I needed WinDiff.exe recently on my laptop where I am dogfooding VS Express… So I needed to download it. In case anyone else needs it, WinDiff and some other cool tools are available here: Windows XP Service Pack 2 Support Tools
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    volatile and MemoryBarrier()...

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    One thing I love about my job is that I learn something new all the time. Today I got a little bit smarter about volatile . One of the devs on the Indigo team was asking about the double check locking pattern. Today the Design Guidelines doc says: ...
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    Search autocomplete with ASP.NET AJAX Extensions

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    I am working on a rich content app for one of my talks at TechEd Europe and I thought it would be a good idea to implement a search box with an autocomplete of the past search quires. The intuition here is that the changes are someone else has searched...
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    Introducing the .NET Framework Standard Library Annotated Reference Vol1

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    I am very happy to have this book done! Ever since I started working on the CLR, almost 6 years ago, I have wanted SOMEONE to do a book like this. In a past life when I did Java development, I really liked Chan (et al)’s The Java Class Libraries...
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    Switch on strings in C#

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    One of the developers on the team recently asked about how switch on string really works… I thought I’d share that discussion with you. what kind of comparison is done if the user writes code like this: string firstname = “Daniel”; string...
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    Business Apps Example for Silverlight 3 RTM and .NET RIA Services July Update Summary

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    *** Notice: I will be updating these over the next few weeks for Silverlight 4 beta, RIA Services beta and VS2010 *** You can also use the full index of these posts . This series on updating my Mix09 talk to current bits has sort of taken on a life...
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    My Last Day at Microsoft

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    Wow – I can’t believe it has already been 13 years at Microsoft.  I have had a great time here and learned so much from the smart and passionate people I work with as well as the incredible developer community around .NET.  But I have decided...
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    Uninstalling the Clickonce Support for Firefox

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    A couple of years ago we heard clear feedback from folks that they wanted to enable a very clean experience with launching a ClickOnce app from FireFox. James Dobson published FFClickOnce and got very good reviews, but we had many customers that wanted...
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