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Catherine Heller, Technical Evangelist

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    How to embed a manifest in an assembly: let me count the ways...

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    With our current developer tools, there's no immediately obvious way to embed a manifest in a managed executable. There are actually a number of ways to do this, and it's really not that hard. I found the hard part was putting together all the pieces...
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    Windows Live ID Web Authentication and the ASP.NET Development Server

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    Windows Live ID Web Authentication By now, I hope you've heard about the recent release of Windows Live ID Web Authentication. If you haven't, here are some links you should check out: dev.live.com , the place for all things developer-related...
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    Searching for Windows Vista Search?

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    A number of people have been asking about Windows Vista search and how to programmatically query the search engine. There's not a lot of documentation available yet (and this will obviously change as we near the release of Windows Vista). So in the meantime...
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    Windows Vista Search Syntax: WHERE are my predicates?

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    In my last post , I gave a quick overview of the query syntax for the OLE DB Provider for Windows Search that ships in Windows Vista. In this post, I'll go over some of the details of the predicates that can be used in the WHERE clause. Just a quick disclaimer...
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    Silverlight Streaming: new iframe-based invocation mechanism

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    With a recent update to the Silverlight Streaming service, it's now even easier to instantiate a hosted app on a web page: all you need is a single iframe element whose source attribute refers to a server-side invocation URL. You can now write something...
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    Advanced Query Syntax: What, Where, Why, and How

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    What is Advanced Query Syntax and where is it used? Advanced Query Syntax (AQS) is a syntax that enables end-users to define targeted search queries, and is supported in a number of Microsoft products (for example: Windows Vista, Outlook 2007, and Windows...
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    Tips & Tricks for Going Native on Windows Vista

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    I’m presenting a session at TechEd Boston next Friday, titled Windows Vista: Tips & Tricks for Targeting Key Native APIs from Managed Code . The goal of the session is to share lessons learned on how to use a handful of specific Windows Vista native...
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    Windows Vista Search: Syntax Update

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    I recently learned some new things about the Search APIs in Windows Vista, including some great improvements in the SQL syntax for the OLE DB Provider for Windows Search. (Thank you Chris McConnell - Architect on the Search team - for driving these changes...
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    Windows Desktop Search 3.0 Released

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    Windows Desktop Search (WDS) 3.0 has been released to the web. You can download it from one of the following links (depending on your OS version): Windows Desktop Search 3.0 RTW for Windows XP (KB917013) Windows Desktop Search 3.0 RTW for Windows XP x64...
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    Quick Tip: Manifests AND VC++ Projects

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    In a recent post, I listed a number of methods for embedding manifests in managed assemblies. As I mention in that post , my preferred option is to call the mt.exe tool during a custom post-build step. But I recently found that this doesn't work so well...
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    New UAC whitepaper released

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    The UAC team just released a new whitepaper last week, with their latest guidance for developers on how to design UAC-compliant applications. Windows Vista Application Development Requirements for User Account Control Compatibility 91 pages packed...
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    Using ISearchQueryHelper from managed code

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    ISearchQueryHelper is a COM interface that can be used to convert from Advanced Query Syntax (AQS) to a SQL query that can be passed to the OLE DB Provider for Windows Search. (For background, see my previous post: Advanced Query Syntax: What, Where,...
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    Windows Live Platform tidbits from last week

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    I was out of the office last week on vacation (check out our awesome seaplane ride to Victoria !), and a number of things were released that I want to be sure and call out. New release of the Windows Live Contacts control . You can read about the new...
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    UAC Distilled

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    As I mentioned in an earlier post ( New UAC Whitepaper Released ), the UAC team recently published a very detailed whitepaper that covers everything you could every want or need to know about UAC from a developer perspective. I typically begin all my...
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    The Tafiti Windows Live Quick Application on Channel9

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    Right before the holidays, I saw down with Marc Mercuri to discuss the recently released Tafiti Windows Live Quick Application and how it evolved from one of Marc’s recent incubation projects. The interview just went live this morning on Channel9 ; you...
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    Windows Live Platform @ ReMIX Boston

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    I'm really excited about participating in the upcoming ReMIX event in Boston. I'm especially fond of Boston, as I lived there during most of the '80s. (I first moved there to attend New England Conservatory as a violin major. I ended up quitting violin...
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    I'm back, and going "Live"

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    Apologies for "going dark". I had to put everything on hold for about a month to deal with the aftermath of the big windstorm we had back on Dec. 14th (you can read about it here on my personal blog, if you're interested), and it's taken me another month...
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    TechEd EMEA 2008 Developers - Introducing the Windows Embedded track

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      This year, we're introducing a new track for embedded development technologies at TechEd EMEA. As owner of this track, I want to share some details about the track content, along with the thinking behind it. Windows Embedded Track Overview Finding...
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    Get the inside scoop on the Vista Bridge Samples

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    I'm thrilled to report that Jeff Chrisope has finally resumed blogging! Jeff is leading the development efforts for the Vista Bridge samples. What are the Vista Bridge samples? The Vista Bridge samples are a set of samples that ship with the Windows SDK...
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    Virtual Earth: New imagery released

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    Looks like I missed this announcement while I was away on my recent ReMIX Europe tour (more on that in a future post). I wanted to call it out anyway, just in case you, too, may have missed it. 11.5 terabytes of new data! Including... Lots of new 3D imagery...
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    EMEA Windows Vista Readiness Tour Content

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    I recently participated in the first three stops of an EMEA Windows Vista and IE7 Readiness tour, specifically, I presented at events in Cairo, Madrid, and Copenhagen. I then presented a somewhat extended version of the content at an ISV briefing in Reading...
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    Off to Barcelona for TechEd!

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    I'm leaving tomorrow for Spain, where I'll be presenting a couple of sessions next week at TechEd Europe in Barcelona. Yes I know, TechEd doesn't start until Monday (for the pre-conference activities), but this way I can spend the weekend in Madrid with...
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    Windows Live platform discussion on Channel9

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    Yesterday we released this Channel9 interview with Koji Kato and Danny Thorpe from the Windows Live platform team. Koji and Danny share their views on Internet software development and evolving Windows Live into a platform. This was my first time behind...
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    TechEd EMEA 2008 Developers - A guide to the Windows Embedded track sessions

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    With less than a week to go before this year's TechEd EMEA Developers conference, you may have started thinking about your schedule. So many sessions to see, so little time! Last week, I posted a complete list of the Windows Embedded track sessions (...
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    TechEd EMEA 2008 Developers - EMB201

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    I've had a number of people ask me for the deck I presented last week, at the TechEd EMEA 2008 Developers conference in Barcelona. The session was titled: Distributed Embedded Systems - The Next Big Developer Opportunity! I've uploaded it to Windows Live...
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