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    Where are you?!!??!

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    There's a memory leak here but for the life of me I can't figure out where. None of my changes look like they should have caused this but that always seems to be the case. Nothing like watching time go bye while you wish you were working on other things...
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    Run Silent, Run Deep

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    Some people have commented about the paucity of blog posts recently. It's largely due to the fact that I went on vacation, my parents came to visit me and we're now in serious crunch mode trying to shut down C# for VS2005. Most of us devs have moved into...
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    Some times you have to hurt him to save him

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    Just spent a fair amount smacking myself in the head for the following bug: //first check if it's in our cache. CGenericMemberDataPtr spSynthesizedMember; if ( ! m_memberCache.Lookup(iMember, spSynthesizedMember)) { //wasn't in the cache, have to create...
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    Did you get the memo?

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    Apperantly I didn't. I'm guessing there was some memo that went around saying something similar: Hey, heads up, fyi, attention, achtung: Labor day (contrary to its name) is not a day of labor, but is in fact a day of vacation. Enjoy yourselves and don...
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    More thoughts on error tolerance.

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    I've posted before about error tolerance and how I consider that a very important part of VC#. This time I want to talk about some of the difficulties that arise when you go down that route. I'm going to start with a bug we recently discovered and how...
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    Matchmaker

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    God I love Persion weddings. Great food, great dancing, great fun. Of course, this was no ordinary wedding. This was a Korean/Persian wedding. We sprinkled sugar on the pair, they pummeled them with dates and chestnuts. There was much rejoicing with wine...
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    Ow ow ow ow!!!

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    I awake renewed Attack of the vicious wasps I am joe merrick
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    Ambiguities

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    I spent a few hours yesterday working on a rather interesting problem that we've never really dealt with in the IDE. As you might expect VC# works like a pretty standard compiler. There is a lexical tokenizer which takes the raw input source and produces...
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    Nags Head

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    It's been a great week in North Carolina and a much needed vacation. I'll be coming back to work to try and get through this backlog of work and to hopefully get this stuff out of our hands and into yours ASAP. What's on the menu for this evening? Fettucini...
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    The Alien Quadrilogy

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    It was my birthday this weekend and I celebrated by watching the entire Aliens saga . (Ok, it wasn't really my birthday, but that's no reason not to give yourself a gift every now and then). I have to say, I was even more impressed with this series than...
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    Murphy's law

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    Well, I'm pretty sure all of Seattle hates me right now. I woke up yesterday and decided it would be a good idea to get to all the cleaning I've been meaning to do. My roommate's internship just finished and I figured now was a good time to get everything...
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    Olympic Bliss

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    I have figured out the best way to get my olympics fill for the day. I go to the gym with some friends and we turn on a different channel on each TV each of which is showing some olympic sport. NBC, MSNBC, Bravo and even CBC (god bless you kooky canadians...
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    Useful C# tools

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    If you're a reader of this blog than you probably know about this already. But who really knows and just in case you don't, here's a link to Duncan Mackenzie 's great page of C# tools . You'll find links to all sorts of .Net libraries, compilers for your...
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    (far) Cry ‘havoc!’ and let slip the dogs of war

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    (far) Cry ‘havoc!’ and let slip the dogs of war A friend let me borrow his copy of Far Cry after telling me what an amazing game it was. Well, I loaded it up on my little HTPC and attempted to play it. All I can say is “Ack!” My machine is certainly not...
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    What would you do for a klondike bar?

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    Would you get goggles permanently affixed to your eyes? Well, if your Klondike bar is an olympic gold medal, then you just might. All it takes is a little superglue and you have aerodynamic (or is that hydrodynamic) visual assists that can shave off a...
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    How are you watching the 'Pics?

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    The olympics that is. This weekend has been a pretty solid block of watching on all the channels that carry it for me. Unfortunately, i was not consulted about the schedule and it appears as though there are going to be games broadcast while I'm at work...
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    Name that tune!

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    I'm watching the opening of the olympics, and besides being wowed by the beauty of the opening ceremony I've also been bouncing in my seat because of the great techno beats being played during the procession of nations. 2 points to the one who can point...
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    It's not fair!!

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    I'm on the C# team, but Eric is going to be coding C# for work before I get to!! Not only that, but he'll be getting to work on Longhorn features. <british>bastahd!</british> It's also pretty cool that he started out as QA (hard), then went...
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    I hate unchecked exceptions

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    Well, actually, I don't hate them at; i just hate not having any tools to tell me what exceptions could get thrown on the calls I make. Of course I realize how that might not be possible to compute given that you really don't know what could happen with...
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    Informational observations

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    There are some messages that the C# compiler could give that really wouldn't fall into the warning or error camp. These would fall into the category of more informational, like "hey did you know that..." and would refer to issues that you could choose...
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    A simple security guy

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    Went to an excellent all-afternoon security review workshop held by Michael Howard . He's the author of Writing Secure Code which certainly was an eye-opener for me. While I was already pretty aware of most of the coding issues raised in the book, many...
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    Writing your own Web Browser that supports tabs and an integrated search engine link

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    While there are many browsers out there that do this already like the superb Firefox and My-IE I wanted to link to a really cool article by John Kennedy (unfortunate name I know) on how to build your own version based on top of the IE rendering component...
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    Now where did I put that member?

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    Got this Ladybug report from a customer concerned that intellisense was broken because he wasn't seeing all the valid members in a drop down list when he did this: public void DoSomethingOfRelevance() { PrintPreviewDialog ppDialog; ppDialog<dot>...
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    SuperXPSP2TurboUltraRevivalAlphaEx3

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    Spent friday afternoon slipstreaming XP SP2 and then installing it. It was incredibly painless and the install was the same ~45 minutes that I'm used to from an XP installation. Initial thoughts are quite positive. I really liked how after the install...
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    Things that get me peeved

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    Driving to work see a great parking spot get halfway through the turn spot the miata nestled in there laughing at me grrrrrrr... It's the top floor of the garage for me today.
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