Darren Jefford

Solution Architect, Microsoft Consulting Services, Microsoft UK

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    Who?

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    Who is Darren Jefford you might ask, well that's a good question :-) I work as an Application Development Consultant within the Premier Support for Developers team at Microsoft UK, We work closely with our customers and partners to ensure they...
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    Developer Tools Roadmap

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    Microsoft have just released the Visual Studio Roadmap details covering Whidbey and Orcas, you can find the article here VB seems to be getting lots of fluffy features in Whidbey, Syntax/Semantic checking akin to the Word spell checker, and Edit...
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    Side by Side

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    I've been looking into a tricky requirement today... Two applications have been developed over time using a number of COM components that were initially shared, however over time breaking changes to these COM components have been made in isolation...
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    Back blogging

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    Been really busy recently, but never fear I'm back blogging again...
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    Going to be a father again...

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    Looks like Lucy is going to have a baby brother or sister soon!  God it's going to be mad with two young children!!, Even less time to read this stack of really interesting books I've got on my bookshelf!! :-)
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    Microsoft Virtual PC and Virtual Server

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    Information on Microsoft's "Virtual Machine" technology seems to be appearing now, we've got some builds internally and they look really good. The ability to base a new VM on another and only store the changes is really good, saves loads of disk...
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    Off to the PDC

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    Looking forward to the PDC already, lots of interesting stuff will be unveiled for the first time - Longhorn, Yukon, Web Services Roadmap, etc.  Even more new stuff to learn :-) Tracks and Agendas available here: http://msdn.microsoft.com...
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    Getting the paths for "Special Folders"

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    I've been cutting some code today (for once!) and I needed to find out the location of the users "My Documents" folder.  A bit of a dig and I stumbed across System.Envrionment.SpecialFolder.Personal, I'd never come across this before (probably...
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    PDC Bloggers

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    Check out http://www.pdcbloggers.com ,  Should be an interesting resource for those not going to the PDC, and for those sessions you don't make!
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    Unicode and Character Sets

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    Fascinating, and very well written.  Well worth a read :-) The Absolute Minimum Every Software Developer Absolutely, Positively Must Know About Unicode and Character Sets (No Excuses!) http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles...
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    ASP to ASP.NET Migration Assistant

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    I've had a play with this ASP to ASP.NET migration assistant and it does exactly what it says on the tin and seems to do a fairly good job on the pages I've run through it.  It looks, feels and outputs like the VB to VB.NET migration stuff. ...
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    PAG Logging Application Block based on EIF

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    A new PAG Application Block is about to be released, which is built on and extends the Enterprise Instrumentation Framework (EIF) It will provide some new EIF event sinks for MSMQ, SQL, etc. and even deliver support for Request Tracing across Web...
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    PDC Sessions

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    The PDC site doesn't have a great search tool for looking at the sessions, and if you want to print out all the sessions to plan what to attend you'll have to print ~21 individual pages which is awkward. But the nice guys organising the PDC have...
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    PDC Fever

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    In the last few weeks the lid has opened slightly internally on all things Longhorn, Indigo, Whidbey, etc. Avalon is amazing, I can't wait to see what the demos and sessions are like and hopefully they'll really show what it can do, and the...
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    If your flying to the PDC from Heathrow on Friday..

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    Leave Early! http://www.prnewswire.co.uk/cgi/news/release?id=110427 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/3191794.stm
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