Darren Jefford

Solution Architect, Microsoft Consulting Services, Microsoft UK

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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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    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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    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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    System.Web.Mail and Authentication

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    A question came up recently on how to send email from .NET, System.Web.Mail offers a nice MailMessage and SmtpMail class that does the trick. The classes are a wrapper over the CDOSYS functionality that's been around for a bit, and are much nicer...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Call Dispose on your ServicedComponent's (please)

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    My last blog entry pointed at a Enterprise Services FAQ which mentions that you should call .Dispose on your ServicedComponent proxies. Now this "recommendation" isn't documented very well, hence most people don't do it and you won't hit problems...
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    Enterprise Services FAQ

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    Mike just pointed me at this superb Enterprise Services FAQ, it's a really good collection of some of the common problems people hit.
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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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    Back blogging

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    Been really busy recently, but never fear I'm back blogging again...
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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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    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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    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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