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  • Blog Post: It's been such a long time...

    Time sure moves fast when you're working on cool stuff. Since my last post (over six years ago?!), I have had the privilege of working on some amaing products (ex: Kinect for Xbox 360, Xbox One). With the availability of the Kinect for Windows v2 preview, I am going to resume posting fairly regularly...
  • Blog Post: Moving on...

    If any of you read Gamerscoreblog , you may have noticed a suspicious resemblance between the photo of the zombie and the one that graces this site's News section...  Let me quell any rumors by saying that it is indeed true that the zombie and I are, in fact, one and the same.  Earlier this...
  • Blog Post: About page finally has content

    I realized, this morning, that this weblog has been active for over three years and still has an empty About page... That's a bit too long, so today, I have rectified the omission. Click here to learn a little more about who's been filling this site with content. Sorry it took so long to get this posted...
  • Blog Post: Steve Lasker details how to configure Visual Studio 2005 for SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition

    While I am not (yet) much of an expert on databases, I was excited to see Steve Lasker post instructions on how to configure Visual Studio 2005 to use SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition . The following quote, from his post, is bound to make many developer's day. For me, it's today's quote-of-the-day. :...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Search v2 for Windows Mobile

    I was just reading through my backlog of weblog subscriptions and happened upon Loke Uei 's post about the release of Windows Live Search v2 for Windows Mobile . If you were at MEDC 2007 , you may have seen me show Windows Live Search v1 on my Windows Mobile device (sorry for the poor projection during...
  • Blog Post: Windows Mobile Security Primer

    It's really cool what you can find by browsing blogs.msdn.com ... Today, I found Reed Robison's (of Reed and Steve fame) post on Windows Mobile Security . If you have ever written an application for Windows Mobile or are considering doing so, I highly recommend giving his post a read. He provides...
  • Blog Post: Scott Holden on MIX, MEDC and Silverlight

    Yesterday, Scott wrote about attending the MIX and MEDC conferences in Las Vegas . I would like to echo his comment about how great it was to get to demonstrate the cool new features coming in .NET Compact Framework v3.5 and getting to meet and talk to our customers and partners. The response to our...
  • Blog Post: I may not be the David you are looking for

    In recent months, I have received a number of requests for permission to publish excerpts from my book. I would love to grant this permission, however, to date, I have not published a book (this weblog is my sole publication). To all who are looking for David Kline, the author, I recommend contacting...
  • Blog Post: What is late binding?

    In a nutshell, late binding is run-time resolution / dynamic loading. Compile time resolution (sometimes called 'early binding'), uses the compiler and linker to verify that the argument types used to call a function matches the function's signature. In my mind, early binding allows me to check my grammar...
  • Blog Post: Dan Elliott Joins the Blogging Community and Talks about Extending Controls in the .NET Compact Framework

    I have worked with Dan for several years now (we both joined the .NET Compact Framework team at almost the same time). Since we met, I have learned quite a bit from him; whenever I need a code review or to work through a design idea, Dan's one of first people I look for. Today, he joined the MSDN blogging...
  • Blog Post: Shared Source Device Emulator 1.0

    Now that I'm back from my annual mid-July vacation, I have had some catching up to do. One of the things that was on my list was to get caught up on the MSDN weblogs I read. Barry Bond posted an announcement of the Shared Source Device Emulator 1.0 release . While you are there, check out some of Barry...
  • Blog Post: The Value of a Code Review

    I cannot remind myself often enough of just how valuable a simple thing like a code review is. Just today, I was scratching my head over a bit of code that wasn't quite behaving as I expected. It turns out, I was the victim of a basic cut-and-paste error. I was using some code similar to the following...
  • Blog Post: What is a ThreadPool?

    A while back, I talked about the Locks and Threads performance counter data collected by version 2 of the .NET Compact Framework . That post mentioned that the counters collected data for ThreadPool threads. What is a ThreadPool? Some readers may wonder, "What is a thread pool?" A thread pool is a collection...
  • Blog Post: Mike Hall podcast interview with Richard Greenberg

    Mike Hall just posted an interview with Richard Greenberg , Group Program Manager for the .NET Compact Framework team. If you have a half an hour, give it a listen. Enjoy! -- DK Disclaimer(s): This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
  • Blog Post: What is a Race Condition?

    I've been posting a bit, lately, on debugging multi-threaded applications. When talking about deadlocks , I mentioned that I was adding a Sleep statement to ensure that I hit the deadlock issue. The reason that I needed to force the deadlock was that, depending on timing, the code could either work,...
  • Blog Post: T+10 years: Windows 95

    Ten years ago, as Raymond has mentioned , the Windows 95 team was hiding backstage at the launch event. While memory has faded a little, I believe I was in the red quadrant (the team members were given either a red, green, blue or yellow shirt) listening to the festivities. I was also one of the lucky...
  • Blog Post: Welcome Mr. Hamilton

    This is cool! Our (the .NET Compact Framework team) test manager has joined the MSDN weblog community! He's posted a pretty detailed history of himself here . I've known Paul since 1994 while we were both working on Windows 95 (he in Plug and Play, me in display drivers) and agree with him... he is intense...
  • Blog Post: What is a First Chance Exception?

    Have you ever been debugging an application and seen a message, in the output window, about a "First chance" exception? Ever wondered: What is a first chance exception? Does a first chance exception mean there is a problem in my code? What is a first chance exception? When an application...
  • Blog Post: Mark Prentice opens his Gaming on the .NET Compact Framework weblog

    Just a note that Mark Prentice (.NET Compact Framework Program Manager) has just opened his " Gaming on the .NET Compact Framework " weblog. He'll be talking about MD3DM (Managed Direct3D for mobile devices) and other device centric game development topics. Welcome, Mark! -- DK Disclaimer(s): This...
  • Blog Post: The old days...

    Ben " Virtual PC Guy " Armstrong's recent post sent me back to my early days at Microsoft. Back then (early 1990s) I was a member of the MS-DOS product support team. His link to the Microsoft Knowledge Base article was one I remember fondly. Many times I walked customers through these instructions over...
  • Blog Post: Please welcome Mike Zintel and read about NetCF memory management

    Today, our team's (NetCF) group manager, Mike Zintel , has joined the blogs.msdn.com community! Please take time to visit his site and be sure to read his post on .Net Compact Framework Advanced Memory Mangaement . It may be a long read, but it is well worth the time and is an excellent source of information...
  • Blog Post: Minor housecleaning...

    Just a note that I have merged the Networking and Web Services categories. I noticed that just about each of the networking posts applied equally to web services and that many web services posts could just as easilly have been networking posts. Hence the merge. --DK
  • Blog Post: Vacation time

    Just a note to let you know I will be on vacation starting tonight. I will be back on Monday July 19. Feel free to comment with requests for my next topic. See you in a week. -- DK
  • Blog Post: Why coffee is the elixer of life...

    In our industry, it appears that coffee is often more important than blood, food, just about anything... Why is this? From my experience the reason is one of the following: We work too many hours to get enough sleep. We aren't smart enough to go to bed before the sun comes up Today, I...
  • Blog Post: Thirteen years? Already?

    Thirteen years ago today, I arrived in building 15 (now demolished) on the Microsoft campus for new employee orientation -- as a new support engineer for MS-DOS 5...Now, I'm one of the "old guys" (as a current team member so kindly called me) and have helped ship multiple versions of Windows, DirectX...
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