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  • David L's Blog

    Military Tactics for Software Development!

    I caught up with Tim for lunch this week, and we got onto the topic (as is inevitable during any sustained interaction with me) of software development projects…and why they seem to go awry more often than not. I was telling him about this awesome...
  • Visio Insights

    Cutting Corners

    One of the challenges in Visio shape design is striking a balance between custom behavior and standard behavior. The shape designer has one notion about how a shape should be used, and users often have a different notion. Ideally the shape designer allows...
  • Marc: My Words


    Talking of ws-* stuff, another idea that springs to mind is ws-monetize (bear with me..). Again, if - in an emerging world of APIs - I'm looking to use a service for, say, access to a particular algorithm for use in an application I'm building. The...
  • Marc: My Words


    I've mentioned 'ws-reputation' before here . Moving on from the whether or not I can use the services I desire - and use them productively at that - I'm still concerned that the service I've chosen may simply disappear, or change annoyingly. I don...
  • when setup isn't just xcopy

    Supporting the unsupported Creative Commons Add-in for Microsoft Office.

    Imagine a blog entry where I talk about the issues we've hit in the initial release of the Creative Commons Add-in for Microsoft Office....
  • Marc: My Words

    Criteria for success of APIs

    What's going to make a successful web API? This question came up this week in the context of 'API consistency'. There was some discussion over whether it matters to have a consistent set of APIs if you're offering services on the web. My thoughts on...
  • Marc: My Words

    World Cup + Nice Weather = Zero Productivity

    What a busy month. I've been back-to-back with envisioning work this month, which is great fun, but it's difficult to switch off and do some personal work after home time as you need to keep everything to the forefront of your mind for the duration...
  • Mike Christensen: Web Dev Guy

    Case-sensitivity with IE getAttribute

    I ran across an interesting behavior in IE the other day. Some of my script code was misbehaving, and it took me a while to track down the exact problem. In one part of my code I had an onfocusout event that would update an expando property to a certain...
  • David L's Blog

    Blinq and you'll miss it!

    Nige just pinged everyone in the team about this Sandbox project called Blinq: Unreal! Essentially, it’s a tool for generating web forms against a database schema, with LINQ handling the...
  • Daniel Lehenbauer's Blog

    New Blender Exporter Features: Double Sided & Solid (Flat) Shading

    [ UPDATE: The Xaml Exporter now is hosted on CodePlex ( here )] I checked in an updated Blender exporter to 3D Tools for Windows Presentation Foundation which adds support for double sided materials and flat shaded geometry. I have not yet package...
  • Brad Abrams

    Check out Blinq...

    What percentage of web applications would you say fall into the category of glorified View-Add-Update-Delete operations over a database? That is, you have data stored in a database and you want to expose a web front to look at the data in interesting...
  • Windows PowerShell Blog

    Flexible pipelining with ScriptBlock Parameters

    PSMDTAG:FAQ: How can I pipeline data to a parameter which does not accept pipeline input? PSMDTAG:FAQ: What are ScriptBlock Parameters? One of the foundation concepts of Windows PowerShell is pipelining objects instead of text. What happens is that...
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