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  • In the Trenches

    Customize the Windows Vista Start Menu Search Box

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    Internet Explorer has this feature that lets you add search commands to the address bar. For example, with some registry hacks you can make it so that typing "imdb Lord of the Rings" will do an IMDB search. The registry schema is described in more detail...
  • MSBuild Team Blog

    HOW TO: Beyond PreBuild and PostBuild Steps

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    Do you use PreBuild and PostBuild steps that are provided in the IDE? You will find that they are still available in Visual Studio 2005 - but from within the IDE, you only get the ability to run command line batch files / scripts. Essentially, prebuild...
  • Tales from the Smart Client

    Confusion over definition of Controller in MVC

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    I've got a frustrated anonymous poster who complains that my definition of ViewModel in Model/View/ViewModel is exactly that of Controller in MVC, and references Cocoa. It appears to me that Cocoa has changed the definition of Controller from the original...
  • David Ferguson

    A Fresh Beginning

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    I am a new employee at Microsoft. It has been very exciting joining this team. I was quite suprised to see how helpful and friendly the entire culture is here, after all the rumors that I had heard. I am a developer in the Microsoft Business Solutions...
  • Windows Embedded Standard (Standard 7, Standard 2009, XPe...)

    DUAScriptGen and more...

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    Aaron Stebner has created a sticky article you can always go to now for the latest info on the DUAScriptGen tool. If you use (or are thinking of using) DUA to service your embedded device you owe it to yourself to check out this PowerTool, it simplifies...
  • Windows Embedded Blog

    DUAScriptGen and more...

    Aaron Stebner has created a sticky article you can always go to now for the latest info on the DUAScriptGen tool. If you use (or are thinking of using) DUA to service your embedded device you owe it to yourself to check out this PowerTool, it simplifies the process of authoring DUA script files. Also, Aaron is very receptive to feedback and bug reports.

    If you're not familiar with Device Update Agent, it's a very lightweight executable that runs on the embedded device. The agent polls a location specified by you to look for scripts to run that will install OS or Application update packages on the client machine. The polling location can be remote (maybe a web server on the internet) or local (perhaps a CD-ROM). Here's some links to begin with if you want more info:

    Begin with this DUA Start Page on MSDN.

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  • Stuart Padley's Web Log

    An unwanted surprise when changing the SQL Server 2005 Service Account

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    When changing the Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Service Account you might get back this rather alarming error message box: --------------------------- WMI Provider Error --------------------------- The process terminated unexpectedly. [0x8007042b] ---...
  • Test Guide

    Testability Improves Your Product

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    I've talked about testability before , but I recently had an experience that reinforced for me how improving testability directly improves the product. I am working with my good friend and mentor John Gossman to write a Visio-to-XAML converter. Our first...
  • .NET Security Blog

    Host Protection

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    One of our new Whidbey hosting features is called Host Protection -- basically it allows an application hosting the CLR to declare some types of operations off limits for use by hosted code. This is orthogonal to CAS in that CAS allows an administrator...
  • A View from Elsewhere

    Evolution of the Cathedral

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    In his post about the changing cathedral and bazaar , Jon Udell asserts that the cathedral and the bazaar are both changing. And of course, they are -- that which stands still, dies. At the same time, my core point is that the "sharp edges" I'm talking...
  • Buck Hodges

    September dogfood statistics

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    You can find the latest dogfood statistics on Brian's blog. [Update 10/12] John Lawrence also has the statistics as usual, including Excel charts. I saw Brian's, and I didn't think to check there.
  • Yasser Shohoud

    Meet the WCF Channel Model - Part 1

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    For the past 5 months or so, I’ve been working on the WCF Core Communications team (with Kenny , Matt , and Steve ) where we focus on WCF transports and hosting features. In this period, I’ve learned a lot about the WCF channel model and I’m still learning...
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