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  • MSN Shopping Insider

    PriceGrabber Alliance

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    Hi, I'm Chris Jolley and I work on Scott's team as the Group Programming Manager. Today our alliance with PriceGrabber was announced. Sean , from Organized Shopping feels the details are a bit sketchy, so I thought I'd offer a little clarification......
  • Typed XML in SQL Server 2005

    An introduction to static typing.

    • 6 Comments
    XQuery in SQL Server 2005 is a statically typed language. This means type errors may be raised during query compilation when an expression returns a value that has a type or cardinality that is not accepted by a particular function or operator. In short...
  • Larry Osterman's WebLog

    What's in your audio card?

    • 8 Comments
    No, it's not a credit card (obscure reference to a current credit card campaign running here in the US). One of the things that really surprised me when I joined this group is the complexity of an audio adapter. I had figured that an audio adapter...
  • The Visual Basic Team

    A new home for the data team (aka Steve Lasker)

    For those that have been following our team blog under the VB Team blog , we've moved to our new home @ http://blogs.msdn.com/smartclientdata/default.aspx . Why did we move? There were many of us that weren't that into blogging way back when. One of our...
  • SQL Server Engine Tips

    OUTPUT clause in INSERT/UPDATE/DELETE statements

    • 3 Comments
    Using OUTPUT clause in INSERT/UPDATE/DELETE statements...
  • Arul Kumaravel's WebLog

    Wait is Over. Monad beta available

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    Time has finally arrived for people to get their hands on new Microsoft Command Shell Code named Monad. We will be releasing a beta version of Monad at our betaplace and it will be available for download on June 21st. Please see my blog Where to get...
  • One Louder

    Inside "marketing at Microsoft"

    • 6 Comments
    Article here. I've been here for six years and have seen some big changes in how we "do marketing". This is the first article I've seen that really sums up those changes. Flash back to 1999 and everything was about "customer satisfaction". Six years later...
  • Antimail

    Puzzle: what is the next card?

    • 16 Comments
    This is a very nice puzzle that kept me awake for a long time... :-) John and Dianne, two journalists (and experienced bridge players), are captured by some foreign government. The guardian says that he can free them, if they win the following game...
  • Calvin Hsia's WebLog

    SQL Select data from a text file

    • 2 Comments
    It’s often very useful to be able to execute a SQL SELECT statement on a text file. I was debugging a multiprocess multithread Foxpro COM DLL problem in a COM+ application . To help diagnose the problem, I wanted to figure out the sequence...
  • Saurabh Pant's Weblog

    Concurrency restrictions in the ClickOnce (System.Deployment.Application) APIs

    • 3 Comments
    UpdateAsync/CheckForUpdateAsync/DownloadFileGroupAsync are the Async APIs Update APIs - UpdateAsync()/CheckForUpdateAsync() CANNOT be invoked if either one of them is already in progress. Exception thrown -InvalidOperationException i.e An updateAsync...
  • Sara Williams' blog

    Goodbye Microsoft, Hello Boston!

    • 16 Comments
    Big changes for me… I've made the difficult decision to leave Microsoft. My husband and I are moving to Boston, and I’m taking the move as an opportunity to experience life outside of Microsoft. My last day here will be tomorrow, June 14th. Of course...
  • Jason Zander's blog

    A Cure for CTP Madness

    • 5 Comments
    Brad Abrams and Jason Sutherland have come up with a nice little site on Channel 9 which keeps track of compatible versions of CTP's . The utility uses your browser caps to see what you already have installed, and publishes an XML file that shows valid...
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