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  • XQuery Inside SQL Server 2005

    Efficient Property Promotion from XML Instances (Part 2)

    Last week I covered the basics of property promotion i.e. automatically extracting data from an XML instance and storing this as relational data in order to improve query readability and/or performance. If you missed this previous post, you can access...

    Matt is looking for a few good strategists

    Or at least two. Read all about it here: Wanted: MSDN Content Strategists I currently have two open positions here at MSDN for Content Strategists that can potentially cover the following technologies: Longhorn, the .NET Framework, C#, Smart Clients...
  • DDITDev

    New and Shiny versus Old and Boring (posted by Avi)

    I'll take a [very slight] segue from support costs to talk about one aspect of running this web team which I find difficult... How do you strike a balance between working on new projects and maintaining the older ones? We have lots of older applications...
  • Nick on Silverlight and WPF

    Threading models

    I've gotten a couple questions about why we chose the threading model we did for Avalon, especially why we didn't do more for multithreaded programs. When we first created Avalon, we had three requirements for our threading model: Minimal performance...
  • Dave Welsh's WebLog

    Blogging again .. after so many months off

    Back again in the blog space, and looking forward to blogging again after so many months of being off line. Actually, because of day job work I wanted to put the blog aside to concentrate on a few other things. Anyway, back here again. So, catching...
  • TabBlogger

    Hardware just keeps getting cheaper and more powerful

    Sometimes I feel sorry for those electrical engineering grads who are constantly racing to develop the next new thing. But then I remember that I am a Microbiology/Molecular Biology double-degree who had to scratch and claw his way to decent grades against...
  • .NET4Office

    ActionsPane AutoRecover and Clear

    Misha Shneerson--also known as "Misha-Cat" and "founder of ActionsPane" recently answered some questions I had about ActionsPane. To preface this, VSTO's support for ActionsPane actually attaches a Smart Document solution to the Word or Excel document...
  • One Louder

    Don't be sorry...really, it's OK

    Almost every e-mail that I get via my blog contains an apology or an acknowledgment that I must receive several e-mails like this and etc., etc. I just want to let you all know that I WANT to hear from you. Seriously, no apology necessary. My job is all...
  • NETNew WebLog

    Windows matches UNIX server share for the first time!

    For the first time, Windows-based server market share has equaled UNIX-based share based on revenue (34.4% market share for each). Read the IDC press release here:
  • Engine Watch

    temp table allocation in SQL 2005

    Temp table is no different from regular tables. We may choose either page or extent allocation to optimize performance and space utilization. The kinds of operation affect how we choose: select into bulk insert create index insert...
  • Antimail

    Article: Too much homework can be counterproductive

    You might think that it is almost impossible to "measure" how much homework is needed. Surprisingly, this is not that hard to figure out - a indirect method is to compare various teaching methods in several countries, and then putting them side by side...
  • IRhetoric - Karsten Januszewski

    Avalon Desktop Clock Sample at Channel 9

    Up in the Channel 9 Sandbox there is an Avalon Desktop Clock sample posted with source -- nice! If you are looking for a place to post sample projects, you can certainly use this resource up on Channel 9.
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