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  • Tom Hollander's blog

    New CTP of the Composite UI Application Block released - and introducing ObjectBuilder.

    Our partners in crime over in the p&p smart client program have just released the October Community Technology Preview (CTP) of the Composite UI Application Block. For those EntLib fans in the audience (especially those who like to get "down and dirty...
  • Windows Installer Team Blog

    Billboard bug is fixed in MSI Vista

    We've got a couple of pings on a billboard bug that I thought I'd share in case others are seeing this problem. Problem In Windows Installer 2 billboards showed one after another smoothly during InstallFiles action. With Windows Installer version...
  • Tales from the Smart Client

    XAML is for tools

    There is quite a bit of discussion internally and externally about the role of XAML in WinFX development. One of the main questions is "Why would I use XAML instead of C# or VB?" Simply put, "Sparkle", "Cider" and other design tools provide the main...
  • Public Sector Developer Weblog

    VB6 Upgrade Guidance CTP 6 released!

    If you aren't familiar with this project, here's a snippet from the workspace description: "A deep understanding of the issues involved in migrating deprecated technologies is essential to a successful migration. Microsoft patterns & practices...
  • Brian Harry's blog

    Team Foundation Dogfood stats

    I know John has been doing this for a while on his blog ( ) but things have been so busy lately that he hasn't had time to post the latest numbers so I thought I'd save him the time and do it. Below is the data from a...
  • Mike Stall's .NET Debugging Blog

    Big picture on Symbol APIs

    Here's how the managed symbol API fits into the overall symbol-store / PDB picture, courtesy of Steve Steiner and Curtis Man. There's a basic uniform low level storage for both managed and native symbols. The low-level API is private, and then there are...
  • Patrice Manac'h Web Log

    Utilisation d'un RecordSet avec une boucle ForEach

    Parcourir les fichiers d'un répertoire, c'est bien mais parfois, on veut pouvoir stocker des paramètres en base et boucler dessus. De prime abord, rien de plus simple. Donc, je pose un objet "Execute SQL Task", je choisi la connection, la requête SQL...
  • Alex Barnett's blog


    Holloween is just around the corner, so I'm trying out a few possbile outfits. What do you think? I'm calling it Cybertooth. Before my mum sees and lets me know she thinks I've gone too far this time, I should inform that I took this with my camphone...
  • shlock (1) - Nigels Retrospective

    Whirrrr.... Whiiiiirrr..... Keeeerrrplunk!

    Hard to describe that sinking feeling you get when you hear those dulcet kerplunking noises emanating from your laptop's hard-drive... You know what's coming... more kerplunking, more whiiring, followed by the inevitable drive-death. No point going into...
  • Alex Barnett's blog

    altering the world one pixel at a time

    John Nack : "what if you could alter only one pixel per day? Cameron Adams has developed Pixelfest , a collaborative effort to create "art/design/garbage" through numerous people making tiny contributions. Give it a whirl, or check out a time lapse...
  • Owen Allen - The MOSS Garden

    Down Under MVP

    I had dinner earlier this week with a CMS MVP from Australia, Angus Logan ( blog ), and I had a great time. Angus is a bright guy who does a lot of CMS work for the consulting company that he works for. He was in Redmond attending a couple of conferences...
  • Saveen Reddy's blog

    Getting the name of current function

    Useful snippet for debugging: A function that prints the name of the current function. To be accurate, it prints the name of the calling function. In C# this is called "reflection". In python, it is called "introspection". C# example // ----...
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