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  • Installing...

    Candle (part 1)

    The core of the WiX toolset primarily consists of a compiler and a linker. The compiler is called candle and the linker is called light (here's an explanation of how these names came about). The functionality provided in each of these tools seems to be...
  • Life as a Developer

    C#, MFC, ATL, and Scripting

    Wow. I didn't realize how hard it would be to create a wrapper for OpenFileNames. I know it would take me about 5 minutes to code in C# or VB... but getting C++ COM stuff right so that it shows up with VBScript scripting is a real PITA (IMHO). I started...
  • Virtual Earth & MapPoint B2B

    Accessing Your MWS Custom Icons

    I've fielded a few concerns around how to access your custom icons in MWS. The documentation around this is sparse, so I thought I'd blog it. The icons you upload into the Customer Service Site / Microsoft Extranet are stored in your account's root...
  • Gamerscore Blog

    Bill Gates on Xbox 360

    Engadget , one of my favorite sites (and one of my favorite podcasts) had the chance to sit down with Bill Gates last week at CES. Peter Rojas did the interview, and posted the transcript on the site... Some highlights from The Engadget Interview: Bill...
  • Visual Studio Team Test

    Using TestContext in Unit Tests

    Most people don't know about the TestContext object, as it is not one regularly used. However, it can be very handy. Data-Driven Unit Testing The TestContext object's primary purpose IMO is for linking up a unit test with data rows from a data...
  • Rob Torres's WebLog

    Using the MapPoint Web Service FindByProperty Method for a Single-State Search

    Here is an article I wrote in Feb. 2005. This was a common question from customers during the transition from Vicinity to the MapPoint Web Service.
  • One Louder

    Server Platforms Networking Event in the Silicon Valley

    We are planning another networking event in our Mountain View office. Here's the announcement. Feel free to contact me if you are interested! Microsoft’s Server Platform Business Marketing Organization (BMO) is hosting an invitational networking event...
  • Tony Schreiner's Blog

    Toolbar Compatibility Debugging Walkthrough

    In the past I’ve found debugging walkthroughs useful for picking up new techniques. In that spirit here’s a quick rundown of a bug I was investigating today that may have some useful tidbits. This was a crash in IE that involved a toolbar that I...
  • View from the Cube

    Great resources to check out

    Hi Gang! I am constantly impressed by the huge set of resources that Microsoft provides their partner ISVs. Often I find that the ISVs I work with are not aware of all of them. Please find below a list of some of the most useful resources for ISVS...
  • craigrow

    Why are you reading this blog?

    If you've been reading this blog since the beginning then you're probably aware of the reasons I started it. At WinHEC last year I took note of the great conversations that were occurring between Microsoftees and their customers on blogs. I decided the...
  • Windows Core Networking

    Introduction to 802.1p

    In a previous post, I discussed traffic coloring. Modifications to a data packet such that the packet itself informs your network equipment that it requires handling different from normal packets such as best effort traffic. In other words, if you looked...
  • IRhetoric - Karsten Januszewski

    Analyst Piece on XAML, Avalon, WPF

    Interesting piece by Forrester on the relevance of XAML and, by extension, Avalon.
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