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  • marklon

    Ways to make libraries that don't stink

    Since the short list format seems popular, here are 20 things to consider when writing a component (assembly or COM or framework) for other people to use. Some are blindingly obvious. Others are perhaps less so. 1. If you don’t say that something...
  • simon.says

    PDC Debrief

    Kirill has a great debrief of our Web Services interoperability session at PDC last month. Also, you may want to checkout the interoperability plugfest that his group is running.
  • Steve Cook's WebLog

    More on Meta/Domain

    I first came across the term Metaclass around 1980 in the context of a programming language - Smalltalk, in fact. In dynamic OO programming languages like Smalltalk, CLOS, etc a Metaclass is a class whose instances are classes. That makes good sense to...
  • Rob Caron

    Viewing On-Demand Webcasts

    Someone posted a comment to a recent post I made about the MSDN Subscription Webcast that they were having difficulty accessing the on-demand version. After registering, you'll see a page that looks like this: To view the Webcast, click the Live...
  • Visual Studio For Devices

    Virtual PC Network Driver

    Making Emulator to connect to the Network using Virtual Cradle with Active Sync and without the need for a Virtual Networking Switch Driver. If you recently installed Visual Studio 2005 and see this message as soon as you start the emulator ...
  • Public Sector Developer Weblog

    The Code Room -- short 'TV show'

    Check out -- a great, fun way to learn about some of Microsoft's latest tools and technologies. From their about page: The Code Room is a 1/2 hour pilot TV show that exposes technologists to the latest tools and technologies...
  • A View from Elsewhere

    Superplatforms and Commodities

    I'll continue one argument I was having with Jon in the open, just to see what happens. The premise: Open collaboration can relentlessly commoditize things that require a lot of work -- like deep integration -- just because it can mobilize the resources...
  • Adam Singer

    Because it is not the sky

    We're testing the Japanese Beta3 version of Visual Studio Team System's Team Foundation Server. Of course, most of us don't actually know any Japanese, so we have to rely on computer translators to help us figure out what's going on. Not all of the translations...
  • Windows CE Networking Team WebLog

    How I save myself weeks of horrible debugging each year

    Being in networking and middleware, I have to deal with locking / critical sections a lot. Multi-threaded code is inherently tricky to get right. You have problems with deadlock - which are straightforward to debug usually assuming you have a good debugger...
  • Point2Share

    Everyone is talking about it...A SharePoint Recycle Bin

    The Microsoft Internet IT group has released a SharePoint Recycle Bin implemented via an ISAPI filter. This is really the only “bullet proof” approach to the problem with the current version of SharePoint. Read about it here from Chris: http://blogs...
  • A View from Elsewhere

    Why I Blog About Meaningless Things

    I was having an email conversation with Jon Udell the other day about the concept of the "superplatform." The first time I saw the term, it was in a Burton Group report claiming that Microsoft had a pretty good one. <aside> I've been at Microsoft...
  • The Business of Software


    There are a couple of interesting articles in eWeek today that are relevant to the Microsoft Partner Community. 1) UGS Sets Its Sights on the Midmarket – UGS is one of the partners my group supports. Their Teamcenter Express Product is a powerful example...
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