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  • Autokinetic Effect - Erik Saltwell's Weblog

    Erik gets a taste of the good stuff

    I had an amazing thing happen recently and I wanted to blog about it because it's had quite a powerful effect on me. Recently, I had the opportunity to proctor a usability study for the XmlReader......
  • Test Guide

    The Best Software Writing Indeed!

    I just finished The Best Software Writing I , selected and edited by Joel Spolsky . The idea is that Joel asked his readers to nominate their favorite online articles from 2004, and then Joel picked through the nominations and put them together in a hardcopy...
  • Thom Robbins .NET Weblog

    Some great upcoming Webcasts!

    With the launch of Microsoft Visual Studio 2005, Microsoft SQL Server 2005, and Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 on November 7, 2005, we’ve invited back some of the greatest MSDN webcast speakers to take you on a lap around the new products. Tune in as we...
  • Aaron Stebner's WebLog

    Windows Installer custom action tutorial

    Steven Bone posted the first of a series of articles about how Windows Installer custom actions work and how to create and debug them. You can click on the link to read Part 1 - Custom Action Types and Sequences . This article describes how to configure...
  • Dan's Blog

    CD vs DVD

    When you take a look inside a software develop project it's amazing how many decisions are made on a daily basis, how many of those decisions take so long to make, and how passionate people can become about those decisions. During the development of SQL...
  • Aaron Stebner's WebLog

    How to resolve 1308 or 1309 errors while installing Visual Studio

    I was contacted by a customer this week who was trying to install Visual Studio .NET 2003 and was receiving 1308 or 1309 error messages during setup, which caused setup to rollback and fail. The errors appeared in the verbose MSI log file similar to the...
  • jfo's coding

    Using BackgroundWorker Effectively

    If you are not familiar with the BackgroundWorker , it is a newly released component within Windows Forms 2.0 which adds safe, easy, multithreading capabilities to your application. By using a pattern of method calls (RunWorkerAsync, ReportProgress...
  • Your Data in the Cloud

    SQL Server 2005 is out the door

    Well, many lines of code and 5 years later, SQL Server 2005 is out the door. I have been in the lab benchmarking with close partners lately and I am certainly impressed with the results. With all the added sophistication and new features, we are still...
  • Aaron Stebner's WebLog

    How to resolve Digital Audio Service error while playing recorded TV in Update Rollup 2 for Media Center 2005

    I have heard from a couple of customers who have run into a problem playing back recorded TV shows after installing Update Rollup 2 for Media Center 2005 . In the cases I've heard of so far, the show will display for a couple of seconds and then displays...
  • Thom Robbins .NET Weblog

    SQL Server 2005 for Developers

    Thanks to everyone that attended the recent classes on SQL Server 2005 for the developer. As promised the slides can be downloaded from here . <<Download presentation>>
  • Alex Barnett's blog - I like it a lot

    I want to let you know of a brand new OPML service that's gone 'tentatively live' but is worth checking out if you are playing with OPML. Created by Bernard Flach and Peter Overbleeke the service is called and I like it a lot. I've...
  • Kari Martin's .NET Blogette

    Need a buddy?

    Our Worldwide ISV team has a great program called the ISV Buddy Program where ISVs can connect directly with Microsoft employees. The Microsoft employee becomes your point person within Microsoft. Through this 1-on-1 relationship, your Microsoft buddy...
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