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  • Smart Client Data

    Setting NullValue property for typed dataset

    In Whidbey DataSet designer, you are able to set Typed DataColumn's NullValue property to the following values if the DataType is string 1 (Empty) 2 (Nothing) (null for C#) 3 (Throw exception) 4 any string you can type in. The first...
  • VolkerW's WebLog

    Virtual Worlds

    Virtualization, becoming more and more popular, is around for quite some time. There are some very good articles/blogs/presentations etc out on the Internet talking about the history of Virtualization. “ Google” for it [:)]. A few recommendations: ...
  • I know the answer (it's 42)

    CLR takes a DCR for Nullable type

    I saw from Soma's blog that VS is taking a DCR to fix the issues about Nullable types that is being talked about in various blog. This is super cool as Microsoft demonstrated like never before that we do care about customer feedback as this is a direct...
  • Eric Gunnerson's Compendium

    UI Updating can be hazardous to your performance...

    Dare writes about a perf and memory usage issue in RSS Bandit. I've come across this at least 10 times in my career - developers tend to underestimate the amount of time it takes to update a UI. I've seen cases where 70% of the cpu time is going towards...
  • Alex Barnett's blog

    Web 1.0 and Web 2.0

    James Governor provides his thoughts on the never-ending discussion around the definition of Web 2.0 . Following James' format , here are the differentiating characteristics between the Web 1.0 and Web 2.0 concepts as I see them: ...
  • Windows Installer Team Blog

    Can you please point me to some good documentation for creating a MSI custom action?

    Custom actions provide a generalized way of extending the Windows Installer engine. Due to the fact it's a generalized extension mechanism, it's difficult to provide a universal cookbook for custom actions. I suggest starting with the Windows Installer...
  • Arpan Shah's Blog

    SharePoint Portal Server Discovery Kit

    One of the pieces of feedback that I have received from partners and customers is that they don't immediately understand the value that SharePoint Portal Server provides over Windows SharePoint Services. We have several whitepapers that address this topic...
  • Alex Barnett's blog

    Link experiment

    Me too: J-Walk blog link experiment. via Tommy .
  • Mohamed Sharaf's Blog

    Passing non-English parameters to reporting services via URL access

    Few weeks ago I faced a problem when I was using SQL Server Reporting Services to generate a report in which all parameters' values in Arabic. The problem appeared when I used this report through URL access , and passed the parameters' values throug...
  • Cyrus' Blather

    You did it!

    As many of you may know, we recently announced a pretty big change to the C# 2.0 language. The full details of the change can be found at Soma's blog but i'll include the information here. We designed the Nullable type to be the platform solution...
  • Devin Jenson's WebLog

    The Danger of Marshal.StructureToPtr

    Pop Quiz! Is the following code secure : public static unsafe IntPtr WriteListToNewNativeBuffer<T>( List <T> list) { if (list == null ) { throw new ArgumentNullException ( "list" ); } IntPtr nativeBuffer = IntPtr .Zero;...
  • notes and rants

    Ack! What happened to my blog?

    "Ack", of course, is a quote from my favorite fictional cat, Bill . The problem with my blog is the same problem that many (most?) other blogs have - too long of a gap between posts. This summer has been one for the ages. My motorcycle has been in the...
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