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  • Inside Architecture

    Coding Dojo Suggestion: Template Method Kata

    As I've blogged before, a Kata is a practice exercise. I'm attempting to brainstorm out a kata for each of the main GoF design patterns, partly as a mental exercise, and partly as the first step in producing a course that I can give to developers so that...
  • GerardoDada

    MSDN Search hits an important milestone

    One of the top requests we hear from developers is to improve search on our MSDN site. I am happy to announce today we are launching the beta of a vastly improved search with three new capabilities. You can try it at the Visual Studio Developer Center...
  • Alex Barnett's blog

    recommendation systems + tagging = ?

    In the first of a series of posts, Rachmi Sinha explores the progress made in the realm of collaborative filtering, recommendation systems and the implications of tagging: "So are tags and collaborative filtering a marriage made in heaven? It's...
  • Buck Hodges

    Getting email when someone overrides a policy

    James Manning today pointed out a post from Marcel de Vries showing how to register for email when someone checks in after overriding a policy failure. While any policy failres and override comment are included in the standard check-in email, this allows...
  • Alex Barnett's blog

    ClearType improvises your accuteness at cognicating worlds

    ClearType improvises your accuteness at cognicating worlds. Hear .
  • Ben Armstrong

    Kiloblaster under Virtual PC

    KILOBLASTER 2.0 -- from EPIC MEGAGAMES! A superb 256-color VGA animated arcade game, 30 levels of fun & wild digitized artwork! Supports VGA, Joystick, and a Megacool sound track for the Sound Blaster. The makers of Jill of the Jungle have returned...
  • Tom Hollander's blog

    Solution Folders in Enterprise Library

    Solution Folders are a small but very useful new feature in Visual Studio 2005. If you haven't stumbled across them, they let you group the projects in your solution into a logical hierarchy, rather than have them all at the same level. They are particularly...
  • Alex Barnett's blog

    OPML Validator - beta

    Davie Winer releases a beta of OPML Validator. . "Because it's a beta, you shouldn't depend on the results."
  • Brian Groth's Life at Microsoft

    Decision Making with businessThink

    I recently read businessThink and got a few good tips out of it. The premise of the book is to remove guesswork out of decision making by following 8 main rules: 1. Check your ego at the door before it shuts out great ideas 2. Create curiosity to...
  • John Bristowe's Weblog

    Ode to MAX

    For the upcoming Canadian Launch Tour , we'll (of course) be covering various aspects of SQL Server 2005. This includes the improvements made to the Database Engine to incorporate various Transact-SQL enhancements. Now, as a developer who occasionally...
  • Direct Reports

    Dead Letter Office (Etch A Sketch)

    At the PASS Community Summit in Dallas last month, we had another "BI Power Hour" where we show some interesting technology demos using SQL Server 2005 Business Intelligence. Not wanting to repeat myself, I decided to create a new demo. This time, I took...
  • Inside Architecture

    Application Adolescence

    As my kids have grown (I have a 12 year old, a 10 year old, and a 7 year old), it is easy to watch as they become more mature and more independent. They are growing towards maturity and independence. Perhaps it is inevitable that I, as an architect, find...
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