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  • Peter Torr's Blog

    Presentation Tips

    Recently Eric Lippert wrote about some presentation tips . I started to write a comment, but (as usual) the comment got so long that I decided to make it a post instead. You should read his first though. My additional tips: Turn up early to...
  • Inside Architecture

    Coding Dojo suggestion: the decorator kata

    I ran across a posting by Robert Martin on the Coding Dojo and I admit to being intrigued. I'm running a low-priority thread, in the back of my mind, looking for good examples of kata to use in a coding dojo. Here's one that I ran across in a programming...
  • Chris Pratley's Office Labs and OneNote Blog


    It's a funny time of year. We're approaching our first beta of Office12 and OneNote12 in the next few months (no news here - just standard procedure). My mind is all full of this new release of software, but I am not able to speak about it publicly. That...
  • Arpan Shah's Blog

    SPS Reports

    I've been meaning to blog about this for some time, but just getting around to do so. Recently, we released a report pack for SPS that leverages SQL Reporting Services. You can download this at
  • aWorkBlogByGus

    Static fields in generic classes

    One of today's questions had to do with how static fields work in generic types in the upcoming C# 2.0 . For example, what would the output be from the following code? using System; class Gen<T> { public static int X = 0; } class Test ...
  • Windows Installer Team Blog

    How do I detect that the installer is doing a repair?

    Question How do I detect that the installer is doing a repair? Answer You can check if the REINSTALL property is set. If you want to detect if a patch operation is happening (which also sets the REINSTALL property), you can check if the PATCH property...
  • Mike Swanson's Blog

    SyncToy for Windows XP

    If you're like me, you probably have thousands of digital photos and documents that you want to backup or copy to external media. In my case, I copy everything to an external 160GB XIMETA NetDisk for safe keeping. I have used the free version of Allway...
  • Calvin Hsia's WebLog

    Interesting form paint behavior

    A customer sent us a repro scenario of a problem. There was a fairly complicated form with a PageFrame tab control with several pages, each with grids and other controls on it. Sometimes, the form did not paint completely, even though the grid did. It...
  • One Billion Users: Emerging Trends in Emerging Markets

    Obligatory test post

    You knew it was coming, why do you try to hide?
  • aWorkBlogByGus

    Warning CS1668: Invalid search path...

    We once again saw a few reports of folks running into the CS1668 warning every time they used the C# compiler when we released Beta 2. For those who use the /warnaserror+ compiler option, it blocks compilation as it gets promoted to an error. To some...
  • SmartCard Infrastructure


    This blog is about Smart Card infrastructure in Windows. The objective of this blog is to educate everyone about Smart Card infrastructure in Windows - clarifications on the workings (see MSDN for workings), comments on scenarios that we support well...
  • aWorkBlogByGus

    I think I can...I think I can...

    Today, I realized it had been a lot longer than I thought since I last posted on this blog. It's actually been over three months which just isn't all that cool. I haven't even been posting much on my personal blog which I used to keep at least somewhat...
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