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  • Jay's blog on text-to-speech (Now Defunct)

    I'm back from paternity leave

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    Just when you think you are settling into a job, they encourage you to take a month off. Sorry to have not posted anything in October. It was a great time for me to connect with my daughter - and wow, she is amazing. She's not speaking yet - but I think...
  • venkatna's (Venkat Narayanan's) WebLog

    Live.com Oops bug

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    We released live.com and immediately got dinged for a lot of errors when reading feeds, among others. I am glad to say that at least that one issue has been fixed. We were tracking the feeds that were being added, anonymously of course, so we could do...
  • MSBuild Team Blog

    Where is the MSBuild schema file?

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    Every so often we get asked where the schema file is for the MSBuild XML. People (correctly) assume we have one since it is referenced as a namespace in every project file. Our schema is installed in \windows\Microsoft.NET\framework\v2.0.50727\Microsoft...
  • Brad Abrams

    Only for the CLR Geeks

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    For those true CLR geeks --- you will love this MSDN TV spot with Joe and Joel talking about CLR Method Dispatch . Let us hear what you think about it.. and what other topics we should cover…
  • XAML Chick

    What is New in Microsoft Visual Studio 2005....

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    When data comes back from SQL 2005 and fills a DataGrid or DataView in a VS2005 ASP.Net project is it saved in session or is there a round trip to the database every time? Data is not stored in session if you bind it to a DataGrid. Under most default...
  • JasonJoh's [MSFT] WebLog

    New Sample Transport Provider

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    I've been working with MAPI for over 5 years now. In that 5 years I've supported my share of developers writing their own MAPI providers (message store, transport, address book), but I've never actually sat down and written one myself. Until now ;-) ...
  • James Manning's blog

    Scanning history for the changesets that had policy override - simple usage of QueryHistory

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    This needs references to Microsoft.TeamFoundation.Client.dll and Microsoft.TeamFoundation.VersionControl.Client.dll - it's intentionally simple and you can easily change the loop to include more information as desired, it's just to show usage of the API...
  • XAML Chick

    What is Smart Client?

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    How about the best mix of Rich (aka "FAT") client and thin (ASP) client ever. Imagine having the ability to use the rich controls of a Fat client (Windows) application but deploying it like a Web application. Think of it as the "SUV" (Sport Utility Vehicle...
  • Microsoft Excel 2010

    Tables Part 6: Removing duplicates from tables (and ranges) of data

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    Being able to remove duplicate rows of information from a table of data is a request we hear fairly often from our customers (and one of the top questions in the comments in this blog). Some users know that this capability exists in Excel today; unfortunately...
  • SGriffin's MAPI Internals

    Offline State Sample

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    There have been questions lately on the MAPI mailing list about how to get the connection state API working. Particularly the HrOpenOfflineObj and Advise calls. Since I had a partial sample already sitting here I figured I whip it into shape and publish...
  • TexBlog

    I saw a Beatle!

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    Sir Paul played the Key Arena last night. And I was there. At the risk of revealing my manifest nerdiness, I've been a huge Beatles fan since I was a kid, so this was a big deal for me. I've been looking forward to the show for months, and I'm happy...
  • MSBuild Team Blog

    How To: Escape the Percent Sign in MSBuild

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    This is actually somewhat amusing, especially considering our recent set of posts on escaping properties and items. We got a question over on our forums today that amounted to "how do I escape the percent sign in an item include"? All escaping in MSBuild...
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