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  • A View from Elsewhere

    I'm Glad He Said It, Not Me

    Dave Winer had an unpositive reaction to Google's latest try at understanding blogs, mentioning that it " appears not to have been touched by human beings before it was introduced to the world ." Ouch.
  • IEBlog

    The orange icon...

    We are currently working on the icon for feeds and have some designs to share. It’s orange. It’s rectangular. Check it out on the RSS blog . - Jane
  • Tom Hollander's blog

    GAT documentation in a wiki

    Here in the patterns & practices team, people are inclined to go wiki-mad from time to time. We use them extensively internally for brainstorming and quick content creation, plus we have a bunch hosted on Channel 9 and elsewhere . A lot of this is...
  • Tom Hollander's blog

    New CTP of the Composite UI Application Block released - and introducing ObjectBuilder.

    Our partners in crime over in the p&p smart client program have just released the October Community Technology Preview (CTP) of the Composite UI Application Block. For those EntLib fans in the audience (especially those who like to get "down and dirty...
  • Windows Installer Team Blog

    Billboard bug is fixed in MSI Vista

    We've got a couple of pings on a billboard bug that I thought I'd share in case others are seeing this problem. Problem In Windows Installer 2 billboards showed one after another smoothly during InstallFiles action. With Windows Installer version...
  • Tales from the Smart Client

    XAML is for tools

    There is quite a bit of discussion internally and externally about the role of XAML in WinFX development. One of the main questions is "Why would I use XAML instead of C# or VB?" Simply put, "Sparkle", "Cider" and other design tools provide the main...
  • Public Sector Developer Weblog

    VB6 Upgrade Guidance CTP 6 released!

    If you aren't familiar with this project, here's a snippet from the workspace description: "A deep understanding of the issues involved in migrating deprecated technologies is essential to a successful migration. Microsoft patterns & practices...
  • Brian Harry's blog

    Team Foundation Dogfood stats

    I know John has been doing this for a while on his blog ( ) but things have been so busy lately that he hasn't had time to post the latest numbers so I thought I'd save him the time and do it. Below is the data from a...
  • Mike Stall's .NET Debugging Blog

    Big picture on Symbol APIs

    Here's how the managed symbol API fits into the overall symbol-store / PDB picture, courtesy of Steve Steiner and Curtis Man. There's a basic uniform low level storage for both managed and native symbols. The low-level API is private, and then there are...
  • Patrice Manac'h Web Log

    Utilisation d'un RecordSet avec une boucle ForEach

    Parcourir les fichiers d'un répertoire, c'est bien mais parfois, on veut pouvoir stocker des paramètres en base et boucler dessus. De prime abord, rien de plus simple. Donc, je pose un objet "Execute SQL Task", je choisi la connection, la requête SQL...
  • Alex Barnett's blog


    Holloween is just around the corner, so I'm trying out a few possbile outfits. What do you think? I'm calling it Cybertooth. Before my mum sees and lets me know she thinks I've gone too far this time, I should inform that I took this with my camphone...
  • shlock (1) - Nigels Retrospective

    Whirrrr.... Whiiiiirrr..... Keeeerrrplunk!

    Hard to describe that sinking feeling you get when you hear those dulcet kerplunking noises emanating from your laptop's hard-drive... You know what's coming... more kerplunking, more whiiring, followed by the inevitable drive-death. No point going into...
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