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  • Benjamin Wright-Jones

    Tech-Ed Europe, Day 2 at the ATE Stand

    We've had some interesting questions during the first day on the ATE stand at Tech-Ed in Amsterdam. These have ranged from: 1. How does the optimiser work? to 2. Where can I download SQL Server 2005 from? There was also quite a lot of interest...
  • Brian Jones: Office Solutions

    Intro to Word XML Part 1: Simple Word Document

    This post is for those of you interested in learning the basics behind WordprocessingML. That’s the schema that we built for Word 2003. You can save any Word document as XML, and we will use this schema to fully represent that document as XML. The new...
  • scooblog by josh ledgard

    Reader Community Question: OPML or Link List?

    So I'm still collecting the RSS feeds of Loyal Scooblog readers . I'm still enjoying the fresh content I'm being exposed to as a result of this. I've also been able to participate in discussions I would have never heard about before. I do have a question...
  • notes and rants

    Feeling Nostalgic - The Beginning

    Before coming to MS, I worked for a small Redmond based software company (Unlike most employees, I’m a Seattle native). I was hired to do technical support, but on the first day, I was told in passing that I would also be managing the network (probably...
  • notes and rants

    Feeling Nostalgic - Prelude

    A few posts ago, I mentioned that I just hit my 10 year milestone at MS. In my current position, I get a chance to interact a lot with new hires in the testing discipline - this has triggered quite a bit of reflection on my part. Things have changed a...
  • Peter Hallam's WebLog

    Many Questions: switch on type

    I hope everyone had a good fourth of July weekend. I certainly did. I spent the weekend hiking around the Olympic peninsula with my girlfriend and capped it off watching the fireworks here in Seattle. On to our question of the week: We get a lot of...
  • Stan's WWWeblog


    "They" say that photoblogging or "flogging" is the new thing for people too lazy to type and those too lazy read. It was bound to come to this. So here ( ) is a look at the trip to L.A. There are...
  • Microsoft's JobsBlog

    Fewer than 5 years of experience? It's ok!

    In past entries, I’ve written about Microsoft Recruiting’s internal distinction between a college / entry-level applicant and an experienced applicant . One of the discrepancies many of you pointed out is that most of the software engineering jobs (PM...
  • Larry Osterman's WebLog

    Should developers learn crypto?

    Over the weekend, Paul Maher posted an article in which he asked if developers needed to understand cryptography. I responded in his comments, but it needs a bit more detail than I provided in the comments. I'm all for developers learning about crypto...
  • Direct Reports

    What Makes It Go? (New Report Packs)

    We just released two new report packs , one for SharePoint Portal Server and one for Axapta. While I'm personally only responsible for the setup code and work with other teams on the contents, if you have any feedback on them, you are welcome to leave...
  • Jason Sacks's Windows SDK blog

    Most valuable

    I hope everyone in the US and Canada enjoyed their respective national holidays. We had a wonderful 4th of July. My 14-year-old son's all-star baseball team played in a tournament this weekend, continuing into this week. So far they've won one game and...
  • greggm's WebLog

    Debugging 'Last Error' problems

    On a few occasions I have run into problems where some Windows API was returning a 'strange' error code. Here is a technique that works with some APIs: Go get public symbols for your operating system – add
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