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  • dougturn's WebLog

    Code Camp in Charlotte seems to be going quite well

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    Many thanks to the volunteers who are keeping things going smoothly. So far, I've seen great presentations by Todd Fine (Avalon), Chris Williams (GDI Plus), and this great presenter named Doug something ;-) ;-). There are a ton of great presentations...
  • Tales from the Smart Client

    Boxely

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    I really enjoyed reading Mr. Hewitt's notes on Boxely , the new UI toolkit being used for AIM. The thought process he went through designing Boxely is very reminiscent of parts of my history with Avalon/XAML development. Like me, Joe is in the anti-CSS...
  • Tales from the Smart Client

    XAML comments by Mr. Clifton

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    http://myxaml.com/marcclifton/archive/2005/04/25/1938.aspx His comments are right on, a sensible end note to the more confrontationl tone of the thread he refers to. We struggled for a long time over somewhat conflicting visions of XAML: as a declarative...
  • Thom Robbins .NET Weblog

    Announcing the New York City Code Camp!

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    I am happy to announce that New York City will host its very first Code Camp on June 25, 2005 at the Microsoft Office. I understand that the final details are being worked out and there will be a call for speakers and registration information shortly...
  • Tales from the Smart Client

    Automating the hosting application using IronPython

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    With the code below I could host an Avalon TextBox in my application, type Python expressions and see the results. What I still could not do (when I first finished the code) was execute code back in my application. I needed to give the Python code an...
  • Tales from the Smart Client

    Further fun hosting IronPython

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    When I first got my Python host working, I could type expressions and they would run...but I couldn't see the output. I had to dig a little bit, but found that Python was sending its output to sys.stdout, which at startup is set to a PythonFile wrapping...
  • Tales from the Smart Client

    Hosting Python in an Avalon TextBox

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    The PythonProcessor class from my last post is designed to be hosted in an GUI text editor. I used an Avalon TextBox, as so: namespace AddInConsole { using System; using System.Globalization; using System.IO; using System.Text; using System.Windows;...
  • Inside Architecture

    Feature Driven Development vs. Traditional Project Planning, part deux

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    An analysis of why Feature Driven Development works better than traditional work breakdown structure project planning when creating a software project schedule....
  • Direct Reports

    Brotherhood (What is a CTP?)

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    So, what's a CTP anyway? Recently, we announced that instead of releasing SQL Server 2005 Beta 3, we would move to a model of releasing multiple CTPs (Community Technology Preview) up until the final release of the product later this year. But what...
  • Tales from the Smart Client

    Python fun

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    I've been home sick for a few days. Between sleeps, generally pinned down by a cat, I've been fairly productive. I bought a couple of books: "Dive into Python" by Mark Pilgrim, and "Programming Python" by Mark Lutz, and installed ActivePython and IronPython...
  • Thom Robbins .NET Weblog

    How do you do a Mail Merge?

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    I was talking with one of the Office Specialists the other day. I had been trying to do a Mail Merge and had gotten stuck. The problem was that I had a deadline and needed to get out the email. To make a long story short, Bob gave me some great help and...
  • blogs.msdn.com/brianjo

    Wisdom via The Apprentice

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    I don't watch The Apprentice much, mostly because I cringe a lot when I do watch it. Craig Berman has an interesting commentary up on MSNBC, and the paragaph below caught my eye. ' Apprentice' turns into a dogfight "For all those much-maligned marketers...
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