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  • Cyrus' Blather

    Wanting a MS supported co-routine API in the frameworks

    Sigh... Apperantly I have serious problems and I should be getting myself some help post haste :-). At least according to Steve and Gregg I do. They're two debugger devs and they gave me the following legitimate advice when I said I wanted to dable in...
  • Cyrus' Blather

    W00t. TV+Me = Do I have to go to work today?

    Felt like upgrading my entertainment center today. Took off from work and went out to a local Magnolia Hi-Fi shop. Ended up getting the 43" Samsung HLN437w box: Unfortunately, my puny honda could not handle the load so I must wait for it to be delivered...
  • Code/Tea/Etc...

    Celebrities in the locker room... career opportunity or creepy awkwardness?

    As other people have probably mentioned here and there, there is a very nice health club near Microsoft and a membership to that club is one of the options in our benefits plan. Therefore, it isn't all that surprising that most of the folks in the gym...
  • Michael Rys

    Posts on FOR XML

    Here are a bunch of links explaining FOR XML. It covers some FOR XML EXPLICIT functionality and focuses on the new capabilities in SQL Server 2005. FOR XML EXPLICIT or the “Query from Hell“ in SQL Server 2005: A less likely encounter...
  • Michael Rys

    Posts on SQL Server 2000's XML support

    Here are some interesting posts related to SQL Server 2000's XML support (also see the upcoming summary on SQL Server 2005's XML support posts): Explains why SQL Server 2000's XML support is still relevant and how it evolves into SQL Server 2005...
  • Michael Rys

    Posts on XML Schema

    Here are my musings on XML Schema (only the ones I have written down so far :-)): Is XML Schema usable as a type system? How to evolve XML Schema collections in SQL Server 2005 The XQuery Type System is based on XML Schema How XML Namespaces...
  • Paul Fallon's WebLog

    Windows XP SP2 is coming soon - Developers have you looked at it yet??

    XP SP2 is going to be so much more that a combination of fixes and updates, it provides a whole new layer of security infrastructure, settings and policies that defend against viruses and worms. So if you are a developer why should you care, doesn...
  • Michael Rys

    Posts on XML: Values, Uses and Future

    The following links give my opinions on: What is XML good for? My negative position on a standardized binary XML interoperability format The (non-)value of XML 1.1 Naming the SQL Server 2005/ISO SQL-2003 XML data type instances
  • Michael Rys

    My TechEd 2004 Presentations

    The presentations, demos and Kent Tegel 's synopses are available at
  • Microsoft's JobsBlog

    Après Interview: We really like you … but not for this job

    Zoë posted some great entries on the actual interview day , and we’ve talked about those after interview situations when you get rejected but don’t know why , don’t hear anything back at all , and finally receive a response but...
  • Michael Rys

    Welcome to my work related blog site

    I decided to finally join the community. However, I will contine to mainly blog at and only syndicate the work-related entries on SQL Server , XML Standardization , XQuery , and other XML Technologies...
  • Gooey Bugs

    No Prince haters? And a few "country" artists make the Good Music list!

    I’m continually amazed at how long my Good Music / Bad Music list can go on without getting one single comment about Prince being at the tip-top of my Good Music list. It’s not that I put him there to generate blog traffic – I actually...
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