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  • Michael Rys

    XQuery1.0/XPath 2.0 needs your help!

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    As I mentioned earlier , XQuery 1.0/XPath 2.0 has still one last call issue that that can benefit from user input. Basically, the question is, whether the so called value comparisons (that use the Fortran style syntax eq , lt , ge etc) should behave the...
  • Michael Rys

    The SQL Server XML weblogs are blooming and other "news"

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    While I have been a bit quiet over the last couple of weeks mainly due to presenting at two TechEd's, attending SIGMOD and still having to do my day jobs, we had quite an explosion of weblogs of the SQL Server XML and XQuery team members. Besides Shankar...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Windows 3.0 under Virtual PC (again)

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    A long time ago I posted about the fact that if you try run Windows 3.0 under Virtual PC - it will only work if you use the EGA video driver - and even then the color pallete will be corrupted ( http://blogs.msdn.com/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2004/10/20...
  • That One Guy's Blog

    Dynamically Writing and Executing Native Assembly in C#

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    Generally, executing native assembly in C# is bad because you lose all the benefits of the managed world. In the cases where it is impossible to perform something in C#, it is better to make a C++ DLL. That said, the new method Marshal.GetDelegateForFunctionPointer...
  • Direct Reports

    Extra Width (Custom Report Items)

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    At this year's TechEd, Andrew Bryan of Dundas Software presented a session on Custom Report Items (a new feature of SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services). Several people have asked me to post the code that was shown in the session so I have done so here...
  • David Wang

    IIS 6 prefixing paths with \\?\

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    One of the most fundamental security changes in IIS6 appends \\?\ to all filesystem access by IIS. This is supposed to be fairly transparent, but... Question: Dear comrades: I have a cgi executable program that has worked just fine under W2000...
  • Raghav

    Number of devices supported by Microsoft Fax

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    On all versions of Windows XP and in Windows Server 2003 Web Server, the device limit is 1. On Windows Server 2003 Server and Windows Server 2003 Embedded, the device limit is 4. On Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Server and Windows Server 2003 Data...
  • Larry Osterman's WebLog

    Beware of the dancing bunnies.

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    I saw a post the other day (I'm not sure where, otherwise I'd cite it) that proclaimed that a properly designed system didn't need any anti-virus or anti-spyware software. Forgive me, but this comment is about as intellegent as "I can see a worldwide...
  • Artificial Ignorance - the Anand Iyer chronicles

    the little things in life...

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    Two of my favorite three sitcoms are “ Spin City ”, and “ Scrubs ”. Little did I know that both these shows were created by the same guy, Bill Lawrence , who by the way, is now my hero. Also, remember ‘Kate’ from the Drew Carey Show ? Kate is Christa...
  • The Design-Time Developer

    Check out Wednesday's webcast and learn about eCommerce with the ASP.NET 1.1 Commerce Starter Kit

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    We're nearing the halfway point for my week-long series. During Tuesday's session on the ASP.NET Reports Starter Kit, I got some great feedback about the session and, to help answer an audience member's question, even about which language developers in...
  • Brian Jones: Office Solutions

    Office 12 XML Formats will support VBA (just not the default formats)

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    There are two forms of the new formats, one that supports VBA and one that doesn't. I just read this article , and it sounds like there have been some misunderstandings around this fact. If you read through the whitepapers ( Microsoft Office Open XML...
  • Ulrich's SOAP Box

    An apology

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    My post yesterday didn't work very well because I posted the pictures of the designer onto a web site that had download limitations. The result was that most people who tried to view the post couldn't see the pictures. Now fixed, thanks to Nigel Parker...
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