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  • 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...
  • Harry Pierson's DevHawk Weblog

    Intro to VSTS

    One of the big announcements at Tech·Ed was the Visual Studio Team System , a set of lifecycle management tools for architects , developers , project managers and testers . Check out this episode of MSDN TV introducing the Team System that was shot...
  • Gilles' WebLog

    Do you see a rabbit or a smiling face?

    Personally, I do not see anything special on this picture of the moon! Many Chinese and Japanese people see a rabbit instead of a smiling face and they believe it is making rice cakes (mochi). Maybe this is because the word “ mochizuki “...
  • Yves Dolce

    How do I define a macro to get a string representing the __LINE__?

    This comes from an internal Distribution List, I thought this might be useful: #define STRINGIFY(a) #a #define LINESTR STRINGIFY(__LINE__) printf("this is line %s\n", LINESTR); Outputs “this is line __LINE__” #define...
  • Alex Barnett's blog

    ID Cards a 'very, very attractive proposition for criminals'

    Yes, these are the words of the UK Information Commissioner, Richard "I like to keep my privates to myself, thank you very much" Thomas, whose job it is to keep checks on the UK's data protection and freedom of information laws. He said today as part...
  • JoeN's Blog

    Forced Blog (aka Flog)

    I came up with a term the other day when I was talking to some people about blogging. I'm still getting used to blogging (making time to blog, what is something reasonable to blog about etc) but I was talking to some people at TechEd (some Microsoft,...
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