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  • Stephen Kaufman's WebLog

    Schema Design Patterns: Venetian Blind

    This is the third of five entries talking about schema design patterns. In previous entries the Russian Doll approach and the Salami Slice approach were discussed. The Venetian Blind approach is similar to the Russian Doll approach in that they both...
  • mgrier's WebLog

    Function transactionality

    A topic that comes up repeatedly in designing function is what a coworker of mine calls "transactionality". Since I have a little database background, I think that this is an abuse of the term but let's go with it for a while. Function transactionality...
  • jaredpar's WebLog

    Changing Logon screen keyboard layout

    I switched to using a Dvorak keyboard part time around January of this year. I now use a Dvorak keyboard full time and the last remaining issue I have is the logon screen. Even though the keyboard for my user is Dvorak, the default Windows keyboard is...
  • Daryll McDade

    Dim u LearnVB (VB101, from a blog, easy)

    Blogs are cool because they're a VERY flexible publishing tool and I see more uses every day. Tom Dissinger is using a blog to teach VB.NET 101 . Pretty cool use of the tools.
  • SGriffin's MAPI Internals

    Outlook 2003 Integration API April 2005 Update

    We just released the April 2005 update to the Outlook 2003 Integration API. Download for the CHM is here: The MSDN documentation should update some time in the...
  • Man vs Code

    Arpan's response to the XQuery petition

    Arpan has posted a nice response to Stylus Studio petition defending Microsoft's current position with respect to XQuery. I was personally lost when the petition used the term "XQuery developers". If my three years with the SqlXml team taught me anything...
  • TS Tidbits

    Windows Server 2003 Access-based Enumeration

    Windows Server 2003 Access-based Enumeration makes visible only those files or folders that the user has the rights to access. When Access-based Enumeration is enabled, Windows will not display files or folders that the user does not have the rights to...
  • TS Tidbits

    How to obtain and use the Enterprise Update Scan Tool

    This article describes how to obtain and use the Enterprise Update Scan Tool that is included in some security bulletin releases. It describes where you can obtain the February 8, 2005 Enterprise Update Scan Tool. Then, the article discusses how to analyze...
  • .net and other interesting dev stuff in PA

    Refactor! for Visual Basic 2005 Beta 2

    This is definitely a great thing for VB.NET developers, and highlights how our strong developer partner community helps to improve the developer experience. Per the download page: Refactor! for Visual Basic 2005 Beta 2 is a free plug-in from Developer...
  • TS Tidbits

    Exchange Support for Novell GroupWise 6

    Microsoft offers two connector products for co-existence with and one product for migration from Novell GroupWise: • Microsoft Exchange Connector for Novell GroupWise • Microsoft Exchange Calendar Connector • Microsoft Exchange...
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    Bug bashing

    Wow, I don't seem to have blogged for a long time. We're pretty busy right now baking our next DSL Tools Community Tech Preview (you know, the one that's gonna run on top of Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2). Today we had a bug bash. Essentially this is where...
  • TS Tidbits

    80 minute hands on lab: New and Valuable Features of Windows Server 2003 (Service Pack 1): Security Configuration Wizard

    The objective of this lab is to provide students with a working knowledge of the Security Configuration Wizard. The Security Configuration Wizard allows a systems administrator to deploy over 50 role-based configurations on a server to customize security...
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