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  • Joe Stagner - Frustrated by Design !

    Developer Buzz at TechEd 2004

    I haven’t wanted to join the “Today at TechEd” blogging crowd, but we’re closing in on the end of the event and I did want to share some observations. There are two main things that I have found a bit surprising. 1...
  • Jason Zander's blog

    Creator of SourceSafe, CLR luminary, and now Team System guy Brian Harry has a new blog

    I was on the team which purchased OneTree software all those years back and had the pleasure of working for Brian Harry through several products including the formation of the CLR team back in '96 (he's the 'B' in the file format signature and I'm the...
  • John Lawrence (MSFT)

    Blog reactions to Visual Studio Team System

    Fahrid Mheir writes about his first reactions to Visual Studio Team System . He writes a neat summary about the areas of Team System that I'm part of: At its core, VSTS has a "work item" database, basically a "bug tracking" SQL database, but more...
  • My Name is Thayer. I am 3 Years Old

    In the Tub

    “Daddy, what kind of a boat is this?” “It's an ark.” “An ark?” “Yup.” “Like an ark-cordian?” “Uh....” “Or an aardv-ark-cordian?” “Uh....”...
  • .NET Security Blog

    Making Strings More Secure

    The standard System.String has never been a very secure solution for storing sensitive strings such as passwords or credit card numbers. Using a string for this purpose has numerous problems, including: It's not pinned, so the garbage collector can move...
  • Matt Powell


    There's a lot of excitement here at TechEd about the WSE release. I got to watch Keith Ballinger's WSE Messaging talk and Benjamin Mitchell 's WSE Security talk. Both talks had a full room. For some reason all the Connected Systems track presentations...
  • Eric Gunnerson's Compendium

    Nullable types in C#

    Nullable Types in C# One of the "late breaking" features in C# 2.0 is what is known as "Nullable Types". The details can be found in the C# 2.0 language spec . Nullable types address the scenario where you want to be able to have a primitive type...
  • jaybaz [MS] WebLog

    Time off

    In a comment on the Perfect Software Project, 2 of Todd's items are: - Training days. The company doesn't have to pay for it, but if I want to go to TechEd, don't make me take vacation to do it. - Allow some playing around in your code. Every now...
  • Chris Garty's Weblog

    Visual Studio Team System in May CTP

    My download of the May CTP is complete. The installation process includes an informative message about VSTS: Welcome to the Visual Studio 2005 Community Technology Preview May 2005 DVD This Community Technology Preview includes functionality...
  • Visual ActiveKent Sharkey .NET SE 3.11

    What is the future of VSS?

    In this Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) world (well, soon), what will become of our old companion, Visual SourceSafe ? Here's the Roadmap . (For those who don't want to RTFA, VSS is *not* part of VSTS, and there will be a VSS 2005, launching with...
  • Fabulous Adventures In Coding

    Marshal-by-ref versus Serializable Objects

    (There's been a sudden influx in blog readers asking me good questions, which is great. Be patient; I'll try to cover them over the next few entries.) In response to yesterday's entry on serializable JScript .NET objects, a reader asked ...
  • Visual ActiveKent Sharkey .NET SE 3.11

    What do superheroes do when they're not?

    Great set o' PhotoShopped images of assorted heroes in non-heroic positions . Including my personal favourite: TTFN - Kent
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