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  • Chris Pratley's Office Labs and OneNote Blog

    Field Trial

    We built OneNote in relative secrecy during 2001-2002. Well, it wasn’t cloak and dagger stuff - we just didn't make any effort to talk about it outside of Office - although rumours that Office was building some "TabletPC app" did spread to other...
  • Josh Heitzman's Blog

    UI Models Galore

    As I sit here going over eVC4.0 SP2 app wizard generated code, I'm thinking that, Microsoft, as a company, has created some difficulties for folks trying to develop for multiple CE platforms. First there is the choice of AYGSHELL (looks like PocketPC...
  • Kentc's SOAPbox

    There once was a OneNote Pure and Easy...

    You undoubtedly have read a lot of posts on that contain code snippets, insight into Longhorn, et al but for my money there’s no more interesting reading than Chris Pratley’s account on the birth of OneNote . Chris is the PM...
  • Cool Client Stuff

    How does the designer decide what properties to persist on a given component?

    Any component has a bunch of properties on it. For example, the WinForms Button control has properties like BackColor, ForeColor, Text, Name, BackgroundImage and so on. When you place a Button on the Form in the VisualStudio designer and look at the generated...
  • Tony Schreiner's Blog

    Long live the command line interface

    Josh links to the VSCMDShell project, which is an effort to provide an addin to Visual Studio to host the command prompt as a tool window. Very useful, plus a trivial WinForms app makes it a replacement to the default cmd.exe as well. I know there are...
  • Code/Tea/Etc...

    DirectX Drum Machine in C#

    A version of this code appeared recently on MSDN Belux , and it was so cool I asked Ianier Munoz if he'd mind turning it into a column for my Coding 4 Fun series.... lucky for me, he said yes and here we are You have got to check this one out...
  • Bing it on

    Tabbed windows and more

    I never thought I would find a feature so useful, but I am addicted to it. I just cleaned up my system and I found I missed the tabbed windows of CrazyBrowzer the most. Now why doesn’t IE add that to its list of features? (Mental note – Add...
  • Mitch Walker

    Quake Map Tools

    I was looking through a bunch of old code and came across some utilities in C# that handle loading the Quake MAP file format. There are several classes in this bunch: The basic MAP file parser that take the text based MAP file and loads it into...
  • shawn's blog

    PSA #6 Online

    Fear the Claw… Public Service Announcement #6 is now available for download. If you are new to the popular web series Red vs... Related... [ Red vs Blue ]
  • Josh Heitzman's Blog

    1 step forward, 2 steps back

    In addition to native libraries, I also work on our connectivity technology, specifically the pieces that get us initially connected to the emulator, so the rest of the connectivity stack can then be deployed to it. Today I believe I got the final pieces...
  • The Wayward WebLog

    Terminal Atrocity

    I'm sitting at home using VPN to connect into work. I'm downloading one of the later builds of whidbey and all of our source tree. It's going to take a long time. At least I'm not doing it manually, my home computer is talking to my work machine using...
  • digitalnetbizz's WebLog

    Yukon PDC bits and XQuery ...

    If you have Yukon PDC beta bits and you are utilizing XQuery for your next project, you got to try this out. Maybe this is old news but it's sure beneficial to me. 1. Create a new database with SQL Server Workbench. 2. Create a table that allows Xml...
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