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  • Chris Pratley's Office Labs and OneNote Blog

    OneNote for Blog Prep

    I've already switched from Word to OneNote to prepare my blog entries. I didn't like maintaining more than one idea in a Word doc. I get a few ideas going at a time, and I create a page for each one in a section I have dedicated to my blog. When I get...
  • David Gristwood's Blog

    More about "Developing Software for the Future Microsoft Platform"

    Since the ISV event “ Developing Software for the Future Microsoft Platform ” I mentioned in my last blog , a number of articles have appeared in the press about it, from Computer Weekly , c|net , and a rather bizarre one in it-analysis ....
  • Chris Pratley's Office Labs and OneNote Blog

    OneNote at ComDex - A Day to Remember

    I guess I forgot to tell you all the story of the "day I won’t forget" in the last post. It actually started the night before. Announcing a new product is a carefully orchestrated affair. A press release is produced and queued up. This is sent in...
  • Bing it on

    An Accentuated Alliteration

    (That title was sugegsted by Preeti - can't take credit (or blame) for it). Just heard a lovely song by Ella Fitzgerald , " Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered ", which reminded me of another lovely song by Tom Jones , " Funny, Familiar, Forgotten,...
  • Chris Pratley's Office Labs and OneNote Blog

    Going Public with OneNote

    November 18th, 2002 is a day I am not likely to forget. I was in Las Vegas for Comdex. We had been running silent on OneNote from the beginning, not mentioning it more than necessary internally, and certainly not to anyone outside of Microsoft except...
  • Chris Pratley's Office Labs and OneNote Blog

    The Acid Usability Test

    Designing software is fun fun fun. During the OneNote project we had countless hours of brainstorming design sessions full of laughs and great ideas. There's really nothing quite as intellectually stimulating as a tough intellectual problem, 3-5 smart...
  • Mitch Walker

    New Camera: Canon Digital Rebel

    So I picked up a new camera last week, a Canon Digital Rebel. Quite a big improvement over my previous digital, a Nikon CoolPix 995. Unfortunately there hasn't been a good day to take it outside and try some shots, what with the WA weather and all. I...
  • Five Testers From VC

    Testing the C++ Compiler - Introduction

    [Ron] Inspired by Gus’ recent post on testing the C# compiler , I thought I’d talk a little bit about how we test the C++ compiler. Before I do that, though, I should talk about the organization of the VC test team to put things in context...
  • digitalnetbizz's WebLog


    I have been starting to use CLR Generics. Absolutely useful for day to day software design and implementation. using Generics = System.Collections.Generics; ... private Generics.IList<int> myList = new Generics.List<int>(capacity); myList...
  • Chris Pratley's Office Labs and OneNote Blog

    In or Out? That is the question.

    Some people ask me why OneNote is a standalone application, and not part of one of the Office suites (i.e. not "in the box"). There are advantages to being in the box for sure. One is distribution. A lot of people will see a new product if it is included...
  • Brad Abrams

    The trick with params

    I am doing some WinFX API reviews tonight and I ran across this pattern in a number of places: /*1*/ public virtual void AddNamedParameter(string parameterName); /*2*/ public virtual void AddNamedParameter(string parameterName, object parameterValue...
  • aaron's weblog

    U of Minnesota Recruiting Wrapup

    I have been really bad about blogging in the past week because it's just been nuts for me. Unlike Scoble, blogging tends to be the first thing I cut from my daily list of activities (a double-edged sword, for sure). In any case, I imagine that I will...
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