Donovan Lange's Work-Blog

My name is Donovan Lange. I'm a Software Design Engineer on Microsoft Office OneNote. This is my work-blog, a place to talk about OneNote, Microsoft, and programming. Geeky stuff. I also keep a life-blog, for the "other" things in my life.

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    SortLines macro for Visual Studio

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    Ever want to quickly alphabetize a part of your code? I couldn't for the life of me find a way to do this within Visual Studio, so ended up writing my own. Here's a macro that you can use (and bind to a keyboard shortcut) within your own Visual Studio...
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    Visual Round Trip Analyzer

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    Jim Pierson writes about the new Visual Round Trip Analyzer (VRTA) tool that was just released to download.microsoft.com , highlighting 12 easy tips for developers looking to speed up their web applications. Having been a long-time user of VRTA internally...
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    SuperSecret Stuff

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    (Or not.) There's been a lot of dead air on this channel, and I should apologize for that. We've been hard at work on some new, exciting projects which soemehow have managed to steal all of my free time. Really though, that's an excuse -- mostly I...
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    Windows Search 4

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    There was quite the buzz around the office today about the newly released Windows Search 4. Amongst other things, this release improves the performance and stability over previous versions of Windows Search (read: the search included natively in Windows...
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    The Knob lives!

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    I just installed the latest Powermate drivers on my x64 Server 2008 machine. And everything actually worked . Go Griffin!
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    PowerShell Community Extensions on Server 2008 x64

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    Thanks to the tip by Jon Davis , I found the following workaround for the somewhat-annoying error: Cannot load Windows PowerShell snap-in [..] because of the following error: No Windows PowerShell Snap-ins are available for version 1. when opening...
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    Reasons you use OneNote?

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    My girlfriend just emailed me. She mentioned that someone at her work saw her using OneNote, and asked her why she liked it. And she wasn't able to give him a very convincing argument (she claimed that was because "she's probably not using it to it's...
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    The return of the knob

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    (Cross posted from L/J ...) After much fiddling, it turns out that one can get the Griffin PowerMate to work under Vista. You just need some patience. And a bit of luck. In particular, you need to: Run the installer. Copy the Control Panel...
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    Beta 2

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    Now that OneNote 2007 Beta 2 has been out for a couple of days, I'm curious to hear your thoughts. While I'm probably directly responsible for your gripes regarding: Migration, Tables, Drag and Drop, along with the updated UI, I'd love to hear your feedback...
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    Speaking of cool toys...

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    How do you get ride of those extra keyboards and mice? With Synergy , of course! In the Office org, it's pretty standard for most devs to have at least two machines. You've got your somewhat beefy dev box for coding, an older machine to dogfood builds...
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    Bugs? What bugs?

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    Version 1.0.1 of the OneNote Managed DataImport classes has been released, and addresses the following issues: Importing into OneNote 2007 Beta1/TR now works. Custom sizes are now handled correctly. Grab the new version from here . Oh yeah...
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    ASCII eye-candy:

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    I use a lot of command prompts on a day to day basis. And w ith several source code enlistments on my machine each requiring different environments, it's sure hard to keep track of them all. Yeah, there's some background color/font/title tricks that you...
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    Sign on the dotted line:

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    Be the first to know. (Or at least the second or third.) http://www.microsoft.com/office/preview/default.mspx
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    Want to win a Toshiba Portege M200?

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    POWER UP Your OneNote PowerToy Contest "Show the world how you Power Up OneNote with the add-on functionality of PowerToys. It's your opportunity to influence the future of OneNote. It's your chance to wow a global audience. And it's your shot at winning...
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    Today is "We Love AJ Day!"

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    February isn't just about President's Day and Valentine's Day. Move over, there's a new holiday in town. Check out AJ's latest expose in five parts: An In Depth Look at the OneNoteImporter Managed Assembly ( II , III , IV , and V ), where he goes undercover...
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    Speaking of hot:

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    Darron Devlin just released two new PowerToys: a OneNote Image Writer (a virtual printer driver that can be used to print any document directly to your OneNote notebook) and WebPageToOneNote (adds a button to your IE toolbar that captures an image of...
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    Get it while it's hot!

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    Unless you took the day off yesterday, you probably heard that there's a new service pack in town. What with all that goodness included, you'd best be installing. And quick, too. You won't want to miss this. The first two PowerToys for OneNote SP1...
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    Caution: addictive material! Handle with care.

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    It was more difficult than we expected. Our fingers are exhausted, and we won't even talk about the truly frightening quantities of Mt. Dew that were consumed. The end result: a shiny pile of ones and zeros we think you'll want to meet. Previously...
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    Mixed Metaphors

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    I've been meaning to talk about some of the design decisions regarding OneNote DataImport for a while now... If OneNote was a house , you could think of our SP1 as the ultimate in remodelling. Trading Spaces on crack: new hardwood floors, reupholstered...
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    OneNote Power Toys

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    Chris Pratley recently mentioned various ideas for OneNote Power Toys . Personally, I'd really like to see: A Journal Importer that cracks open journal files, creates a new page (in a user specified section) in the OneNote Notebook, and then imports...
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    Ask and ye shall receive

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    AJ has been working busily on the documentation of the OneNote DataImport APIs. This morning, he posted an early draft to his blog . (Introduction here , as well as our complete XML schema .) Hats off to Andrew for his incredible work on this! Go show...
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    Bigger than a breadbox?

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    Since posting our SP1 Preview to the web, we've gotten a lot of requests for documentation on our new DataImport APIs -- newsgroup posts, emails, blog entries, the guy standing outside of my apartment this morning -- all asking the same thing. “What...
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    Inaugural Post

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    First, the boring stuff: Hi, I'm Donovan. I've been a developer on Microsoft Office OneNote since starting at Microsoft last June. (As the latest addition to our developer team, people just call me the new guy. That's "Mr. New Guy" to you. :) This isn...
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