June, 2007

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About My WebLog

I currently work on Microsoft Windows.  I have previously worked on the Reporting Services team where I owned several of the rendering extensions.  I've been with Microsoft almost 15 years.  Paradoxically, the time has absolutely flown by yet it feels like forever ago when I attended first day NEO (New Employee Orientation) training.

This blog is an outlet where I can voice my ideas, solicit feedback, link to useful information, and ask for help.  This is a technical blog only but is not limited to talk about Security or Reporting Services or even Microsoft technologies.  My personal blog is located at http://donovani.spaces.live.com/.

If you wish to contact me about a topic not discussed in a blog entry, you can use the Email button at the top of the blog or use your favorite client to send a message to: donovan dot smith at microsoft dot com.

Thank you.

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    Useful IE Shortcuts

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    Ones I use all the time are: Alt-D Moves focus to address bar and selects the current location Ctrl-W Closes the current window/tab Ctrl-E Moves focus to the search box Ctrl-Q Thumbnail view of all open tabs Ctrl=(1-8) Moves to the corresponding tab ...
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    TFS + Visual Studio = Better Together

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    In a world where TFS and Visual Studio work together, I’d like to see the IDE make use of more of this meta information it has available on the server. For instance, let’s assume my checkins have been granular. If I am fixing a defect in a particular...
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    Virtual Files in Visual Studio

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    I’d like to see the idea of virtual files be added to the Visual Studio IDE. By this, I mean being able to easily define and assign custom tags to members. A dockable window or top-level menu shows all tags defined in this solution and selecting one or...
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    UPNP == Shared Gaming?

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    UPNP media servers like TVersity allow some degree of two-way communication between server and client. Could this infrastructure be used to create simple games that run across devices (say like a Skip Bo game played on my son’s Wii when he's vacationing...
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    Smarter Intellisense

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    While I'm on the topic of improvements I'd like to see done to Visual Studio, how about smarter Intellisense? For example: Why doesn't VisualStudio suggest the arguments for you when you have local variables with matching names?
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    Persistent Notes

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    I'd like to have the ability to attach “notes” to the code that bubble up and down (for example, RicoM ’s perf cost estimate notes). These notes are a special comment tag in the xml documentation for a method. They automatically appear as a distinctly...
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    Improved Visual Studio Code Navigation

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    An area I'd like to see improved in a future release of VS is around code navigation. Specifically, I'd like to see the following suggested improvement: When the developer enters a method in the active code window, an optional set of dockable windows...
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    about:blank

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    I like being able to specify multiple home pages that automatically load when I launch IE, but I hate waiting on them to load. I went back and forth on this until it finally dawned on me to set the first home page to about:blank. Now when I start IE,...
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