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Duncan Mackenzie has too much time on his hands

May, 2004

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    Paul Vick discusses the question that just won't go away... VB or C#?

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    I get this question a lot, and I explain many of the same things that Paul goes through in this post, so I'd love it if more people would read this material: The "native" .NET language? In the comments on my post on language choice , Patrick asked “isn...
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    Visual Basic at the Movies now available for download...

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    Interested in VB at the Movies , but wanted to pull the video files local? Now you can... Click here to go to the download page .
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    Cyrus ruminates on the revelations of TechEd 2004...

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    Cyrus , recent addition to the C# bloggers list and poster of many posts, has been blogging extensively from TechEd... OMGTHXURGR8!!!! That's basically the message we got today concerning the work we're doing in the C# IDE for VS 2005. I ended...
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    The 'Chalk Talk' went well....

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    You can expect to see a MSDN TV version of this session at some point soon... should be pretty good quality, Anders was wearing a microphone... although it did fall off him for a bit :)
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    Anders Chalk Talk today at 2pm to 3:15pm (at TechEd 2004)

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    Swing by Cabana 5 today (May 26) at 2pm if you want to chat with Anders.... Erica Weichers is here and is going to try and record it, but if you are at TechEd you should come on by. (Just in case you don't know the name: Anders Hejlsberg is the designer...
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    Contents of a programmer's backpack

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    Returning to the room tonight I was greeted by an amazing spread of technology across the bed in my hotel room. Early in the day I had returned to my room only to realize that my cell phone was not in my pocket as expected, so I had proceeded to pull...
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    Paul Vick is in the house....

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    Paul Vick , language guy for Visual Basic and unofficial spokesman for Krispy Kreme (look at the picture to understand that comment), arrived yesterday at TechEd.... Look for him around the Developer Division Cabanas (5 and 6), the Visual Studio 2005...
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    New IIS site...

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    I wouldn't have known about this site, if the site's owner wasn't sitting behind me on the plane to TechEd, so I thought the rest of you might not know about it either :) TryIIS.com is a new site dedicated to resources for evaluating IIS, and contains...
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    At TechEd and waiting for your questions!

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    Headed over to registration today, very very busy... then to the Cabana with Erik Porter ... very very empty.... Erik and I then decided to head off to catch a pre-conference session, but even those were backed up due to the long registration lines. Oh...
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    Made it to San Diego...

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    I flew down to TechEd today, and I made it to the Marriott without any incidents... and I have my first 'Cabana' session tomorrow at 8:30 am... This means I'll be hanging out in the convention center, in the 'Cabana' area, in case anyone wants to drop...
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    TechEd and Rio... IV?

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    Like Eric , Brad , and Paul I will be at TechEd and am participating in the Rio tool for meetings. Feel free to look me up and schedule something if you'd like to talk about.... umm... VB / C# / Coding 4 Fun / MSDN ... or whatever...
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    The mind boggles...

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    And it doesn't even have to be implanted into the hand - clubbers can have the chip injected into any part of their body, as long as they are able to flash it in front of the scanner. (from http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_958267.html , found via...
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    Coming to TechEd? Play Halo for the PC? Have a fast laptop?

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    In an earlier post, I mentioned I was going to TechEd... and I said I would post my schedule when I figured it out... well, I haven't figured anything out yet, but I wanted to let folks know the most important thing: I will be bringing my Halo PC CD and...
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    101 VB.NET 2003 Videos Released onto MSDN

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    Recently we launched a series of videos about VB.NET onto the Visual Basic Developer Center , releasing them only a few at a time... but now we've finished that process and all 101 of the videos are available on the site. Just a little note: If...
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    Visual Basic Team Blog has launched...

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    Look for lots of posts from the upcoming TechEd conference as well as material around all things VB... Welcome to the VB Team Blog! ... We'll talk about the overall product and about all parts of it, not just the parts that are covered by existing blogs...
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    So many posts in so little time...

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    Cyrus (a developer with the C# IDE team) has obviously needed to blog for awhile, and when he finally did, he had a lot of material ready to go. Check out his 28 posts from the last 2 days ! Here's his first post: First blog entry A couple of week ago...
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    SteveJS discusses unmanaged/managed and mixed debugging in VS

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    Steve Steiner, a developer on the VS debugger team, fills us in on some of the differences between the different types of debugging that VS is capable of... Unmanaged Debugging vs. Managed Debugging vs. Mixed Debugging. All versions of VS support debugging...
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    Improving .NET Application Performance and Scalability

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    Those wild and crazy PAG guys are at it again... Summary: This guide provides end-to-end guidance for managing performance and scalability throughout your application life cycle to reduce risk and lower total cost of ownership. It provides a framework...
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    Eric posts the C# Team's schedule for TechEd 2004

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    Check out the full post for info on Eric's talk in particular... TechEd and the C# team ... Here's the full set of C# team activities while we're there Mon 5/24 (5:00PM - 6:15PM) - C# Best Practices - What's wrong with this code - Eric (Room 6A) Mon 5...
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    Going way back here... but I don't think I mentioned this before.... Gus Perez posts a Snippet Editor...

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    Snippets are a pretty cool feature of VS 2005.... aka Intellitasks to some... and Gus has created a tool to make them... (well, he did back in March.... :)) Snippy - A C# code snippet editor I made it my weekend project to hack up an editor for code snippet...
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    Enabling/Disabling AutoRun from your .NET application...

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    I answer quite a few questions on the forums on GotDotNet , and sometimes those answers are interesting enough (in my opinion) to be exposed to a larger audience.... Coding this particular one caused Brian Johnson to say... "cool", so it seems worth posting...
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    Duncan's VS.NET 2003 wouldn't run... and why that is good for you :)

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    Something must have changed, but I had no idea what it was... but suddenly, existing applications (the same version of which run fine on other machines) were crashing with IO errors, specifically "System.IO.IOException: The device is not ready.". ...
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    Eric Gunnerson discusses Enums, Validation and Versioning...

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    Giving us an early peek at his TechEd 2004 talk, Eric discusses how to handle enums in your code, since they are not constrained to the list of options you define in the enum and also because they can change in ways that could break your code in the future...
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    Profiling is fun...

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    Back in highschool, I cut lawns for a lot of people.... so many that it was really a summer job and kept me quite busy, and then in University I took a job laying sod for a landscape company.... kinda went from the amateur level to the professional there...
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    VB sessions at TechEd 2004...

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    Paul Vick (Technical Lead on the VB team and author of this book ) provides a list of key VB sessions scheduled for the upcoming TechEd conference... and his schedule for the week. TechEd 2004 sessions (from Panopticon Central) I'll be there too... and...
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