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About aWorkBlogByGus

My name is Gus Perez and I'm a Principal Development Manager at Microsoft on the Cloud Tools team. We're responsible for the Windows Azure Tools and the Live Framework Tools as well as some other stuff. Prior to this project, I've worked on J++, C++, the first three versions of C#, and DTG. This blog is mostly work related topics (hence the wildly creative and witty name) while my personal blog covers everything else. I can also be found on Twitter from time to time here.

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    Double-quotes inside a verbatim string literal

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    This one came up today in an internal discussion alias and reminded me of how many times I've seen people get stumped on this one and end up working around it. A lot of users have used verbatim string literals as they ease writing multi-line strings literals...
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    Another upcoming C# language chat

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    We've got another C# language chat coming up tomorrow at 1pm (PACIFIC time). Scott has posted all the relevant links and schedules but here's a direct link to the actual entry for tomorrow's session . I won't be there but there will be plenty of team...
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    Static fields in generic classes

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    One of today's questions had to do with how static fields work in generic types in the upcoming C# 2.0 . For example, what would the output be from the following code? using System; class Gen<T> { public static int X = 0; } class Test ...
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    Warning CS1668: Invalid search path...

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    We once again saw a few reports of folks running into the CS1668 warning every time they used the C# compiler when we released Beta 2. For those who use the /warnaserror+ compiler option, it blocks compilation as it gets promoted to an error. To some...
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    I think I can...I think I can...

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    Today, I realized it had been a lot longer than I thought since I last posted on this blog. It's actually been over three months which just isn't all that cool. I haven't even been posting much on my personal blog which I used to keep at least somewhat...
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    Rusty posts about MSDN Feedback

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    Rusty , my manager, seems to have started blogging again and I'd missed it so far. He's got some interesting posts so far. Here's a link to his latest on how it's going with the MSDN Feedback site and how the community bug reports and suggestions compare...
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    Pete blogs about sign offs...

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    Pete, our "box" QA guy, has started a blog where he plans on covering C#, testing, and plane-building. His first work-related post talks about QA signoffs and has plenty of info on how things get done. His first plane-building post is also very interesting...
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    Another C# Chat coming up...

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    Spreading the word... Next C# Chat is on 4/21 at 1pm Pacific Time. You can read all the details on Scott's post .
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    The new MSDN Forums

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    If you haven't already, be sure to check out the new MSDN forums site that just went up recently. It's got a ton of different message boards and there's already plenty of activity going on. If you want to jump straight into the C# related forums, head...
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    C# compiler bug workaround

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    We've received a couple of reports of people running into this internally and I figured it was worth posting about for anyone who searches for information on the problem. It's a very easy workaround and I think most would be able to figure it out on their...
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    C# Language Board

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    Oh, and one more thing, it's been up since October 2003 and is very much alive and kicking today mostly thanks to a few regulars (Ryan (Kardax), AlanFo, Scouser, and co.). The C# Language Board on GotDotNet has some pretty interesting discussions on C#...
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    Jobs, AppWeeks, and Beta 2 in the oven...

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    It's been busy but it's been worth it. Lots has been done over the last couple of months and beta 2 should be a good one. Because we've been a little shorthanded lately it's been a bit busier even but we've made some progress on that front with some new...
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    Santosh speaks...

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    Santosh, who I have the pleasure of working with everyday, has posted a really interesting entry on what it feels like to be a software tester at Microsoft. Absolutely one of the most interesting and well-written posts I've ever had the pleasure of reading...
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    Nullable and more nullable...

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    If the mixture of the word 'nullable', question marks, and C# are interesting to you then you you might want to check out the blogs of a couple of my peers: Peter (C# Compiler Dev lead) and Luca (C# Compiler PM). They've started posting on their blogs...
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    More C# bloggers

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    A couple of more C# bloggers! Welcome Scott and Raj . I've added them to the list of C# team bloggers I'm still sort of maintaining. If I'm missing anyone, let me know and I'll fix it up.
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    RightSideUp v1.1 now available

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    I just fixed up a few minor bugs in RightSideUp that had been reported by a few users over time (mostly avoiding some unhandled exceptions in some corner cases and a few cosmetic things). Not a huge update overall but still probably worth the quick download...
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    C# game development in progress...

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    I just ran across Benjamin Nitschke's blog where he's keeping a daily journal (with cool screenshots and all) of his work on a new game he's working on in C#. Pretty cool and very interesting stuff. Here's a link to the first entry in the series (though...
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    Another C# chat coming up (11/18 at 1pm PST)

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    We're having another chat in a couple of days. I'm definitely going to try to be there as will others on the team. See Scott's post for links to more details.
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    Global conditional symbols in C#

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    Recently, I got slightly different questions from folks who weren't aware of the /define command-line compiler option in C#. The thinking was they needed to define a conditional-symbol (in specspeak) defined for their entire project and, to do so, they...
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    Obsoletion feedback

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    To the two readers I have that don't already read Brad's blog, be sure you check out his entry on obsoletion in the framework . We're trying to get some feedback to get a good idea of where people stand...
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    Personal blog

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    Finally got around to setting up a separate personal blog . Head on over to http://jixal.com if you're interested in what will probably be much more frequent ramblings from yours truly.
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    Gmail and another boring update...

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    Just got my Gmail account. It's pretty nice overall. I like the labeling system and how threads work in general. I also found the Gmail Notifier application which makes using gmail even better. It doesn't seem to be listed on Google's main labs page or...
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    Wanna join the C# team?

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    We've got a few positions open on the Visual C# QA team and we're looking far and wide to find the right folks to fill them. If you're interested and feel you have the passion and skills we're looking for then I really hope we'll be hearing from you soon...
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    Eric moves on...

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    Eric has decided to try something new after what I believe has been close to 10 years of compiler land (C++ and then C#). Eric was my first manager at MS when C# was about to go from SafeC to COOL. I've really enjoyed working with him over time and it...
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    I can now type freely...ahhh.

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    I installed XP SP2 RC2 a little over a week or so ago. The greatest thing happened as a result though I just realized it was possible. I can now type without any worries in the Address bar in IE that it will not interrupt or move my caret around if my...
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