hari's WebLog

or "a day in the life of an SDK dude"

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    July CTP is live!

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    Check it out, the July CTP is at http://msdn.microsoft.com/subscriptions/ You'll need to be a valid MSDN subscriber to have access to these bits. Remember to check off samples when you install VS (this is unchecked by default) if you want to install the...
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    Onwards to PDC 2005!

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    With Tech Ed Orlando now done, it's time to start focussing on the PDC. PDC is where my team really comes alive, developers are the heart and soul of the SDK customer and the biggest developer conference of them all is a big event for everyone I work...
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    PDC 2005 site live!

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    The PDC (Professional Developers Conference for those of you that are TLA challenged :) ) has been updated and the push is on towards PDC 2005. Check it out at http://msdn.microsoft.com/events/pdc/ I'm an advisor on the Fundamentals track, and it's been...
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    SDK Samples now available for download

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    As I promised in my last post, we've made the samples from the .NET Framework SDK 2.0 Beta 2 available for download at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=0F58989B-C02D-43D1-AB89-1C0B0B68741A&displaylang=en This includes all the...
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    .NET Framework 2.0 SDK Beta 2 Released!

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    Wow that's a mouthful! But yes, we've released the .NET Framework SDK Beta 2, you can get all versions (32/64bit) from http://lab.msdn.microsoft.com/vs2005/downloads/netframework/default.aspx Check it out, we have a ton of new samples, revamped Quickstarts...
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    Conference SWAG - Whats you're fav?

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    So our group is getting down to deciding what representation we will have at Tech Ed '05 in Orlando. I'm looking forward to meeting with you folks, I'll probably be hanging around the Cabana, will know for sure in the next couple of days. I'm also the...
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    Halo 2 Updates coming!!

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    After spending around 20 hours a week playing Halo 2 on XBox Live, I'm ready to start taking out contracts on cheaters. Seriously, how much fun is it to be a stats wanker when all you did was hit "pause" on your modem. Happily, it looks like Bungie is...
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    Updated connection string for OLEDB provider for SQL Server 2005

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    So I was playing around with an ASP.NET page connecting to SQL Server 2005 using the OleDB managed provider (not recommended BTW - if you're writing managed code against SQL Server 2005 you should be using the SqlClient), and my code, which used to go...
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    ASP.NET Cookie Issues...

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    I finally got the solution to a cookie issue I've been messing with for the last 2 months. My ISP recently upgraded to Win2K3 server. Everything on my site worked great, except that my cookies expired after 30 minutes. I tried everything, searched high...
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    Quickstarts anyone?

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    Got some good feedback from my last post, Mitch said he'd be interested in creating the DirectX managed screensaver, so look for it in the upcoming Whidbey SDK release. Keep those suggestions coming, I promise to follow up on them. I'll be pinging the...
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    .NET Framework SDK rocks.. or does it? :)

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    <stretch....> after several months hibernation, I've dusted off my blog. The new MSDN viewer is now being developed by another team, and I've moved away from doing design on that full time, and am now a consultant on that project. <another way...
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    Tech-Ed plans

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    Looks like I'll be at Tech-Ed in San Diego with Mitch Walker, working at the Terrarium labs. I'll bring along some screen shots and if I have early bits by then, I'll have my laptop with me, so if you do attend, please do drop by the Terrarium lab and...
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    SDK Home Page

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    I've been working on the SDK “home page” for the last couple of days and trying to figure out what should be on the default page that loads up when the user starts the SDK. I've come up with a couple of things that I think would be useful...
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    installing locally and refreshing content...

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    Couple of thoughts on how a user would install content locally and how they could refresh content... For offline use, (or if your internet connection isn't as fast as you'd like), a user could choose to install an “SDK”... For example...
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    Does size matter...

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    So we've been having some interesting hallway conversations ( someone should do a study on how hallway meetings are such a great alternative to doing real work ), and one of the things that came up was would it be OK if the Longhorn SDK came as one blob...
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    SDK Questions?

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    Edit : Hmmm... I just realized that maybe my post wasn't clear... I can't answer API questions, or product questions. I can answer things like “Why you dont you have xyz sample here“ or “do you ship a tool that does this...“.....
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    User Feedback

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    I finished Steve Krug's “Don't make me Think” yesterday. Most of his book makes a lot of sense, and I'm totally on board with him with regards to user testing. Historically the SDK viewer has very little user experience testing, mainly because...
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    Offsite blues

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    It's been a few days since my last post.. my team had an offsite last Friday to go over progress and also to get an idea of what everyone was working on and where we were at.( Funny how you'd think that watching paint dry is the most boring thing in the...
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    MSDN/SDK viewer first storyboard and primary principles

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    So it's day 2, and I'm starting to learn some more things about user interface design. Worked with an architect in the user experience group who's mentoring me and we came up with the first cut at a “storyboard“. The process of going from...
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    One small step for bloggers...

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    and one large step for me... Yup, I made it, I'm finally a blogger, I've watched the blogging activity happening around me at Microsoft with a lot of curosity, my main question being why the heck do they do it, and then today I saw the light. Earlier...
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