Ian Moulster's blog

A Microsoft employee translating Microsoft technology into plain English
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    Visual Studio 2005 Express - Free product

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    In case you missed it: While there were plenty of announcements at the launch events about benchmarks, discounts, etc, the one that I was happiest to see was that the Express editions of Visual Studio 2005 will be free of charge to download (SQL Server...
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    2,000 people help UK launch VS/SQL/BTS

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    It's happened: The main customer launch event for the UK took place yesterday, Nov 8th. It was a fantastic day for us, with 1,500 technical people and 500 "decision makers" (CxO, IT Manager, etc), two keynotes, a host of developer and IT Pro sessions...
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    Getting up to speed quickly on Visual Studio 2005

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    So you've downloaded the final version of Visual Studio 2005 from MSDN subscriber downloads (or got a free copy from attending a launch event). What's the best way to get up to speed quickly? How about some short - 10 to 20 minute - videos that walk you...
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    RoadToWinFX.com

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    It's been a quiet blog month for me so far as we are hurtling towards launch and I'm getting dragged into millions of things. However I thought I'd highlight this site: http://www.roadtowinfx.com/ . It's a good resource for independent (ie non-Microsoft...
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    UK launch getting full quickly

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    UK launch is filling very fast, at the rate we're going I'm told we'll be full in a week. So if you want to take part it's worth registering now instead of waiting. Register at www.microsoft.com/uk/launchtour2005
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    Free software at UK launch

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    Hot on the heels of the last blog: Here's something that might make it even more useful for you to attend the UK launch. My internal mole tells me that every attendee to the launch will get a free, completely unrestricted copy of Visual Studio 2005 Pro...
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    UK Launch of SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005

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    As you probably know, SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005 will be launching worldwide in November (Biztalk Server 2006 is also part of the launch, but we're only announcing Biztalk Server 2006 beta 2, we aren't launching the product at these events...
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    FrontPage vs Quartz Web Designer: Clearing the air

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    A number of people have asked me some searching questions since Quartz Web Designer (QWD) was aired at the PDC last week. For example: Is QWD replacing FrontPage? Why would I need FrontPage if I have QWD? Alternatively, why would I need QWD if...
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    What's hot from day 2 at the PDC?

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    Ok, 10 more things to be aware of that were talked about today (again in no particular order, and again these are just my personal views, take careful note of the disclaimer at the end of the posting!) And yes, I will be digging into these in more...
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    What's hot from day 1 at the PDC?

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    Day 1 of the PDC is done (apart from a meal with the Press tonight) - what's the scoop on features and announcements? The problem I have is there is just too much - if I list it all this will turn into a marathon posting. So I've decided instead to post...
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    Uncaging the leopard

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    Leopards shouldn’t be caged. And with a little help from Acrylic I’ve managed to set one free (well, in a virtual sense). Acrylic is a great product for doing clever vector or bitmap based artwork, and if you’re that way inclined you can produce some...
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    WinFS beta 1 available now for MSDN subscribers

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    We have released beta 1 of WinFS, the new relational file system for Windows that I'm sure you'll have heard about. It's only available to MSDN Subscribers at the moment - so feel free to get your MSDN Subscription now ! :-) There's also help documentation...
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    A .NET CF search class

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    There's a clever little feature on smartphones that I've been keen to replicate in my own .NET CF apps: It's the way searching happens when you're looking for a contact. It works like this: Let's say I'm looking for my friend Graham. I go to contacts...
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    Introducing w3Schools, plus here comes the PDC

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    As I'm a fairly simple sort of person I'm always on the lookout for resources that explain things in really simple terms. I don't have much time and I have too many priorities (sound familiar?) so I when I need to understand something I want to get straight...
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    (fun / off topic) Just an illusion

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    If you haven't come across this before, it's really quite surprising. Stare at the crosshairs in the centre of this picture. After a short while you'll notice that there is a green dot revolving around, replacing each purple dot in turn. Then if you...
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    Acrylic now exports XAML - so why do you care?

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    If you’re watching a number of blogs you will already have seen this news: The August CTP of Acrylic, the code name for our new graphics designer product, can export XAML. It’s an 81MB download but worth it. It might seem an unexciting announcement...
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    High level Vista features and benefits

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    We're making a fair amount of noise about Vista these days but it can still be fairly difficult to get a simple high-level summary of what's in it and why it's interesting. Or so I thought. This page on the PressPass area of ms.com is really useful...
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    Download WinFX extensions to VS2005 (beta)

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    In case you missed it, you can now download the extensions to Visual Studio 2005 for developing WinFX projects (well, a beta version anyhow). So, for example, once you've installed these and you start up VS2005 you'll see new project types for Avalon...
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    Illuminating Indigo

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    Indigo, or more correctly the Windows Communication Foundation, isn’t the easiest technology to grasp in a 30 second elevator conversation. But then neither is .NET, or Biztalk, or any technology that is reasonably complicated and doesn’t have an obvious...
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    Ghosts

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    I’ve decided that there’s a market niche that isn’t being exploited: Blog ghost writing. The concept is simple – you’re under pressure to write a blog that’s informative, clever, readable and just downright good. The problem is you a) don’t have the time...
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