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  • Blog Post: "Lost" and found

    Where have you been? Assuming I haven’t lost all my readers by now, due to my silence, this seems to be a reasonable question. Does anyone out there watch “ Lost ”? I ended up getting hooked in the beginning and now I can’t avert my eyes. As I wrote this blog, I felt the...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 2 is here

    Delivering on the earlier promise , here are some links to Silverlight v2. Silverlight home page Silverlight 2 Launch page Dowload ScottGu's blog has the details you have come to expect. Cool SL2 page: HardRock Memorabilia site . Note, I had to close my browser after installing SL2...
  • Blog Post: RTM of Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (Client App Deployment)

    I wanted to thank all the ISV's, VAR's, and SI's I have spoken with and those who have replied to my requests for soliciting feedback on Client Application Development (e.g., Software as a Service (SaaS) and Rich Internet Applications (RIA) ). This release has a number of significant features and...
  • Blog Post: Configuring Visual Studio to Debug .NET Framework Source Code

    Earlier I posted a link to the announcement on ScottGu's blog about the framework source availiability for debugging. I wanted to follow-up with my experience using the reference source. I found the installation instructions on "Configuring Visual Studio to Debug .NET Framework Source Code" on Shawn...
  • Blog Post: Extensibility; Clients and Services calling each other

    In this post I will be showing sample code (also found on our CodePlex site ) as well as an execution sequence diagram. I will show sample code addressing some frequently asked questions; A Host calling AddIn services, AddIns calling (aka. Automation) a Host, AddIns calling AddIns, Managing AddIns (utilizing...
  • Blog Post: You asked for it (AddIn pipeline generator)

    After all, our job is to make your life easier. I have received a *lot* of requests for a tool that can generate the Add-In pipeline segments. Ever since we mistakenly left comments in our MSDN articles code about the pipeline source being machine generated, some of you noticed that we may have been...
  • Blog Post: Winforms, WPF and AppDomain isolation

    We just posted a solution to consider for the F.A.Q. of how to enable isolatable WinForms applications. Check out this link . This solution may be considered relative to my previous post and subsequent comments. Note that WPF startup performance costs may be mitigated by applying the [LoaderOptimization...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 RTM

    It's official. We have released to manufacturing. I am personaly very excited about the Add-in addtions to the BCL, but you can also find over 250 new features in this release (e.g., LINQ). Check out the new release here .
  • Blog Post: TechEd 2007 F.A.Q.

    Hola! I just returned from TechEd 2007 held in Barcelona, Spain. Barcelona is a beautiful city with incredible new and old architecture. The people are very friendly and even I was able to navigate the clean public transportation systems. Yes, I am one of those people that get lost easily and never...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Developers conference

    TechEd is shaping up to be a huge event in part due to the fact that we will not have a PDC this year. Jesse and I will be doing a presentation on the Add-in model, and participating in a chalk talk among other things. If you have an opportunity to attend the conference please feel free to stop by and...
  • Blog Post: .Net 3.5 for ISV’s, Channel 9 video

    We have modified the Soapbox video by moving the WPF on BCL Add-in model demo to the start of the video and we have posted this updated video to Channel 9 . The video will also be on the Channel 9 home page for a while. From James, “Several weeks back James Vastbinder was able to coax Jack Gudenkauf...
  • Blog Post: Is that Brad Pitt on www.wevegottaguy.com?

    Check out http://www.wevegottaguy.com/ and see if you recognize that handsome guy representing the Small Business Specialists ;-) The videos on the right hand side are pretty darn funny. Pure Improve! It was a pleasure working with these skilled actors in these skits. Apparently my videos are coming...
  • Blog Post: .Net framework source code released

    Recently I was speaking to a group of ISV's and Enterprise partners and as we spoke about the continued transparency of Microsoft, I vaguely mentioned more is coming. Well, here it is. ScottGu's blog post goes into the details of opening up our framework source code to the developer community. Enjoy...
  • Blog Post: What’s new in the .Net Framework 3.5 (Orcas)

    Visual Studio (VS) 2008 and .Net 3.5, code named “Orcas”, will be released in the near future. This release includes a number of new features and bug fixes. The release includes new major features such as LINQ , Cider (The VS WPF designer), “ Crossbow ” (WPF and WinForms interoperability), and my personal...
  • Blog Post: Is he getting on his Soapbox again?

    Last year, I did a webcast when I was attending an SI (Solution/System Integrator) Architect conference in Paris. Ah, Paris in the spring, love the Champs-Elysees and the Aviation club in particular. The webcast was done as part of an ISV webcast series. I blogged about this webcast previously but...
  • Blog Post: Lights, Camera, Action!

    Another Paris Hilton, Pam Anderson, Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears, or Political video? Nope, Sorry. All business on this site. I was recently interviewed by James Vastbinder, an ISV Platform Strategy Advisor for Microsoft. We discussed the needs of ISV’s and what’s new in the pending Orcas...
  • Blog Post: We saved the best for last!

    VS 2008 and .Net 3.5 Beta 2 (code name "Orcas") is now available. Here is the link to download . I am extremely excited about this release due to a number of features that I have been passionately advocating on behalf of the customer for several years. For all those customers who have been...
  • Blog Post: Side by Side CLR's in Process!

    It's a great time to be a managed code developer! Our fearless leader, Jason Zander , has just blogged about our plans to enable the frequently requested feature of in-proc SxS CLR's . To date, it has been difficult for me to respond (i.e., not comment) to inquiries from ISV's about our plans to enable...
  • Blog Post: RIA and Silverlight product announcement

    I asked a few questions on SaaS and RIAs in a previous post . Thank you all for your feedback. And for all those customers I spoke with that kept asking me for what's comming in this space and were tired of hearing me say "I can't say what's comming but you will be impressed", it's here! Today, Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Add-In’s (CLR and VSTA)

    We have gone through some naming changes with WinFX and .Net . And we have gone through a few on the MAF (Managed AddIn Framework), the WinFX AddIn model and System.AddIn. The previous are all terms we use to discuss the Add-In model in the broad sense. I admit, with my carpel tunnel, MAF is a lot easier...
  • Blog Post: Out of Process IPC/TCP Remoting code

    Click this link for a description of the source code I have attached the VS solutions in the file : SourceSolution.zip View Source: Show Code ... HostApp project – RemotingSamples Program.cs using System; using System.Collections.Generic; using System.Text; // RemotingServices...
  • Blog Post: .Net Remoting (AppDomains, Out of Process, Two Way, etc..)

    I previously wrote about bi-directional remoting over IPC (see .Net Remoting continued and .Net Remoting ). Several people asked for complete sample code. Ok, the squeaky wheel gets the attention. This could be an indication of my poor writing skills ;-) or the difficulty in figuring out remoting, or...
  • Blog Post: Winforms and System.AddIn

    This posting is in response to a F.A.Q. (Frequently Asked Question) I receive regarding the Add-In model and Winforms . To be clear, there is nothing in the Add-In model that prevents rich isolatable Host/AddIn UI scenarios. Support for AppDomains and/or Process boundaries enables unloadability and...
  • Blog Post: Secret revealed

    In a previous post ( Extra, Extra – Read all about it! ) I mentioned an upcoming highly requested feature. Well, it’s here. Last night we released the Visual Studio, code name “Orcas” March 2007 CTP. In this release you will find a number of VS, Language, and Platform features. And the System AddIn library...
  • Blog Post: Extensibility (Add-In) Guidance

    I have been asked on several occasions to articulate type versioning and isolation (and ensuring types do not leak) semantics. I worked with the CLR Add-In team to define and document these semantics relative to the System.AddIn model but you can certainly apply this knowledge to your .Net development...
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