James @ MS

Personal adventures in the world of technology...

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    Are you going to register your copy of Visual Studio?

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    Dear Customers, I have a question for all of you: why do you register Visual Studio? We are currently crafting the registration experience for you in Whidbey. In the past, you were asked to register the product at the end of setup for one time only...
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    VS 2005 SDK 4.0 RTM is here!

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    We are really excited to announce that the VS SDK team has just taken the wraps off of the Visual Studio 2005 SDK 4.0 RTM release ! This is the final release on the VS 2005 platform. You can download it immediately from the Microsoft Download Center ...
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    Registration Benefits

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    Thanks for your feedback on registration. I have heard a variety of feedback, ranging from: “Hell no, I won't register even if you shoot me.” to “Let me know what I will get from it and I will register.” In Whidbey, we are...
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    VS SDK for Orcas Beta 1 (April CTP) is now available

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    Our team is happy to bring you the latest VS SDK that matches Visual Studio Orcas Beta 1 that was released last week. You can download it immediately from http://www.vsipmembers.com . What We Have Done · All samples have now been updated to work...
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    We shipped again! Here is the VS SDK 4.0 December CTP!

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    Hey fellow developers, It gives me great pleasure to announce that our team has just released the VS SDK 4.0 December CTP. You can go download this immediately from the here . Here are the highlights to this release: New Toolbar Combo Box...
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    Important workaround for VS 2008 SDK July CTP for building VS Shell!

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    Yesterday, we released the VS 2008 SDK that targets the Beta 2 release of Visual Studio. You can read all the details on our team blog . One of the most exciting things about this release is the ability for customers to build the VS Shell (isolated mode...
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    Building VS Shell with VS 2008 SDK July CTP

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    Since we shipped the VS SDK July CTP a couple of days ago, we have discovered a couple of issues that makes building your own VS Shell not as easy as we had hoped. I wanted to document all these issues and the workarounds here to unblock anyone who is...
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    Stop 1: Brussels, Belgium

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    Yesterday in Brussels, we made our first of a series of presentations in our European tour. I met up with Jean-Marc in the morning at the Microsoft office in Brussels. We ran through our preparation work one more time to make sure we have everything ready...
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    Our Community Plan

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    With the release of VS SDK 3.0 a couple of weeks ago, we are starting to look seriously into the enthusiast space for VS Extensibility. We have posted the SDK on a publicly downloadable site so developers don't need to join the VSIP program before downloading...
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    Upgrading VS 2005 Packages to VS 2008: A Basic Guide

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    Today, I heard several developers in the community experiecncing some trouble upgrading the VS 2005 package projects to VS 2008. So I took a look at what's going on and decided to blog about it here. Note that I am blogging about all the things that...
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    VS 2008 SDK 1.1 Beta & European Tour Kickoff!

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    Earlier today, we shipped the matching VS 2008 SDK for VS 2008 Sp1 Beta . We are calling this VS 2008 SDK 1.1 Beta, and it is available for download immediately here . Today, Jean-Marc and I are also kicking off the VSX European Tour in Brussels, Belgium...
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    Stop 2: Amsterdam, Netherlands

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    Bikes, lots of bikes. And trams too. Then there are also motorcycles, scooters, and cars. You better watch where you are walking while you are in Amsterdam! That was my first impression of this spectacularly amazing and energetic city! Jean-Marc and I...
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    VS 2005 IDE Tips and Tricks

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    As some of you may know, I used to work in the Visual Studio IDE team before I joined the Ecosystem team. While I was there, I worked on various IDE features such as Visual Studio settings, Window Management, Command/Menus, Toolbox, Task List/Error List...
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    Upgrading VS 2005 Packages to VS 2008: A more Advanced Guide

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    Since I made the last blog post on upgrading , I have received some good feedback that it was useful for basic scenarios. Unfortunately, there are some scenarios that sometimes the steps that I presented didn't work because of hard dependency on Microsoft...
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    Upcoming Book on VSX

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    I got pinged by Keyvan today. He and I have never met before, but he told me that he is in the process of writing a book on VSX, and would like our team to review it. My response is: OF COURSE! It's awesome to see that there are developers in the VSX...
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    Great News for VS Extenders and VSIP Partners!

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    What a great week for the VSX community! This week, we made several major announcements that will greatly benefit the VSX community. In a nutshell, here are the major announcements that were made: In response to customers' requests, we are removing the...
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    Customer Experience Program in Whidbey

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    Hello World! This is my first blog on MSDN - so I am going to take this opportunity to talk about the new Customer Experience Program in Whidbey. Internally, the Customer Experience Program is known as SQM (Software Quality Metrics). It is basically...
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    Help me with this API: use Koders.com

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    With the recent release of the VS SDK 4.0, we have partnered with Koders.com to index all the code in the VS SDK and makes it easily searchable. This will make life easier for our developers because now you can easily find sample code that uses the particular...
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    TechEd 2007, VS 2008 Shell, VS SDK

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    Several things happened over the last couple of days. Last Friday, we released VS Orcas SDK June CTP . This is our second CTP release that targets the VS Orcas SDK Beta 1 release. Then, yesterday TechEd 2007 kicked off at Orlando. Several of my teammates...
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    Barcelona, here we come!

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    We put on a good show last week at the VSIP Summit & Developer Conference. We had lots of attendees, lots of sessions, and lots of good food :) We are wrapping up both the VS 2008 SDK on our team, and working with the rest of the Division to wrap...
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    Quick Update on Ecosystem team, VS SDK, VS Shell, etc.

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    I can't believe it's been over a month since my last blog entry. Things have been pretty crazy here. Our team merged with a bunch of great folks over the UK, including Stuart Kent , Gareth Jones and Steve Cook who work on the DSL Tools. Now they are formally...
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    How to build a package for VS Shell

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    I said I would follow up with a post on how to build a VS Package that targets the VS Shell, so here it is. Creating a VSPackage for the isolated Shell is a little different than the other two scenarios because you will also need to create your own stub...
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    VS 2008 SDK August CTP released!

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    Our team just released the VS 2008 SDK August CTP late yesterday. This is very similar to the July CTP that we posted a week ago, but with some very small, targeted bug fixes that address two of the three key issues I brought up in my previous post in...
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    Stop 3: Munich, Germany

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    We are in Deutschland now and we visited the Microsoft Technology Center at Munich yesterday. It was a very nice set of buildings, and the meeting rooms are much more impressive than building 41 back in Redmond. They have multiple projectors and multiple...
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    Stop 4: Zurich, Switzerland

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    With the help of Rolf and Susan who organized the event, Jean-Marc and I presented to a user group in Zurich yesterday evening in a 3 hour session. We were somewhat disappointed at the low attendance - we only had about 20 people. But the audience was...
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