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Jeremy Mazner, Technical Evangelist

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  • Blog Post: IEvangelist's biggest challenge

    Sweet, the post about the IE job has been up for two hours, and already the blogsphere is making it clear why it will be a great challenge to tackle. David Betz: Wanted: Technical evangelist who has never tried Firefox Being a Lornhorn evangelist would be awesome as I believe in it's principles...
  • Blog Post: Non administrator: running with least privilege

    A reader emailed me a question about running under a non-administrator account in Windows today, which prompted me to do a little MSNSearch-ing. That lead me very quickly to Aaron Margosis's excellent blog . If you are interested in how you can get by in life without having to run every process as an...
  • Blog Post: XMLHTTP primer on ASP.NET Support Voice

    Brian Goldfarb sent me an email pointer to the latest ASP.NET Support Voice posting. This one covers implementing an AJAX-style experience using XMLHTTP to asynchronously fetch data from a web service . I also just noticed that Brian's link to Bertrand's post showing off how ASP.NET provides a simple...
  • Blog Post: Web Smart Client in the real world - MSDN Chat Feb 17

    In response to my previous posts about the spectrum of smart clients, I got an email from Mark Levison about an upcoming MSDN chat he's co-hosting: " No Touch Deployment in the real world ", on Feb 17 at 1pm (although 1pm in which time zone the page doesn't actually say!) Mark has built a real product...
  • Blog Post: Fiddler for HTTP inspection/debugging

    Via the IE team blog , it's Fiddler ! This tool looks great. When I worked on the Sharepoint Portal Server client components, I often spent a lot of time with the Windows Newtork Monitor tool, sniffing HTTP packets to see what requests Office XP or other clients were sending, and what responses the server...
  • Blog Post: VSLive Smart Client demo

    We had a good time with Soma's keynote at VSLive, and the folks at Fawcette have made the talk available via streaming media (and the transcript is over here ). Craig Neable represented our evangelism team as the demo jock, walking through our good-better-best smart client story. Fast forward to minute...
  • Blog Post: Chubby clients

    Soma , the VP of our Developer Division, mentioned last month that he’d be talking about Smart Clients at VS Live next week . I’m one of the lucky few folks in the evangelism team who got to help build the smart client demo that Soma will use during that talk. As Soma mentions, we’re going to show off...
  • Blog Post: Whidbey MSDN docs

    I spent a frustrating few minutes googling (and MSNSearching) for the online class reference and samples for the Whidbey version of WinForms . I couldn't get any promising hits from my searches. But a little manual searching turned up the complete reference , as part of the WinFX SDK on MSDN. There,...
  • Blog Post: InfoWorld Top 100 IT projects of 2004

    A colleague sent around a link to InfoWorld’s write-up of their top 100 IT projects for 2004 : “ As judges, our editors have an explicit bias toward multiple technologies used in innovative ways to serve well-defined business goals. ” The web site links to profiles of 7 of the projects. 4 of those relied...
  • Blog Post: Useful, and free: Lookout, XP Backup

    Nothing better than finding a couple of free utilities that are actualy useful. Lookout : this is a local search client that integrates with Outlook. I am quite impressed, it took about 15 minutes to index my exchange content, plus a couple .pst archives, plus everything in My Documents. Now I can do...
  • Blog Post: SP2 working well for me

    With SP2 released and available via Windows Update, I wanted to update all my machines. Here's my brief summary of how my upgrades went. Home machine #1: Toshiba Portege R100. Upgraded from XP SP1 to SP2 via Windows Update. Results: Flawless. Install completed without a hitch, the machine is running...
  • Blog Post: Jon Udell's blogs turn into a cover story

    Jon Udell has turned his series of blog entries on Longhorn into an InfoWorld cover story . His editor makes the point that the blogging drove some great discussion and contributions to the final article. It’s cool to see that discussions I took part in with Jon, like here and here , had an impact...
  • Blog Post: Allocating aligned memory in Windows

    A question came up on an internal alias about allocating memory blocks along page alignments, and it was harder than I expected to find the answer. So here is the link to _aligned_malloc on MSDN , and now Google can work its magic. http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/vclib...
  • Blog Post: Smart client bonanza

    I came across a bunch of smart client links today, perhaps these will be of interest to some of you. Beta versions of smart client patterns and practicies guide, including suggested usage of the Offline Application Block The just-released Smart Client Developer Center on MSDN Some marketing...
  • Blog Post: Evangelizing security in XP SP2

    I spent a bit of time recently away from Longhorn evangelism, in order to help with some XP SP2 evangelism. It sounds kind of funny to talk about evangelizing a service pack, I suppose, but SP2 has some pretty significant new security features in it. I was asked to help evangelize the Attachment Execute...
  • Blog Post: Using your existing C++ code with managed code

    Courtesy of Nick Hodapp , here's a great example of using Managed C++ to quickly and easily make existing C++ functionality available to .NET apps. It's a short and sweet sample, but I like it because it shows how easy it is to write a .NET class that wraps existing C++ functionality the...
  • Blog Post: Office 2003 XML file formats

    While responding to an earlier comment, I came across a nice write-up from Mike Gunderloy of Microsoft's recent decision to license the XML schemas used by Office 2003 apps. There was a lot of news coverage when the Office team filed patents to cover these file formats, but they did establish a program...
  • Blog Post: The cost of frequent bits updates

    Sharing Whidbey interim releases more frequently (Mark Cliggett, via JayBaz , via Scoble ) with our developer community is a great step for MS, I think. I love to see the Whidbey team being more open and engaged with the community On the other hand, there are downsides to having frequent releases...
  • Blog Post: No code is too old for .NET!

    What do you do when you want to innovate on top of 1.4M lines of 20-year old C code? Code so ancient that your Chief Architect describes it as “so crufty and esoteric that we couldn't even understand it sufficiently in a single release cycle” Why, you integrate it with .NET !
  • Blog Post: Smart Clients today

    Trying to address the continuing complaints about too much Longhorn blogging and not enough “what can I do today?” blogging: It looks like there will be some pretty good content at this year's DevDays (Feb 23rd through Mar 24 at various locations around the US, and also France .) Check out...
  • Blog Post: Valley speaker series on Friday

    Here’s a chance for developers in the Bay Area to hear about Microsoft’s efforts to provide more opportunities for ISVs and solution providers. Mark is General Manager of a team in my organization that is focused more on creating value and opportunity today, versus my team’s Longhorn...
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