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About Kathy Kam

Kathy is a Senior Program Manager on the Windows Developer Ecosystem team responsible for developer outreach. She has extensive experience with designing and implementing UI Platforms and has a huge passion for connecting with the developer community.

She has been with Microsoft since 2001. She began her career in Microsoft as a UI developer for Microsoft Office Outlook, and shipped Outlook 2003 and Outlook 2007. She joined the .NET Framework team in October 2005, and worked on the Base Class Library team shipping .Net Frameworks 3.5. She moved on to joined the Silverlight team and was the PM Lead responsible for Silverlight controls. She shipped the control set for Silverlight 2 and Silverlight 3. In Windows 8, she joined the Windows HTML platform team to work on HTML/CSS layout and styling technologies and contributed to the W3C spec for CSS Grid Layout.

She went to high school in Sydney, Australia and graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with a Bachelor of Science in Enginneering (Computer Engineering) and Bacheor of Science (Mathematics) in 2001. She is also a member of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Honor Society - HKN.

In her free time, she enjoys writing apps, watching SciFi and spending time with her family.

  • Kathy Kam

    Partial Answer: "Double Trouble"

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    I am so sorry for not posting the answer to " Double Trouble " sonner. Vacation and busy work schedule has prevented me from doing so, but that's no excuse! Before I dive it why this won't work, I have to admit, you can't really tell without compiling...
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    Quiz of the Month: IsDaylightSavingTime() or not?

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    Question: Given your machine is in Pacific Time (PST) Time Zone, what is MainProgram.GetAnswer so that MainProgram.Test returns true? class MainProgram { static DateTime GetAnswer() { ???? } static bool Test() { DateTime...
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    I'm going on vacation for 2 weeks, and so is my blog!

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    I am so excited about my vacation on August 1st to August 17th. Since I will be on some beach in Thailand, it'll be unlikely that I'll be blogging or answering emails. I didn't annouce my vacation plans in June when I left and received some emails on...
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    More DateTime related discussions during pre-Whidbey release

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    While doing my System.DateTime and System.TimeZone investigation, I come across some old discussions of Date Time and Time Zone. With the US timezone changes coming soon, knowing about the "known" issues with Date Time will be important. DateTime FAQ...
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    Old DateTime and Time Zone FAQ

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    I need to update this FAQ: http://www.gotdotnet.com/team/clr/bcl/TechArticles/techarticles/datetimefaq.doc However before I get around to do it, I want to re-post it as is. If you are doing anything with DateTime, you should really read this. -...
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    IronPython RC1 released!

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    Hot off the press! IronPython RC1 has been released. If you haven't played with it yet, you really should. IronPython 1.0 is supposed to be compatible with CPython 2.4, so if you have any CPython 2.4 application, you should be able to port it to IronPython...
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    Lang.Net Symposium (aka Compiler Lab++)

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    Remember how I ran the Compiler back in March? Well, on Monday July 31th, we have a bigger and better MEGA Compiler Lab! (aka Lang.Net Symposium). This time, Thottam is running it and looks like they have a great agenda! Check it out here: http...
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    What are your Line of Business (LOB) Applications?

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    Aside from my DateTime/TimeZone projects, I want to study what are the essential controls in everyday Line of Business (LOB) Applications. A LOB Applications are applications that forms the backbone of running a business/enterprise. E.g. accounting applications...
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    Designing "Time Zone conversions"

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    The BCL Team has been spending a lot of time investigating on how to provide richer support for Time Zones. As the PM who owns System.DateTime, I am tasked with figuring out the scenarios that are important for our developers whose customers needs to...
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    Back from a long blogging break...

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    Wow.. it's been a month since I last posted. My apologies. June was a tough month... the BCL team has been busy designing our new set of features. (I should post some "learnings" of mine on driving these meetings. :)) I also went on vacation. It was just...
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    What's new in .Net Frameworks 2.0?

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    I've had several people asked me... "what's new in .NET Frameworks 2.0"? We actually do have a pretty comprehensive list on MSDN: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/t357fb32.aspx Are you looking for more details? Let me know what you want...
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    Want to work on the BCL?

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    Since Whidbey shipped, our team has been trying to fill some open headcounts in all disciplines. The open headcounts are to replace people whom have moved on to other things and to help with our expanded charter. We have open headcounts in UE, Test...
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    API Design: The why of "StringBuilder.AppendFormat()" design

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    "Why does StrignBuilder.AppendFormat() need anything more than AppendFormat(string, object[])?" -- Curious StringBuilder.AppendForamt user This is a great question. Before I begin, let's visit what overloads AppendFormat has.... AppendFormat( string...
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    Meet the BCL Team

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    Have you ever wonder who are the people behind the BCL? MSDN has this "Meet the BCL Team" page. The page have not been maintaned and was left outdated for a while (it contained many people who has come and left the team since V1). Yesterday, the MSDN...
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    Quiz of the Month: Double Trouble

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    Without compiling and running this program. Can you tell me what the output would be? class MainProgram { static void Main( string [] args) { double a = Convert .ToDouble( "1.170404" ); double b = Convert .ToDouble( "2.170404" ); ...
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    New-ish CLR/Reflection Blogger

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    I mentioned a while back that I change from being a PM for System.Reflection and System.Reflection.Emit..e.t.c to joining the BCL team . (Therefore instead of working of those feature... I'll be owning System.*...etc.) Well.. who's gonna own those features...
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    Answer of the month: Type.FullName

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    Answer: It will assert. Why: Well, first of all... there is one big reason why the assert would fire. "t1" refers to something that has to do with the DerviedClass, and "t2" refers to something that has to do with the BaseClass. Good job Barry for...
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    IronPython Beta 6 shipped!

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    Ah.. my old team has just shipped Beta 6!Congrats! To those of you who haven't played with it... you should totally try it out. The tutorial is pretty good, and it'll amaze you how powerful it is. The .NET Framework is at your fingertips! It is...
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    Feature Requests... why don't we just do them all?

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    Today, I learned an intersting (and very important) lesson about building a framework. I was in a meeting where another team wants the BCL's support to add some APIs to WinFX. The APIs they want to add are valuable. It gives power to .NET developers to...
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    Blogging: Tips for a successful post

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    As a relatively new blogger, I am still learning what are good topics to blog. One of the metric I used to see how I do is the data http://blogs.msdn.com provides about how many people read my post (Aggregated and normal). Krzysztof and I had a nice...
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    win $10,000 or read a new book about .NET

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    It has been a busy week for me and a quiet week for .NET news. Here are some happenings around this space: * Joe Duffy , an BCL PM for threading recently released his new book .NET Framework 2.0 . I know Joe has been working hard on it and the book...
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    Quiz of the month: Type.FullName

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    I once had a dev manager who loves puzzles and quizes. During our team meetings, he will write some code on the board and the team would have a competition to see who can spot the mistake first or who can answer a question about the code first. I always...
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    BCL Blog Re-launch!

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    As I have mentioned in an earlier post , the BCL Team was going to relaunch the BCLWeblog. Last Friday, the team got together and generated a whole bunch of great articles and post. In the next few months, we'll be delivering the post every Monday, Wednesday...
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    ROTOR 2.0 is live

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    I know I am a little bit behind in annoucing this. Anyways, if you don't know about it already, Rotor 2.0 (aka Microsoft Shared Source CLI) is available for download here ! Now, when you are writing your CLR 2.0 application, and want to debug into the...
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    .NET Format String 101

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    .NET Format String Strings C# VB String.Format Microsoft CLR BCL...
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