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  • Blog Post: LINQ-To-Everywhere – List of LINQ Providers

    This weekend I’ve built a small application, which queries the “Simpsons” seasons guide data and updates the filenames/descriptions. To do this I needed to query a CSV file. While searching for a LINQ to CSV file implementation I’ve found an interesting list of LINQ Providers provider by MVP Charlie...
  • Blog Post: Custom Search Providers for Internet Explorer

    I’m sure all of you know the search box in Internet Explorer! You can search ANY searchable site there via pluggable search providers. Per default some of them are installed, but you can add your own! Here’s how to do it: Go to the page you want to search through. Search for “TEST”...
  • Blog Post: IE 8 Searchbar – Instant Answers

    Now that I’m running Windows 7 I’m using the new IE 8 as well. Recently I found a cool new feature called “Instant Answers”. Just enter some queries into the search box and you’ll get the answer in the drop-down box below the search box. There are different possible queries: Calculations (2+2, …) Conversions...
  • Blog Post: Upgrade TFS 2008 Workgroup Edition to Standard Edition

    I’ve had a little playground TFS 2008 installation for a while for use with some “pet-projects”. I used TFS 2008 Workgroup Edition for this, as this is already part of MSDN subscription package. This edition works the same as the full one, but is limited to 5 users. Now that I needed more user accounts...
  • Blog Post: WPF Day in Dublin

    Last week I was in Dublin doing two sessions on WPF for Microsoft Ireland. They did a "Client-UI Day", where they featured WPF and Silverlight. The first session was given by the Irish Developer Evangelist Ronan Geraghty , who did an introduction to the Microsoft Client Platform, showing the...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 2.0 Upgrade Experience

    Silverlight 2.0 was released earlier this day. If you browse to http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/ and choose "Install", you will get this nice page (only if Silverlight Pre-RTW is installed on your machine). Thats cool! The installed runtime version is analyzed and upgrade tips are shown...
  • Blog Post: A Must Have Tool - VS 2008 Snippet Designer

    Mathew Manela from the Online Tools Group at Microsoft has written a really cool tool, which adds a feature missing for a long time in Visual Studio: Code Snippet Creation. The tool, which is available at http://www.codeplex.com/SnippetDesigner allows a bunch of functionality for working with custom...
  • Blog Post: On the road - The .NET Beginners Road Show

    From September 16th to 25th I'll be on the road with the .NET Beginners Road Show together with my colleague Mario . Our goal is to target newcomers to .NET and show them, how to implement a simple solution over the three tiers. Target audience are VB6 guys, as well as Java, C++ or Delphi people. As...
  • Blog Post: We're going to Las Vegas

    As MiX conference currently takes place here - I travelled "over" to Las Vegas. 15h of flight! That's really hard. We departed at 10:50am in Vienna with Austrian Airlines towards Washington. Although economy class was as narrow as always we had nevertheless a lot of fun. They had small screens, where...
  • Blog Post: MiX 2008 - I'm coming!!

    Hurrah! This year I'm allowed to attend MiX conference in Las Vegas! And I'm really excited! I'm sure it will be a week of interesting sessions about Silverlight, Expression and other Web / UX Dev. topics! You can also expect some interesting announcements around these topics.. :-) So stay tuned to the...
  • Blog Post: Are male Tech-Geeks more corpulent?!

    What made me think about this topic, was a combobox of shirt-sizes I came across during my speaker registration for TechEd 2007 in Barcelona, last November. Why are there T-Shirts in sizes until X-X-X-X-X (5!) L ?? Well.. one possible reason: all shirts were smaller than usual. It turned out XL fitted...
  • Blog Post: Funny VB-LINQ MSDN Manual

    While browsing around in the MSDN library, I stopped at a funny page about LINQ in VB 9 ( http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms364068(vs.80).aspx ) It's an eyecatcher, isn't it - but at least they're really explicit in their samples ;-)
  • Blog Post: MSDN Subscription - Restrict DVD delivery language

    If you have an MSDN subscription, I suppose you get a lot of DVDs in different languages like Italian, German, Swedish, etc... every month. Je ne parle pas français? - Non parlo italiano? - No hablo español? Good news for all Europeans: You can restrict the languages of DVDs delivered to you! 1.) Go...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Popfly is Public

    For some time now Popfly has been around as a private alpha. Now it has been opened to public as a beta version of it! So what is Popfly?! Popfly is a Web 2.0 application allowing consumers (and developers *gg*) to do a lot of cool things. One part is the Webpage editor, which you can use to build webpages...
  • Blog Post: My first contact with the Windows Vista Package

    Although I've installed the Vista Beta on my first day at Microsoft and upgraded it continuously up to RTM, it took me until today (the official start of Vista sale) to get a real package into my hands! (the bad news.. it doesn't belong to me..) Here it is... Today I was sitting in our local cafeteria...
  • Blog Post: GreetingsBuilder

    Well.. just read / execute this.. What more do I need to say?! By the way.. Sorry for the missing comments :-) using System; using System.Globalization; namespace GreetingsBuilder { class Program { static void Main( string [] args) { try { Console .WriteLine( "Max says.." ); Console...
  • Blog Post: My first car-crash-experience :-(

    If you were going to work last thursday on the A22, you maybe were annoyed about a (small) traffic jam.. I've got to admit - it was my fault :-( I was driving to work by car in the morning, there was a normal amount of traffic and (yet) no jam, as suddenly - within a tunnel - a pickup truck in front...
  • Blog Post: My first demo session... - aka. "Spot the error"

    Today I had my first session as DE! I was doing a demo session on Cryptography and Security with .Net 2.0 together with my colleague Mario (who was DE previously) for a customer (actually for 3 of their developers). Whereas he was explaining the theories of symmetric- and asymmetric algorithms...
  • Blog Post: Starting in a new part of live... :-)

    A little pathetic for a simple thing: Today I've started my new blog on msdn.com! I will try to publish articles containing experiences I've made with .Net technologies as well as provide some personal information about me and the things I do. I'm developer evangelist at Microsoft Austria, since...
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