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Marc Miller, Windows Developer

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  • Blog Post: What is Open Metadata?

    In Windows Vista, you'll be able to register property handlers on your own file types. This is in fact what my PDC Talk was all about. These property handlers are used to expose your file's contents to other parts of the system. They use a standard schema to enable stacking, grouping, filtering, and...
  • Blog Post: Customize the Windows Vista Start Menu Search Box

    Internet Explorer has this feature that lets you add search commands to the address bar. For example, with some registry hacks you can make it so that typing "imdb Lord of the Rings" will do an IMDB search. The registry schema is described in more detail here and here and here and probably many other...
  • Blog Post: PIDL Me This: The Explorer Storage Architecture

    The core Shell storage architecture has existed in some form since Windows 95. Since then, it's been evolving and will continue to as long as Windows is shipping. There are at least three notable places (that I can think of right now) where this storage platform is carried forward in Vista. First, more...
  • Blog Post: Custom Schema on the PDC05 Handout Build

    The API for adding custom schema isn't supported yet on the builds handed out at the PDC. So, how was I able to demonstrate custom schemas in my PRS310 talk? I've had a request to make public how I was able to go about doing this in lieu of the schema installation API. Warning : The techniques I describe...
  • Blog Post: PDC05 Takeaways on Programming Explorer

    Flying back to Redmond, I jot down some of the key things I consistently heard from developers, in no particular order: "We want more/better command module extensibility." The term "command module" here refers to that toolbar that goes across the top of the Explorer view and replaces the "folder...
  • Blog Post: How do I do that with my file types?

    In his PDC keynote demo, Chris Capossela showed off some of Windows Vista's exciting new features for managing the ever-growing sets of data that people will have with PC's moving forward. He showed visualization features like thumbnails, search features like stacking over properties, grouping by properties...
  • Blog Post: Learn More about Programming Windows Vista Search & Organize on Channel 9

    A couple of weeks ago, a couple of my colleagues and I sat down with Robert Scoble and Catherine Heller to talk about Programming Windows Vista Search and Organize. That interview was posted this morning and you can find it here .
  • Blog Post: Indexer Internals: What is the System Schema?

    When considering whether to extend the system schema, you should consider whether your extensions are actually necessary given the hundreds of properties that already ship with Windows Vista. You can view the schema as the indexer understands it by looking at the internal indexer schema configuration...
  • Blog Post: Come to PRS310

    In my PDC 2005 talk, PRS310, I'll be discussing ways developers can expose their data sources to the Windows Vista Explorer so they can participate in the full storage user experience: searching, stacking, property viewing and editing, "live icon" thumbnails, etc. I'll also describe how developers can...
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