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  • Blog Post: Day 4 and 5 - Back to fixing

    Sorry I missed you guys yesterday, we had a St. Patty's day party in the afternoon (my usual blog time). I spent most of yesterday and today just fixing away at some bugs. I only have 2 right now that are marked as fixed available (I've got the code but I haven't checked in yet): ClickOnce Automation...
  • Blog Post: Dark - Day 1

    Fixed 3 bugs today, not bad. I spent most of the afternoon banging my head up against a build problem having to do with my Win Forms designer created resx files. If I can't get it going in the next hour or so, I'll probably just work with my team tomorrow to get it fixed. Today's Bugs: Publish Property...
  • Blog Post: Gauntlet - Measuring success one checkin at a time

    On the VB team, we don't checkin to our source control system (Source Depot or sd) ourselves like mere mortals, we use the automated checkin system called Gauntlet. Gauntlet runs as an .hta app that collects your unsubmitted changelist, asks for some information for the checkin email it will send if...
  • Blog Post: Going Dark (almost)

    This week VB dev is "going dark" to fix bugs. This means we shut our doors, turn off Outloook, and get some real work done. We've peeled off Beta 2 and are working hard to drive down RTM bugs. By this point in the paragraph, you're probably thinking that I'm going to excuse myself from blogging for a...
  • Blog Post: Converting to MSBuild

    So I've spent the last few days devoting my spare time to moving the build process for the DLL that I work on (Micrsoft.VisualStudio.Publish.dll) to build with the new MSBuild rather than Build.exe (our current build system). I have to say that I love MSBuild! Here are the advantages I've seen so far...
  • Blog Post: DevDiv is in Ask Mode

    Oops, I meant to metion this when it happened but we entered Ask mode last Monday. We've also forked our code base to a new Beta2 branch that has started producing builds. This means that my branch will soon be available for checkins for RTM which is nice. I've got about 10 or so bug fixes backed up...
  • Blog Post: What is Monday?

    I made mention on Channel9 that I'll have more free time come Monday ( http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=35544#35544 ). This lead some to think that Beta 2 would be done and I could move on to RTM. Ha! I wish. When you get closer and closer to shipping a product, you need to start looking...
  • Blog Post: ClickOnce in Express!!!

    Shout it from the rooftops! ClickOnce is in Express!! Grab the new October Tech Preview (VB edition http://lab.msdn.microsoft.com/express/vbasic/ , scroll to the bottom and click the first link under headlines). Of course, considering that we are still fixing bugs on this internally (it mostly works...
  • Blog Post: What I'm up to

    So we're pushing to get Whidbey out the door so I figured I'd take this chance to let you know what I'm doing to make that happen: Re-vamping the signing property page: Should be a lot more approachable now Completing threat models: I only own one model (Use of X509Certificates in ClickOnce deployment...
  • Blog Post: The Hosting Process

    A team mate of mine is new to the blog world and has posted a great piece on the new VS hosting process . Check it out! I actually helped prototype the hosting process when I was an intern 2 years ago. When I wrote it, it was an out of proc COM component and now it's a managed exe that does a lot more...
  • Blog Post: Quickies

    First, I got an email asking if ClickOnce supports passing of command line parameters in the URL query string. The answer is a definitive maybe. Your manifest will have a flag in it specifying whether or not to trust those URL parameters. If it's set to true, your app will get anything sticking off...
  • Blog Post: Signing Assemblies in Express

    In higher SKUs of Visual Studio, there is a signing property page that is used for signing the assembly as well as your ClickOnce manifests (it's pretty lame in Beta 1 but I just finished rewriting it for Beta 2 and it's pretty sweet). Unfortunatly for express users, they don't have this property page...
  • Blog Post: ClickOnce in Express (kinda)

    Okay, time to catch up a bit. This last week I've been working on a DCR (fixing up the signing property page) so I haven't had time to blog. Now that it's finished, I'm going to make up for lost time and get two quick blog entries out there. ClickOnce isn't available in the Express version...
  • Blog Post: Blog more!

    So my post yesterday was the first one in a long while. I've been pretty bad about this blog thing since I started but this year is going to be different. As you've probably read from other bloggers here at MS, we've recently gone through our review process where we create commitments for the next...
  • Blog Post: Everett Bootstrapper

    I'm sure many of you have seen this but those of you with redistributable woes should check out the VS 2k3 Bootstrapper . Think of it as a very limited preview of what you'll be able to do in Whidbey. This will let you let you bootstrap the .Net framework and MDAC only while Whidbey's will let you...
  • Blog Post: Embedding everything in a single MSI

    There was a comment made about my “In the works” post that stated that: “Unless we can embed these other dependand installers inside the MSI and execute them from one package, there will always exist a deployment problem in VS.NET “ This got me thinking about deployment...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to the wonderful world of Deployment!

    Hi. My name is Mike Sampson and I'm a developer here at Microsoft on the VB team and I work on deployment. Specifically, I work on Setup and Deployment projects (MSI's, Cab files, and MSMs) as well as the cool new web-ish ClickOnce deployment. In VB, we work on the tool side of ClickOnce rather than...
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