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Lining Up Columns
Continuing with this series on my plans for MSDN Magazine, I’ll address here another question that I’m getting often these days. While a few posts ago I talked about the mindsets on which my content strategy is to be based , it’s now time to talk a bit about the concrete stuff I’m envisioning, in...
8 Oct 2009
A Necessary 101 on Professional Application Development
I’m in the job of establishing partnerships with different stakeholders (authors, readers, vendors, colleagues, etc.) in order to consolidate the vision depicted in my last post about the editorial line I’d like to promote thru this magazine . In order to defend my ideas about column lineup, editorial...
8 Oct 2009
File > New > Project: Developing a New MSDN Magazine!!
For some while now, my colleagues were asking me about my plans for the magazine. In other words, my editorial line, editorial style. This post is all about it. While I’ll plan to keep magazine’s main structure composed by regular columns and featured articles, and I have no intention to touch...
7 Oct 2009
brownfield development – other ideas?
howard dierking - MSFT
If you haven’t been following it over the last couple of months, we’ve been running a series of articles about brownfield development – authored by James Kovacs , Kyle Baley , and Donald Belcham . The big idea here is that rather than have yet another article or set of articles about implementing...
2 Sep 2009
"CLR Inside Out" Needs Your Ideas
One of the benefits that we at MSDN Magazine are proud to be able to offer readers is access to many of the actual product groups at Microsoft. For those of you who read the magazine, you know that we run a column called CLR Inside Out - the column is authored by the product team that develops...
19 Dec 2007
MSDN Magazine rocks! I truly believe it to be one of the best resources out there for developers working with Microsoft technologies, and I sincerely hope it will continue to be so for years to come. I have, however, decided to move on to other endeavors at Microsoft, and as such am leaving the MSDN...
9 Jul 2007
Coding with Color
Historically, all of the code samples printed in MSDN Magazine and its predecessors have been monochromatic: black on green, black on white, black on grey, or something similar. Every year we reconsider this, tossing around the idea of printing all of our code samples in full Visual Studio-like color...
22 Jun 2007
Q&As from today's talk
Josh and I received some good questions today in our TechEd 2007 talk on writing for MSDN Magazine and TechNet Magazine . Here are the answers to a few of the questions that were asked. We'll post again with more questions (and answers) from the week as we receive them. Thanks for being interested! ...
5 Jun 2007
Does size matter?
An eternal question, and one as relevant to a magazine as to anything else. The processes behind MSDN Magazine are subject to many of the same constraints as are most other production products, including software products. This includes the classic project triangle, where the corners or sides of the...
30 May 2007
Extracting images from .doc files
I posted previously about needing the ability to extract images from articles submitted by our authors. I also posted about how to write tools to do this programmatically, from both Word .docx files and packaged files in general. However, due to the fact that some authors haven't yet upgraded to Office...
21 May 2007
Extracting images using the .NET Packaging APIs
I posted yesterday about a simple tool you can write to extract images from .docx files . That code relies on the packaging format specific to Word documents, meaning that it expects certain files to be in the package and certain relationships to exist for those files. We can write a more general tool...
16 May 2007
Extracting images from .docx files
I mentioned previously how we frequently need to extract images from articles submitted to MSDN Magazine as .docx files. Doing this manually is very straightforward: change the file's .docx extension to .zip, open the compressed folder in Windows Explorer, browse to the /word/media folder, and copy out...
15 May 2007
An Issue in Review
I often receive questions, especially from new authors to the magazine, about what it takes to put out an issue of the magazine, what our schedule is behind the scenes, and so forth. We spend a lot of time working to make MSDN Magazine and TechNet Magazine quality resources for you, and as such I thought...
14 May 2007
An Inside Look at Magazine Printing
Ever wonder what it takes to print the magazines you read every day? Valerie Myers, the art and production director for MSDN Magazine and TechNet Magazine , recently visited our printer in Wisconsin and wrote a cool blog post detailing the experience . -Stephen Here's the cover of the June 2007...
2 May 2007
Want my job?
I have an awesome and fairly unique job at Microsoft. I get to decide what content ends up in the pages of MSDN Magazine. I get to ship a best-in-its-class product, and I get to do it every month. I get to write in-depth technical articles and code samples that reach hundreds of thousands of developers...
4 Apr 2007
TechEd 2007 Talks
Joshua Hoffman, my counterpart over at TechNet Magazine , posted today about some of our TechEd 2007 plans. He and I will be doing several lunchtime sessions on how to go about writing for and getting published in MSDN Magazine and TechNet Magazine . If you'll be at the conference, I definitely encourage...
30 Mar 2007
Article pagination... good or bad?
For the MSDN Magazine Web site, one concept we frequently revisit when thinking about how to improve it is that of article pagination. Some of the articles in the magazine are relatively long, and on the Web site, each article shows up as an individual page, which can mean quite a bit of scrolling when...
15 Mar 2007
So You Want to Learn to Program
2 Mar 2007
Getting Images Out
Our art & production team for MSDN Magazine has a request for authors that when submitting articles, images be sent along as a separate image files rather than being embedded in Word documents. Unfortunately, sometimes authors forget. Extracting images from Word documents could be quite tricky in...
1 Mar 2007
Over on the TechNet Magazine blog , Josh wrote a good post about what we look for in proposals for articles for TechNet Magazine. Substitute "developer" for "IT" and "MSDN" for "TechNet", and you'll find a good guideline for what we look for in proposals for MSDN Magazine . When you have your proposal...
1 Mar 2007
Striving for perfection
I think that one of the beauties of striving for perfection is that, in doing so, you implicitly admit that you're imperfect. While those of us at MSDN Magazine certainly work very hard to make the magazine and the content we provide in it as accurate and as relevant as possible, we also realize that...
28 Feb 2007
Write to MSDN Magazine! But include a subject line.
MSDN Magazine welcomes your email, either to our editorial staff or to one of our many fine columnists. However, there is one thing you should be aware of. Due to the popularity of our site within the community of spambots, we receive well over 1000 spams a day to our column aliases! When you receive...
15 Feb 2007
More preview handlers
Since we published our article on writing managed preview handlers for Windows Vista and Outlook 2007 , we've heard of more and more folks writing and releasing their own custom handlers based on the framework provided. Tatham Oddie has developed handlers for .cs and .aspx files , and Daniel Moth has...
31 Jan 2007
Linking to magazine content
Want to take MSDN Magazine articles from our Web site with you on the go? Want to email articles to friends, digg articles, or add article links to your Live Spaces blog? When you're reading an article on the site, look in the upper right corner of the piece... you'll see a series of icons that looks...
29 Jan 2007
Turning Off ClearType Font Smoothing
As a follow-up to Amy’s post on font smoothing , here’s a quick explanation of how you can turn off ClearType font smoothing before taking a screen capture in Windows Vista. Note that this really only applies to screens that will be used for print publication – such as any article submissions for MSDN...
26 Jan 2007
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