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    .NET Matters: Deadlock monitor

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    A reader asks: I'm using locks in my application to synchronize work on a bunch of threads. Unfortunately, I'm doing something incorrectly and my threads seem to just stop sometimes. I think I'm running into deadlocks, but I'm not sure how to find them...
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    Data Points: Common Table Expressions

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    Common Table Expressions (CTEs) can help improve the readability (and thus the maintainability) of SQL statements without compromising performance. They also make writing recursive code in T-SQL significantly easier than it was in previous versions of...
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    Running Queries On Multi-Core Processors With PLINQ

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    Multi-core processors are here. Responding to the increased availability of multi-processor platforms, Parallel Language Integrated Query (PLINQ) is a query execution engine that accepts any LINQ-to-Objects or LINQ-to-XML query and automatically utilizes...
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    Dev Tools for Your Toolbox

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    Every month in MSDN Magazine , our Toolbox column , written by Scott Mitchell , highlights handy utilities that simplify development tasks and extend the reach of your applications. In the October installment of Toolbox , Scott shows you a tool for accessing...
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    Building more responsive WPF apps with Dispatcher

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    No matter what type of long-running processes are involved—whether getting large results from a database, making asynchronous Web service calls, or any number of other potentially intensive operations—making your application more responsive is guaranteed...
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    Netting C++: Describing the EEK!-osystem

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    Continuing his development of a mouse and mouse environment simulation called EEK!, in the October issue of MSDN Magazine, Stan Lippman explains how he's creating the XML document describing the environment . Stan also describes another way of incorporating...
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    Windows with C++: Task Scheduler 2.0

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    The new Task Scheduler 2.0 in Windows Vista is no longer just a simple tool for end users. It now provides a powerful platform for designing and managing complex background operations, and in some cases can replace the need for Windows services. In the...
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    October 2007 MSDN Magazine now online

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    The October 2007 issue of MSDN Magazine is now available online at http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/07/10/default.aspx . In this issue you'll find coverage of some advanced concurrency topics. We have articles on employing the new thread pool...
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    { yield return omission; } ??

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    And now that I've got your attention, I want to pick your brain about a couple things.  I'm in the process (hopefully close to the end of the process) of getting the 2008 column plan solidified for MSDN Magazine.  First, a little context. ...
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    Blogging the Articles: What do you think?

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    For the past month or so we've been blogging about each of the articles in the current issue. I was hoping this would give each one a bit more special attention than it gets in the table of contents. Plus, it gives us a chance to highlight related information...
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    Foundations: Workflow Communications

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    Workflows are meant to coordinate systems and people, and that means communicating beyond the boundaries of the workflow instance itself. Communication is a key component of most workflows. In the September issue of MSDN Magazine, Matt Milner takes you...
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    CLR Inside Out: COM Connection Points

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    COM client objects can instantiate server objects and then make calls to those objects, but the server object can't call back to the client. COM connection points enable two-way communication between the server and client. The clients for a COM connection...
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    .NET Matters: Tales from the CryptoRandom

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    You need to generate some random numbers in your application and started to use System.Random, but a colleague suggests using RNGCryptoServiceProvider instead. Do you retool your code to use RNGCryptoServiceProvider, or is there a better way to proceed...
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    Extend your WCF services with the Windows Process Activation Service (WAS)

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    With Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) you can host WCF-based services in any Windows process, including a console application, a Windows Forms app, or a Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) UI application. You can self-host WCF services in Windows...
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    Lambda expressions in Visual Basic 2008

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    Lambda expressions are callable entities that are defined within a function. You can return a lambda expression from a function and you can pass lambda expressions to other functions. Support for lambda expressions as introduced in Visual Basic 2008,...
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    Team System: Work Items and Undo Support

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    In our Team System column , Brian Randell shows you how to extend and enhance Visual Studio Team System on both the client and server. Continuing the project Brian started in our January 2007 issue , we'll delve further into building a Word 2003 add-in...
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    .NET Framework 3.5 networking enhancements

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    The .NET Framework System.Net namespace gives you programmatic access to a number of key networking protocols, such as HTTP and SMTP. In the September issue of MSDN Magazine, we'll look at some new and enhanced networking features that are planned for...
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    Security Briefs: Exploring Claims-Based Identity

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    Authentication and auditing features are built into the Windows operating system and are usually quite easy to integrate into an application. But what happens when you want to extend reach to users who aren't joined to a domain or don't have Windows accounts...
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    Integrate Windows Live and SharePoint search into your site

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    With so many search providers to choose from, it's important that your site uses an abstracted implementation that doesn't rely on specifics of the underlying search engine. That way, you can decide later whether you'll use Live Search or SharePoint or...
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    Unit Testing: Replacing Component Servers with Test Doubles

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    Effectively replacing component servers for testing purposes is a common — but often misunderstood — issue for developers. Most people call these replacements stubs or mocks, but these are only two of the "test double" types you can employ in unit testing...
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    Office Development on MSDN

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    Earlier this month I posted to let you know about an article in our August issue on open packaging standards . For more Office development information, be sure to check out the Office-related videos, podcasts, and screencasts available on Channel 9 ....
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    ScriptManager and ASP.NET AJAX

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    ScriptManager is a server-side control that sits on your Web Form and enables the core of ASP.NET AJAX . In the September issue of MSDN Magazine, Ben Rush explains how the ScriptManager control represents a central component of ASP.NET AJAX, and shows...
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    September 2007 MSDN Magazine now online

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    The September 2007 issue of MSDN Magazine is now available online at http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/07/09/default.aspx . In this issue you'll find a variety of different takes on current Web development technologies from Microsoft. We explain...
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    Foundations: Declarative WCF Security

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    In the August issue of MSDN Magazine, Juval Lowy presents a declarative security framework for Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) that makes security configuration closer to the simplicity you'll find in other aspects of WCF configuration. This declarative...
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    OPC: A New Standard for Packaging Your Data

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    The 2007 Microsoft Office System Open XML specification , recently approved by the ECMA International standards organization, includes a new file packaging technology. An underlying component of this standard is Open Packaging Conventions (OPC). OPC provides...
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