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    Basic Instincts: Type inference in Visual Basic 2008

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    To support Language Integrated Query (LINQ), a suite of new technologies was added to the upcoming release of Visual Basic 2008 that includes type inference. With type inference, the types of method-level members are inferred based on the right-hand side...
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    Optimizing Managed Code For Multi-Core Machines

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    Multi-cpu systems and multicore processors are becoming ever more common, but writing code that actually takes advantage of those multiple processors is still considered arcane and unintuitive. In the October issue of MSDN Magazine, Daan Leijen and Judd...
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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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    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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    Years of C++

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    Paul DiLascia is one of our most celebrated columnists in MSDN Magazine . After 165 columns for MSDN Magazine (including for its predecessor MSJ), Paul decided to hang up his pen in February (at least until we can convince him to come back), but he left...
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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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    Office Space: Solution Deployment with SharePoint 2007

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    In his May 2007 MSDN Magazine column, Ted Pattison explained how to create, test, and debug Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) components. Now, in the August 2007 issue. Ted takes a look at the deployment side . WSS 3.0 introduces a new deployment mechanism...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    .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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    Extracting images using the .NET Packaging APIs

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    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...
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    Does size matter?

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    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...
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    Today's talk on writing for MSDN Magazine

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    Thanks to everyone who came to my talk today on writing for MSDN Magazine. I hope you all enjoyed it and will consider submitting proposals in the near future. In the meantime, since my slides from today are almost identical to the slides Josh Hoffman...
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    July 2007 MSDN Magazine now online

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    The July 2007 issue of MSDN Magazine is now available online at http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/07/07 . As with last month, this is a great issue with a bunch of useful articles, including ones on power-awareness , sharing code , Transactional...
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    Slides for TechEd 2007 Presentation

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    Josh and I just finished giving our first TechEd 2007 talk on writing for MSDN Magazine and TechNet Magazine . If you're interested in those slides, we're posting them as an attachment to this blog entry. Enjoy! -Stephen
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    Editor's Note, July 2007: What is Mobility?

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    In this month's ednote, we asked for you to let us know how you were using mobile computing. Well? Let's hear it! Don't be shy! What do you think of when you hear the word "mobility?" It differs by generation. One person might think of a motorized...
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    September 2008 MSDN Magazine now online

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    The September 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine is now available online. Here's what's in the issue: Hierarchy ID: Model Your Data Hierarchies With SQL Server 2008 We explain how the new hierarchyID data type in SQL Server 2008 helps solve some of the problems...
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    Design Considerations For Parallel Programming

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    Concurrent programming is notoriously difficult, even for experts. You have all of the correctness and security challenges of sequential programs plus all of the difficulties of parallelism and concurrent access to shared resources. In the October 2008...
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    Windows With C++: High-Performance Algorithms

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    Algorithm efficiency is not as straightforward as you might think. A well-designed algorithm on a single processor can often outperform an inefficient implementation on multiple processors. In the October 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine , Kenny Kerr walks...
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    Cutting Edge: ListView Tips and Tricks

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    In the March 2008 installment of our Extreme ASP.NET column, Fritz Onion introduced to the ASP.NET 3.5 ListView control, which provides more control over generated markup, support for paging, and full integration with the data source-based binding model...
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    Microsoft Robotics Studio

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    Microsoft Robotics Studio is more than just a way to play with robots. Robotics Studio allows you to build service-based applications for a wide range of hardware devices. In the June 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine , Sara Morgan covers the Robotics Studio...
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    Automate Web App Deployment with the SharePoint API

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    Because SharePoint provides a complex and sophisticated application platform, deployment can present some puzzles to the uninitiated. In the May 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine , we will show you how to automate custom SharePoint application deployments by...
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