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    Article pagination... good or bad?

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    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...
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    Contraction: Distraction?

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    I was told by an author that using contractions (e.g. “we’ll” instead of “we will”, “you’re” instead of “you are”) in MSDN Magazine can cause confusion in readers for whom English is not their native tongue. I haven’t heard this as a general complaint...
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    Visual Basic 6: Old Soldiers Never Die…

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    General Douglas MacArthur famously said during his 1951 farewell address to the U.S. Congress that “Old soldiers never die, they just fade away.” A half century later, MacArthur’s statement could just as easily apply to programming languages...
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    Standing Desk Experiment

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    Like a lot of developers, my job has me spending a LOT of time sitting in front of a computer monitor. So much so that I'm constantly struggling with discomfort of one sort or another, be it a sore back or stiff neck or aching shoulders. By the end of...
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    An editor's top six pet peeves

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    I'm sure many of you, our readers, have wondered what it takes to get an article published and what a good article looks like. Well, that's a pretty broad topic, but I can shed some light on the kinds of things that spell trouble for an article and...
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    The MSDN Magazine programming haiku challenge!

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    It's a gray, rainy day here on the East Coast, and developmental editor Nancy Michell suggested some programming poetry to liven things up. The rules are simple: just reply to this with your best 5-7-5 programming haiku. We'll even give you two to...
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    Code Exploration Feature

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    We've heard a lot of feedback that code samples are one of the most important things we can provide on the MSDN Magazine Web site. Ask and we shall provide! Our new code exploration feature just went live. Where previously you were only able to download...
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    Now hiring: Senior Editor for MSDN Magazine

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    MSDN Magazine is actively seeking a new Senior Editor to join our team. This is an exciting opportunity to play a pivotal roll in the continued growth and success of the world's leading publication for Microsoft developers. As a Senior Editor, your responsibilities...
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    April 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine now online

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    The April 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine is now available online. In the April issue, we take a look at some new technologies like voice apps and Silverlight animations, plus a look back at performance and scaling optimization. We also feature our...
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    So You Want to Learn to Program

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    Maybe you’ve been dabbling in HTML and JavaScript and now you’re thinking about taking programming a bit more seriously. Or perhaps you have an idea for the next “killer” app—now you just need to learn how to create it. So you’ve been doing some research...
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    Coding with Color

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    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...
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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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    "CLR Inside Out" Needs Your Ideas

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    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...
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    I’m Still Standing: My Standing Desk Experiment Continues

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    A few months back I wrote about my transition to a standing desk . Fed up with sundry aches and issues caused by sitting for hours on end, I grabbed a few file boxes, propped my monitors, keyboard and mouse on them, and started working on my feet. From...
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    Charles Petzold on his DirectX Factor Column

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    Charles Petzold this month launches his new DirectX Factor column , which will explore the opportunities developers have in Windows 8 to write fast, native code for both traditional client and mobile/tablet form factors. I caught up with Charles and asked...
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    MSDN Magazine Welcomes Script Junkie

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    MSDN Magazine today is adding to its Web site the popular Script Junkie tutorial site , which has been helping Web developers work with HTML, CSS and JavaScript since 2009. Previously hosted on MSDN.com, Script Junkie's valuable how-to and tutorial content...
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    MSDN Magazine: October Issue Preview

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    By now, some of you may already have the October issue of MSDN Magazine in hand. Regardless of when you finally receive your issue -- or simply choose to access it at our Web site -- you'll be welcomed by a deep dive into the powerful new asynchronous...
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    BUILD Conference Sells Out

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    I'm registered to attend the highly-anticipated Microsoft BUILD conference, scheduled for September 13-16 in Anaheim, California. But I seem to be one of the lucky ones. According to the registration page , BUILD has already sold out. This, despite the...
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    IIS 7.0 and the ASP.NET Integrated Pipeline

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    One of the coolest things about working at MSDN Magazine is the exposure I get to all the different technologies coming down the pipe from all over the company.  One of these that recently grabbed my attention was the set of enhancements that the...
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    Uncover Hidden SQL Server Data to Optimize Application Performance

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    Many application performance problems can be traced to poorly performing database queries; however, there are many ways you can improve database performance. SQL Server 2005 gathers a lot of information that you can use to identify the causes of such...
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    Database Development - What is it to you?

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    As I mentioned in a recent editor's note , one topic that you said you would like to see more of is database development. While this request was not entirely unexpected, it's not all that clearly defined in my mind either. I think that the reason has...
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    Q&As from today's talk

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    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...
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    Test Run: Test automation with Windows XP Embedded

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    Windows XP Embedded is essentially a developer-customized, slimmed-down version of the Windows XP operating system intended for use on devices like game consoles, information kiosks, network appliances, and the like. With the rapid growth in the use of...
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    December 2007 MSDN Magazine now online

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    The December 2007 issue of MSDN Magazine is now available online at http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/07/12/default.aspx . The December issue is something of a grab bag, with articles about Visual Basic and Office development, mainframe interop...
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    Turning Off ClearType Font Smoothing

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    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...
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