From The Depths

Matt Thalman's blog: Senior developer working on Microsoft's Visual Studio LightSwitch product.

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    Questions on Concurrency Conflict Resolution

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    There's been an e-mail thread going around in an internal Microsoft Business Framework (MBF) discussion list of the best way to handle concurrency conflicts. Someone brought up the novel idea of asking users what they would like to happen. So that's what...
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    The Good and The Bad of Dogfood

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    When first becoming a Microsoft employee, I was excited to get to see and use many of our products before they were released to the public. Most people love to be the one of the first at trying out brand new software. After a while, the novelty wore off...
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    Distinguishing Compositions and Associations

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    For all the application developers out there, this is a request for comments. In business apps there are generally two types of relationships: compositions and associations. Compositions are tightly-coupled relationships where the composition's lifetime...
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    Search Engine Game Show

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    Sometimes it's crazy the things you think of when you wake up in the middle of the night. Last night was one of those nights. About 3am, I woke up, and then... Search Engine Game Show. What an idea! Have a trivia game show where the contestants have a...
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    Gimme a Buddy

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    Microsoft has begun a new program called Microsoft ISV Buddy Program. “This program enables an ISV to connect and build a 1-on-1 relationship with a Microsoft employee.” ( http://msdn.microsoft.com/isv/ ) I signed up to be matched with an...
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    It's That Time of the Year Again

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    It's annual performance review season again at Microsoft. My favorite part of the annual review is to look at the changes to the form that were made. This year, objectives are no longer called objectives. They're called commitments. That seems to be just...
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    SQL Server Yukon DTS: Success in cleaning CRM data

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    I was just reading an article at TechnologyEvaluation.com about the difficulty in maintaining data quality for CRM applications. The extremely volatile nature of CRM activity leads to degradation in the data such as: Customer details that are incorrect...
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    Metadata Mapping in O-R Mapping Technology

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    In my previous post I described the benefits of using Object-Relational Mapping (O-R Mapping) technology in regards to the encapsulation of change. In this post and several subsequent posts I'm going to delve into some of the basic designs used in O-R...
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    Object-Relational Mapping Systems Encapsulate Change

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    Why have an object-relational mapping (ORM) system? Because change happens. There's no getting around it. I'll concede that ORM would not be necessary if you built a piece of software or data source which never had to be updated, extended, customized...
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    Welcome - From the Depths

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    Intro Welcome to my blog from the depths of Microsoft. While I am as low as you can go in the org chart in that I have no one reporting to me, that doesn't make my role any less important. I am a software design engineer in the Developer Division ...
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