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  • Blog Post: The BEST Silverlight sample of them all...

    Oh well...I am biased since I worked on this...but I really think this is a COOL demo of silverlight and AJAX and what eCommerce scenarios can look like. I especially like the use of videos which I was initially skeptical about but I think can actually influence the impulsive buyers a lot while...
  • Blog Post: Process Monitor for Debugging

    The Process Monitor looks like a great tool to help in debugging issues and includes a bunch of features from a diverse set of sysinternal utilities such as RegMon, FileMon etc. I think this is the first tool offering to come out since the acquisition of Sysinternals.com and more importantly perhaps...
  • Blog Post: What's NXT?

    Finally managed to make at least the first basic robot using the Lego Mindstorm NXT kit which I ordered recently. Still haven't tried the Microsoft Robotics Studio (which recently announced the October 2006 CTP release) but that will be the next (or should I say 'nxt') thing I shall be doing. Among other...
  • Blog Post: Wow! Posting this from Word 2007!

    Am trying out the new Blogging feature in Word 2007 and love it. One of the biggest benefits is the ability to use the good ‘ol familiar (not anymore in 2007?) Word features such as spell checking and formatting etc. to write up your blog posts. Very very cool – Kudos to the Word team!
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista and Office 2007 – Two Thumbs Up

    So now that we RTMed Commerce Server 2007 (and the docs are online on MSDN as well), I finally got a chance to dogfood the cool new Windows Vista Beta 2 and Office 2007 Beta 2 , and have been very impressed. The changes in both these flagship products are big and bold and on the whole a BIG net positive...
  • Blog Post: (This Title has only got blanks and tabs and spaces...)

    I knew someone would stand up one day for the rights of those poor old whitespaces . Such a pleasure to see that someone has taken the time and effort to come up with the first whitepace-friendly programming language , aptly named, " Whitespace " (please ignore the fact that this was done in 2003 and...
  • Blog Post: Cool Tools for Commerce Server

    If you work with Commerce Server you will find the following tools invaluable. These tools were created by Max Akbar, who recently joined our Program Management team, but has been working on Commerce Server for a long time and has a very detailed knowledge of everything Commerce Server. Kudos to Max...
  • Blog Post: Spot the Bug Contest #1 Solution: The mystery of the Decimal.Parse FormatException

    Well - as promised here is the solution for the Spot the Bug (contest?) posting which was correctly answered first by Nat (Congratulations!). The Bug : The following line of code will fail intermittently when executed and most of the time rerunning will work. Sadly, these are the sort of bugs most easily...
  • Blog Post: Spot the Bug

    Ran into this recently and thought it might be interesting. Can you try and spot the bug and the possible error that can occur with the following lines of code? Decimal randomDoubleAsDecimal() { Random rand = new Random (); return Decimal .Parse(rand.NextDouble().ToString()); } Solution in the next post...
  • Blog Post: Grads Getting Good Guidance

    Joel offers some great tips to Computer Science students (or really anyone in college who is a geek and likes software and programming) who will soon be graduating - very practical advice. In addition, it would be great to see fresh graduates trying to incorporate testing into their goals as well. I...
  • Blog Post: Are we there yet?

    So have we reached the top of the graph predicted by Moore's law ? Seems like it (if not the top, very close to it), especially with respect to performance of a single, lonely processor. Herb Sutter has written a very nice article on how we are reaching the end of the road, or rather a bend in the road...
  • Blog Post: Blogs for the Masses

    Just in case, you haven't heard the news - MSN has come out with the Beta of a new and fabulously cool general blogging tool called MSN Spaces . I tried and loved it for a lot of reasons, among them: Photos - This makes it so much more personal and effective as a communication medium. Drafts - This one...
  • Blog Post: Costco.com on Commerce Server

    Feels great to share the news that the 5th largest retailer in US (by fiscal year revenues) is now using Commerce Server to drive their Costco.com online store. If you needed to know whether Commerce Server can perform well at the top of the tier - well, here's your proof! As an aside - did you know...
  • Blog Post: Starter Site - The Real Solution Site

    If you have worked with Commerce Server 2002, you have probably used one of the Solution Sites which were shipped as great examples of how Commerce Server could be used in various ways. These included the very popular Retail site and the international Retail2002 sites. Unfortunately, though these sites...
  • Blog Post: 2006 - The Next Commerce Server Version on it's way!

    The official word is out (great to be able to share what we will be working like crazy on, for the next > 12 months) - Commerce Server will be coming out with the V.Next release in 2006 . Some big things to keep in mind, that will be added / supported for the 2006 release are Whidbey ( .Net Fx 2.0...
  • Blog Post: Drag and Drop and GAC

    Funny how some of the simplest things remain hidden from us - just got to know that a simple and easy way to install an assembly into the Global Assembly Cache (GAC) is to simply open the %windir%\assembly folder in Explorer and drag and drop the DLL you want to GAC into it. That's it. As simple as that...
  • Blog Post: Winter project is here!

    Very nice MSDN Magazine article by Duncan Mackenzie in which he defines and builds a generic tool (containing multiple utilities) to automatically upload documents to a client from a server with options to do various things after completion of the download (such as notify, execute etc.) - the idea being...
  • Blog Post: Next Random Number

    I was expecting (and thus using in places) the Random.Next Method (Int32, Int32) to return a random number between the lower and upper limits specified, both inclusive . However I was surprised to discover that actually " the range of return values includes minValue but not MaxValue. " As a result, doing...
  • Blog Post: ShipIt Baby!

    Well it took it's time coming - but it's finally here. And just in time for my 3 year Microsoft anniversary (which required me to make the customary offering outside my office of 3 pounds of M&Ms - plus a few Starburst for selfish reasons!). I am talking about my first ShipIt award. For those who...
  • Blog Post: ASPXPand

    Read about some "Ready-Built ASP.NET Components" (the English on that somehow doesn't sound right though) while checking out the MSDN mag CHM (mentioned by Stephen Toub here ) and decided to see what they offer. What really caught my eye was the name of the company " Can't Be Done Software " which...
  • Blog Post: Hinglish - Thanks to Baraha!

    Discovered a really cool software some time back to help me type in Hindi . Problem was that I had lost touch with writing in the actual Hindi script (Devanagari) and plus there are all the issues related to typing a different language using the English keyboard. All of these were solved by using...
  • Blog Post: Pairwise Pruning

    Pairwise Testing is such a cool thing if you ever have to deal with testing a program or an API that is suffering from a test matrix explosion (due to a large number of all permutation / combinations of all involved variables such as Operating Systems, Browsers, languages, Service Packs, large API parameter...
  • Blog Post: Look who's Blogging!

    Vinayak Tadas a Commerce Server developer just started blogging about CS tidbits. Really useful stuff and if you use Commerce Server for any sort of development work or are involved in it's deployment and maintenance, you will definitely want to watch his blog. Great to see Commerce Server alive and...
  • Blog Post: Help!

    My gripe with WinForms continues – this time with providing Help in a WinForm application. As before I was again sure (I’ve got to start having less faith) that when the .Net Framework HelpProvider Class is launched (by pressing F1) from within a WinForm app that uses it, there would be a...
  • Blog Post: TreeView Plus

    I was so sure that there just has to be a way to force the plus sign (+) displayed on the TreeView WinForm control - but looks like I was wrong. The TreeView control intelligently decides to show the plus and minus signs depending on whether a node has child nodes or not and whether they are expanded...
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