Noah Coad

A Microsoft Program Manager on Visual Studio Platform (and an underground coder, lifehacker, hockey player)

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    TechEd 2007: DEV320 Follow Up

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    An Overview of Visual Studio Team Developer tools was given at TechEd 2007 as DEV320, Writing Maintainable and Robust Applications with Microsoft Visual Studio Team System . Here are the resources from the session and you can watch it now online. If you...
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    TechEd 2007: Almost Here!

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    TechEd is this week!! It's 3pm on Saturday and I'm putting the latest Orcas bits on my laptop to tweak the demos in my presentation. Tomorrow I'll fly out early in the morning to make to Party w/ Palermo in time. Dawn is going to fly up later in the week...
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    TechEd 2007: Party with Palermo

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    If you're getting in to Orlando by Sunday 7pm is Party with Palermo , I'll be there! Boy this guy can party. The event at the MVP Global Summit was packed with over 200 attendees. Free to attend, free food, free drinks, free swag! Glo Lounge , 8967 International...
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    What I'm Listening to: Santana

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    Carlos Santana's music is simply awesome! I'm addicted to these CDs. Okay, I admit, I'm way behind in leading edge music, but seriously, if you haven't checked out these albums, your missing out on some of the best music out there. Santana's old stuff...
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    Amazon Short URL RegEx

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    When you search amazon.com, it takes you to product pages that have a real long URL. It can be nice and short, so here's a little regular expression to shorten it. Long URL: http://www.amazon.com/Professional-Visual-Studio-System-Programmer/dp/0764584367...
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    Backpacking Lower Lena Lake

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    This past weekend Dad, Josiah, Dawn and I went backpacking at Lower Lena Lake in the Olympic National Forest in Washington. It was absolutely beautiful, even though it raining lightly when we started out. Here are some pics... J Watch a slide show to...
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    ShellExec (a tiny tool)

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    Download ShellExec ( source code ) Here's a really simple but surprisingly useful little tool. It performs a shell execution of a command. That's it. Some applications only allow you to specify an executable to run as opposed to a file or URL. This is...
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    SnagIt - Top Notch Screen Capturing

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    In my quest to blog a little review of most of my favorite apps, I come to SnagIt by TechSmith. SnagIt is a fantastic screen capture tool that lets you do two key things very well: Capture Just What You Want Annotate the Capture Capture Just What You...
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    Team Developer MSDN Forums Refactored

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    We've done some refactoring to our Team System MSDN web forums that should significantly help customers using our features. There are three key reasons driving this change. Our VSTS Team Developer forums are now: Visual Studio Code Analysis and Code Metrics...
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    TechEd 2007: See ya there!

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    I just got the word that I'll be presenting this year at TechEd for the first time! I'm totally stoked that I get to deliver on a killer topic, all about the additional intelligence you get on your code using the cool features in Visual Studio Team Developer...
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    Swift To-Do List

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    To Do List management on the PC has been a long time struggle for me to find the right app. A few weeks ago I posted what's proven to by my #1 most popular post yet (and it isn't even "technical"), Task Management Software . Well I'm happy to say I think...
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    Desktop Wallpaper from Paris, France

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    A few months ago I did a training week long training course in Paris, France ( not Texas ). Dawn came with me and we had a fabulous time!! I loved the city, the art, people, and incredibly rich culture. Here are two photos of stained glass windows (each...
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    TeamPlain Aquired as Team System Web Access

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    We just aquired TeamPlain which provides a nice web user interface on top of Team Foundation Server! You can get it now for free . The TeamPlain interface looks real sharp , with a bunch of additional UI components "VSTS should've had from day 1". I'm...
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    HTML Applications (HTAs)

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    HTML Applications (HTAs) are DHTML pages that have full local privileges.  They've been around for a long time, but a colleague recently inquired so it was worth remembering.  They're frequently used for splash screens on CD autoruns or as frontends...
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    Team System MVPs on Campus

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    The MVP Global Summit 2007 is going on right now and today is the first day of meetings between the MVPs and their respective product groups. As I blog this, Dan Kershaw is talking about TFS. Willy-Peter Schaub has some posts on what's going on at the...
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    Hide the IE7 Command Bar

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    Here's a registry hack for removing Internet Explorer 7's toolbar with the standard buttons on it (like favorites, print, etc). In IE6 you could move/hide the command bar just like any toolbar, but in IE7 it's not so easy. On my PC they're just wasted...
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    Search Work Items, Team System Addin

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    The ability to quickly and easily search for work items using a little search box seams to be a popular Team System wishlist feature. Teamprise has a Java Team Explorer client, which they say they make sales because of their search capabilities alone...
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    Rolling Up Status on Work Items

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    Say you have a work item type (WIT) that represent a big task, like a Feature, then you have individual Task work items that make up that feature. You want to update the work completed and remaining of the tasks, and have that roll into the corrosponding...
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    Texas Independence Day Today (March 2nd 1836)

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    Today in 1836 as Mexico's General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna was attacking the Alamo in San Antonio TX , the Texas Declaration of Independence was produced overnight and the Republic of Texas was born.... Ten years of independence brought the Texas Republic...
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    Script Debugging Improvements in Orcas

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    We've made some significant improvements to script debugging! The VS script debugger hasn't seen real improvements since VS6 (pre-.NET). Now with ASP.NET AJAX (MS' new AJAX framework), script debugging has caught a new wind. You can try these out in the...
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    USB Memory Keys, 1GB $10, 4GB $30

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    I was just looking up USB Memory Sticks and was amazed at the price they're at these days. NewEgg.com has 1GB sticks for $10 and 4GB sticks for $30 . Wow. Last time I bought one of these I paid $75 for 1GB. (there's also the $13 1GB MP3 player or a 64GB...
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    Your Bugs Are Our Top Priority

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    It's true.  Believe it or not.  When you submit a bug report related to Visual Studio through https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio , they become our top priority.  They're higher priority than even our own internally submitted bugs...
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    Folder Size for Windows Explorer

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    Latest Update, WinDirStat (6/18/08) Found a newer and better tool!  WinDirStat is also free and shows a nice graphical chart of the types of files and folders. Update for Windows Vista I've been using Vista now for awhile and the tool below does...
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    Party w Palermo! March 11th 2007

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    My good 'ol friend Jeffrey Palermo is hosting a bigger & better party this year... the Party w Palermo: MVP Global Summit 2007 Edition He'll be giving away an XBox 360 and has sponsors such as Wrox , DeveloperExpress , JetBrains , and Telerik . Check...
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    Post 100 - Blog Stats and Post Highlights

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    I was digging around recently and came across an interesting fact... My blog gets more views per month (~150%) than Microsoft official site for my team's product, VSTS Team Developer . Cool. This is post #100 on my blogs.msdn.com blog. So I thought is...
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