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    Refactoring in VB!

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    I said that I might find something interesting to blog about during my trip to Florida. Well, I didn’t find anything interesting here (other than the dolphin that tried to attack my son – but I’ll save that for a different time), so I thought I'd tell...
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    Friday Morning

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    I attended an Orcas planning meeting this morning. Even though I took the day off today I didn't want to miss this meeting. Orcas is the next version of Visual Studio (after Whidbey) and we've been spending time working on the "pillars" of that product...
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    Friday

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    I am taking tomorrow off. Well, I am still going to one meeting in the morning, but the rest of the day I will be at home while roofing specialists come to tell me how much it's going to cost to replace my leaking roof. I think I'd rather be in back-to...
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    Thursday, Crazy Thursday

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    Sorry for the late post, but this is really the first chance I’ve had to post today. I started today out doing something really fun. I attended the science fair at my son’s school. I was able to attend during the time that he presented this morning...
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    New Email Technique

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    Even though I practice GTD to manage my actions, I still commit one of the cardinal sins over an over again. I check my email about 100 times a day and let it "suck me in." This week I'm trying something new. I am only reading email 3 times during the...
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    Old Habits Die Slowly...

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    I've checked email three times this morning (even after my 8:30 email reading time ). Boy, this whole idea about reading email at certain times is going to be hard for me to stick to. I can see the benefit. Yesterday was a good example. I did several...
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    Wednesday Morning

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    I did well on my first "email" period of the day. I got through it all which feels good. I attended a weekly "G7" meeting this morning. This meeting is made up of Soma , Craig Symonds (GM for VS), David Treadwell (VP of .NET developer platform) and...
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    Meetings, meetings

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    I just came from the VSLT meeting (Visual Studio Leadership Team). This is essentially Craig Symond's staff meeting where all of his direct reports get together weekly to discuss the state of the Visual Studio world. We had a couple of good topics today...
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    Tuesday Afternoon

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    Our review meeting with Soma went well. We covered a lot of things that we accomplished this last fiscal year and some things we didn't do so well at. Things that went well (that Soma agreed with :)) are: Launching VBRun (way to go Jay Roxe!). ...
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    Email is tough

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    Wow, it took me a lot longer to get through my inbox than I anticpated. But, I'm back down to zero . Yes, zero . I have to say, one of the best things about GTD is that the metholdology works for processing tons of information (at least for me). Shawn...
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    Thursday Craziness

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    I have back-to-back meetings all day today. I probably won't have a chance to post until this evening. I'll see if I can squeeze some other time in but it's not looking good.
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    Dark Time is Good Time

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    I mentioned previously that we're doing fiscal year planning. For me, this is always exciting because it's all about what *could* be. We get to think big thoughts, go out on a limb, and then put together real plans. It's a lot of fun. It's always a...
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    Tuesday Morning

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    I'm just getting ready to plow through my email from yesterday afternoon and last night. I didn't get my 3 email reading sessions in yesterday as I had hoped. And, for some reason, after dinner last night, I just didn't feel like reading it all (I read...
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    I'm back and leaving for the PDC

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    It's been a great (and busy) summer and I took a hiatus from my blog (as you may have noticed). I will attempt to get reconnected with my blog starting today. I'm heading down to the PDC next week and am looking foward to talking with as many of you...
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    PDC05: LINQ and more

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    The keynote today was really geat. Bill Gates and Chris Caposella showed off some great stuff in Windows Vista and in Office 12. One of the really cool things announced was LINQ (language integrated query). This is the thing we've been dying to tell you...
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    Paul talks PDC

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    Paul Yuknewicz , a program manager on the VB team, posted some good information about VB's participation at the PDC. You can find it here .
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    PDC05: We've got power!

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    I arrived in LA last night and had a great dinner with Jay Roxe , Alan Griver , and Erik Meijer. We talked a lot about VB futures, dynamic languages, and how Arnold Schwarzenegger rode a horse in an elevator at our hotel in some movie (well, yag kept...
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    My First Blog - and more about VB6 support

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    I've finally decided to enter the blogosphere. I've been a long-time reader and have wanted to start a blog for a while. The reason I've waited is that I wanted to make sure I wasn't one of those "one blog wonders." You know, the person that writes one...
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    Monday Afternoon

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    Wow, what a busy afternoon! Funny how things never go quite as planned. I met with my boss, Craig Symonds for an hour just to do a 1:1. We do these every 2 weeks and it gives us a chance to sync up on things. Craig (who doesn’t have a blog L ) is...
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    What's next for me

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    As many of you probably know, when we ship products at Microsoft a couple things usually happen: we celebrate, we sometimes reorg, and sometimes people ask themselves “what’s next for me?” Well, it took me 12 years, but I’ve finally asked myself that...
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    Comments

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    I seemto be having issues with comments. I just tweaked some settings. I'll see if that fixes them. . -Rob
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    A Great Blog

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    I mentioned earlier that I'm a huge GTD fan. My favorite blog to read related to productivity and improving one's methods and approaches is Jason Womack's excellent blog . He has a way of pointing out just the right thing to keep me focused and enthused...
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    Jay Roxe's letter regarding the petition

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    There has been a lot of activity recently about the petition some of the VB MVPs put together asking Microsoft to continue development on VB6. Jay Roxe, the product manager for Visual Basic, recently sent a letter to each of the MVPs that signed that...
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    The New FoxPro

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    FoxPro has a special place in my heart. I was an employee at Fox Software when Microsoft aquired the company. That's how I ended up here. And, FoxPro was the product I used for my first "real" programming job (one that I got paid for). I'm incredibly...
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    Smart Clients are Groovy

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    I don't think we (Microsoft) talk enough about how great smart client applications are. We talk a lot about web applications (and with good reason, we have an awesome web platform and a great set of tools , especially with Whidbey ). But, we also have...
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