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  • Blog Post: C# Language Chat next Thursday

    Scott Nonnenberg is running another chat next Thursday. The theme is the language - come and ask your favorite questions about the language. More details are here . In general we schedule about 2 chats a month, and our attendance numbers show about 50-60 people attend. We like the openness of chats...
  • Blog Post: C# favorite, must have tools...

    I was recently going over our MSDN developer center page at http://msdn.microsoft.com/vcsharp and happened to stop by the tools page at: http://msdn.microsoft.com/vcsharp/team/tools/default.aspx I was considering how to update it, when I thought I would ask the community instead - are there new tools...
  • Blog Post: Whidbey release info

    This news.com article has info on our release plans. http://news.com.com/Microsoft+delays+tool%2C+database+updates/2100-1007_3-5628166.html?tag=nefd.top To summarize, VS 2005 & SQL 2005 are planned for the second half of the year.
  • Blog Post: Book Review: Take back your life!

    Catchy title, eh? I gotta admit, when I first saw the title, I judged the book by its cover, and thought it was going to be some awesome revolutionary, fight the man, david vs. goliath, beat the corporate rat race sort of book. Then I received a copy and read its goal - using Outlook to get organized...
  • Blog Post: MS Web based RSS aggregator...

    Just checked out the trial MS Web based aggregator at http://www.start.com/1/ . Seems kind of neat and eliminates the need for me to run a client aggregator. Another cool spot I noticed is Microsoft Sandbox - a spot where early technologies are put up. Shaykat
  • Blog Post: McCabes Cyclomatic Complexity

    This is a cool concept that Steve discussed briefly today. The discussion was around how to do code coverage effectively, and Steve brought up the idea of Mccabes cyclomatic complexity. This is basically a stat that measures the complexity of a particular function. It measures this by checking the number...
  • Blog Post: February Community Technology Preview is out!

    The Feb CTP just got released today. Its the Express SKU. This is a build from a source branch that we give to internal partner teams, so it should be pretty good quality. You can find it here . Again, this is express so it should be a quick install and download. Shaykat
  • Blog Post: Recruiting in C# land

    I saw Erics post on recruiting in Movie Maker and felt the need to blog about our efforts in C# to recruit good people. We take this very seriously - good teams are an important ingredient in the making of good products. Our management prioritize recruiting very highly too and have recently gone all...
  • Blog Post: Gmail invites - perhaps time to blog a question

    So I use gmail. Its a nice email service - I like the autocomplete on address feature, but still not to sure about the sorting and the multiple steps to trash messages. Plus I just read an article on Gmail at http://www.google-watch.org/gmail.html which was thought provoking at the very least on email...
  • Blog Post: Customer question and a new release

    First off - the new release. Vs7.0 SP1 is out. This is the SP for VS2002. It bundles a ton of QFE's into it, plus security fixes. Man, we are happy to see this go. The security fixes on our end were difficult for us to do and its great to see this go out to customers after so long. The download is here...
  • Blog Post: Debugging .NET apps on Windows 98

    I was sick all of last week and am still recovering from the flu. My blogging slacked off a bit, but now back at work I slowly feel the need to communicate about our bugs and status again. Today we were faced with an interesting bug. Its little known but the runtime runs on Windows 98/98 SE/98 ME. As...
  • Blog Post: The hoops we ask people to jump through for ask mode...

    Next week, every bug that C# checks in to Whidbey Beta2 will have to be approved by our triage team. To simplify this process a little, we ask teams to come to us with a template of information already filled out about the bug. This makes discussion really fast. Whats in the template (hint...Doom!)....
  • Blog Post: C# Languae chat in one hour...

    Got questions about the language design? The language team will be on their keyboards at 1pm Pacific today for a chat with customers. You can join the fun at: http://msdn.microsoft.com/chats/chatroom.aspx
  • Blog Post: Ideal C# talks

    We were talking about talks at conferences today, and it got me wondering...what talks would you like to have our team present on at a conference? Or maybe just certain topics? We used to approach this from a team perspective - learn about the compiler!, learn about the IDE! heres a 1 hour tour of the...
  • Blog Post: The glass is also half full...

    I've posted recently about bugs we havent been fixing. I fear this tends to put a negative touch on the great job our team is doing in fixing other, more important bugs. Our triage team sat down today and looked at fix rates over the last year, and our fix rate for bugs last week matched one of our top...
  • Blog Post: C# Compiler blog

    Luca is our uber cool C# compiler program manager. He gets to do cool stuff, such as sit in on language design meetings, think and plan the future of the compiler, chat with Anders Hejlsberg etc etc. He recently started blogging on various aspects of the compiler here: http://weblogs.asp.net/lucabol...
  • Blog Post: Bug triage: 1/20/2005

    Our team continues to triage bugs as we look to get into a good state for Whidbey's Beta2 release. Today we ran into 2 customer issues that I thought I would highlight. Both were Ladybug (our internal name for the Product Feedback site http://lab.msdn.microsoft.com/productfeedback/ ) bugs. Issue #1:...
  • Blog Post: Crashdumps of yore to go away

    Scott Nonnenberg on our team has posted on a recent cut we are looking at...see http://blogs.msdn.com/scottno/archive/2005/01/19/356347.aspx We've had some discussion over this proposal for a while. For various reasons we'd like to stop supporting crashdumps and continue with the latest greatest minidump...
  • Blog Post: Debugger chat in 20 minutes!

    Just a heads up that the Debugger chat is in 20 minutes! You can find the chat at http://msdn.microsoft.com/chats/ or go to the chatroom here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/chats/chatroom.aspx As some background, the C# debugger team owns the IDE debugging experience for all of the product. So they code...
  • Blog Post: Bug triage.

    tri·age: At Microsoft triage is a process used to sort bugs. As teams start shutting down the product for a major release, they decide which bugs to fix, which bugs to postpone, which bugs to move to another milestone etc. As you sit in a triage room, knowing your customers is huge as it defines what...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming C# chats!

    Happy New Year! I had a great break and am back in Redmond all recharged and ready to go! Highlights of my break - I cross country skiied for the first time! I learnt how to build a fire using wood(laugh it up, but for an urban city boy like me, this is big stuff). Scott Nonnenberg on our team looks...
  • Blog Post: How well do you think the C# team fares w.r.t community?

    I took a break last week. Along with late night sessions upto 3am playing Halo2 co-op on legendary with my younger brother (we finished about 6-7 levels), I also thought a ton about the C# teams community effort. Last year, Eric did an amazing job in getting us more involved in the community. Some things...
  • Blog Post: A new improved Whidbey features document...

    I dig working on community on the C# team. Raj my boss discussed me working on community about a month back in the wake of Erics departure and I happily accepted. It makes me really happy to put out content that helps developers be awesome. It makes me happy to chat with customers and make our product...
  • Blog Post: Back to blogging

    Funny how it goes. I've been away a while from blogging mostly working on other stuff and prioritizing my life around other work tasks. But recently, Ericgu left C# and I'm covering our community interaction. And I realize that I miss the interactions that I used to have through my blog, or the sheer...
  • Blog Post: Whidbey C# help documentation

    Fredrik in an earlier blog post mentions that he got feedback on our blog that our documentation is poor. I'm currently in the process of looking over our C# documentation on the language, the cool new features in the IDE and the debugger. Do YOU feel the same? Let me know! I'd love to hear from you...
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