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  • Somasegar's blog

    Educating one kid at a time...

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    There are a lot of different ways that people talk about doing things one step at a time – building a cathedral one brick at a time, embarking on a 1000-mile journey one step at a time, etc. I recently came across (more like read since I haven’t...
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    CodePlex

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    Last month, we launched CodePlex - an extension of our Shared Source Initiative that provides a community portal for developers to actively participate in collaborative development projects. CodePlex is the first web-based instance of Team Foundation...
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    A lesson from birds

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    I spent a day with the leaders in my division recently at an off-site. The focus of that day was not about technology but rather excellence in leadership and how we work together as an effective leadership team. One of the anecdotes that I mentioned there...
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    LINQ and ADO.NET innovations

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    Language-Integrated Query (LINQ) is a breakthrough technology that eliminates the impedance mismatch among different data domains. With LINQ, developers do not need to learn separate query syntaxes when querying over diverse data domains such as XML,...
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    .NET Framework 3.0

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    When speaking to developers about WinFX one question that repeatedly comes up is, “WinFX sounds great, but what happens to .NET?” .NET Framework has becomes the most successful developer platform in the world. Developers know and love .NET. The .NET...
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    MSDN Wiki Beta

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    I have always thought that the bulk of the information for any of our product is generated by the community and customers. Unfortunately, there isn’t any easy way to share the large amounts of valuable information (golden nuggets of information) with...
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    Visual Studio Team Edition for DB Professionals

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    Historically, we have always been focused on improving the individual developer productivity with every release of VS. When we introduced Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) as part of Visual Studio 2005 late last year, we expanded our focus to significantly...
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    Shared Source projects from Developer Division

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    I am a big fan of working with the community in a collaborative way. We have been making some good steps forward in this regard in the last couple of years and last week, we took another step forward in this journey. We released several new Shared...
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    An interesting quote

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    Of late, I have been fascinated by quotes and here is one that I came across recently that I really liked. " It is your attitude, not your aptitude, that determines your altitude." - Zig Ziglar Namaste!
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    "Orcas" .NET Framework compatibility

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    As you know, work is currently underway in my group for the next version of Visual Studio which we call internally as “Orcas”. Visual Studio “Orcas” is designed to enable customers to rapidly create connected applications on the latest platforms...
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    Expression Web Designer - 1st CTP available now

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    It’s amazing to see all the excitement and innovation happening in the world of developing rich Web applications. The Expression team has reached an important milestone in this context and has delivered the first Community Technology Preview of Expression...
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    Summer internship

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    As spring gets underway in full form, as the school season is getting over and as the kids start their summer break, as we see more glorious weather in Seattle , one very interesting thing that I personally look forward to is the start of the summer internship...
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    May LINQ CTP available now!

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    A key part of what we do in Developer Division is to deliver tools and resources that help developers be highly productive. In that context, I am very excited to have the next LINQ (.NET Language Integrated Query) CTP available for you to download . ...
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    Security Code Samples

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    Security continues to be at the fore front of every application developer’s mind. I constantly get asked by our customers for more information and help (tools, code samples, prescriptive guidance) around building high-secure applications and services...
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    Imagine Cup 2006

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    This is the fourth year of the Imagine Cup tournament that is happening. Our goal with the Imagine Cup is to provide a forum for students around the world who are like-minded and passionate about using technology to solve real-world problems come toghther...
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    9 to 5

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    When I first heard this name “9 to 5”, the comedy movie from yesteryears was the first thing that came to my mind. Only when I drilled into this, did I realize that this is the name of a program (one of many such programs) that lets us connect with...
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    Sudoku

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    I first heard about Sudoku when my parents sent some Sudoku puzzles for my older daughter a couple of years ago. Clearly, some parts of the world were already getting Sudoku-frenzied. After Europe, Japan and some other parts of Asia, the Sudoku...
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    Canadian IT Manager

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    I was recently interviewed by the Canadian IT Manager forum on what I thought were some of our current challenges, how we are solving them and some of the lessons we have learnt along the way. It appeared as a 3-part series that you can find here – part1...
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    Open + XML + Developer = OpenXMLDeveloper.org

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    A few days ago, Microsoft led the creation of a new organization called OpenXMLDeveloper.org . The goal of this community is to exchange information about the usage of the ecma -developed Office Open XML file formats. Founding members include Apple...
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    My alma mater

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    Recently, I got a chance to visit Anna University in India , my alma mater, where I got my undergraduate degree ages ago. I was returning to the campus after a long time and it was awesome to see the progress that has happened in the University. I...
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    CTP for Visual Studio Tools for Office

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    Today, at the Office Developer Conference (ODC), we announced the availability of the first CTP of the next version of Visual Studio Tools for Office. This CTP introduces the VSTO support that will be made available for the breadth of Office 12...
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    User Experience matters!

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    Today User Experience matters more than ever before. In the past, there was more of a focus on building the right functionality and the right business logic, and user experience was an after-thought. Things are changing and the world is now evolving...
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    "Made in Express"

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    This week we launched a new contest I wanted to tell you about – called the Made In Express Contest . The idea of the contest is to highlight cool people doing cool things using our Visual Studio Express and SQL Server Express products. As we spea...
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    Team Foundation Server is now here!

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    In case you haven’t heard the good news, Rick Laplante launched Team Foundation Server today at SDWest. The team is finishing up the final sign-off process and will be releasing the final bits to manufacturing tomorrow. It’s a proud moment for the whole...
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    Enabling a broad, vibrant VS ecosystem

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    When I think about Visual Studio, the first and foremost thing that comes to my mind is that we have a great tools platform – one that we build tools on as part of the Visual Studio family and the others a set of rich tools offerings that our partners...
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