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  • Somasegar's blog

    The Holy Grail in Healthcare

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    I continue to be super impressed at how far we have come along in terms of technology playing a critical role in healthcare. A few days ago, one of my colleagues had to spend a day at the hospital for an endoscopy. The doctor inserted and attached a capsule...
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    Virtuous Feedback Loop

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    Having a virtuous feedback loop built into a system is absolutely critical for the system to constantly learn, get feedback and improve. Inside Microsoft, we do an employee survey to get feedback from the employees on a variety of different topics both...
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    Unit Testing

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    Customer visits are one of the more fun parts of my job. Last week, Scott Wiltamuth and I visited three large enterprise customers to understand how they are using (or not using) our tools and technologies, what works well for them, what doesn’t work...
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    "Rumors of my (VB6) demise..."

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    As Mark Twain once famously said, “Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated.” I’ve thought this same thing as I’ve read many of the comments in the press and the blogosphere over the past couple of days about the “end” of support for VB6. What...
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    Live Chat with Eric Rudder on 3/18 about VS2005

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    Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 , code named Whidbey, will radically improve developer productivity while continuing to provide full access to the Microsoft .NET Framework. If early feedback from our beta customers is any indication, this will move the dial...
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    Java language support

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    I just noticed that the VJ# Developer Center has been updated recently to show the J# MVP’s. It is exciting to read about the MVPs who are out there helping in the developer community every day. Since I’m on the subject of J#, I wanted to take this opportunity...
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    Enterprise Library

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    Last week I had the opportunity to meet with a group of MVPs in Hyderabad . I was there to spend a few days with the Microsoft India Development Center folks and took the opportunity to meet with the local community. I really love these meetings because...
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    Research in Software Development

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    We are nearing the home stretch for Visual Studio 2005. While I am very excited about the potential impact of this release, I am equally if not more excited about the research we have underway in the Microsoft Research labs, particularly around software...
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    Tools to help you write secure code

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    Earlier today, Bill Gates spoke at the RSA Conference 2005 in San Francisco . Bill spoke about a Gartner report which looked at security problems and reported that 75 percent of all security problems occur at the applications level. He mentioned that...
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    It's all about setting expectations clearly

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    I read this article in CNet today about how Betas are becoming longer and how the lines between a Beta and the final product are blurring. As you know, Microsoft Visual Studio took the lead in releasing CTPs (Community Technology Previews). Other products...
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    Thin vs Rich vs Smart Clients

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    Tomorrow (2/7) I will be delivering t he keynote address at VSLive in San Francisco . My talk will highlight the incredible momentum behind .NET and focus on Connected Systems – especially Smart Clients and Visual Studio Team System. I don’t want to go...
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    WinForms "contest"

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    Delivering high quality technologies, products and services is absolutely a top of mind, high priority focus item for Microsoft. We continue to expend a lot of our energies, resources and time looking for innovative ways of improving overall quality that...
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    New/updated Icon Sets with Visual Studio 2005

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    Visual Studio installs with a collection of bitmaps, cursors, icons, metafiles, and videos to assist developers with Windows and Web application development. The collection of image resources from various Microsoft products has accumulated over time,...
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    App Install for VS 2005 applications

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    Last week I wrote about the ClickOnce feature in Visual Studio 2005. Some readers asked me to elaborate on how ClickOnce relates to Microsoft Installer (MSI) and other setup applications. We also received feedback on the same topic in the MSDN Product...
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    ClickOnce - Not an ad for your camera!

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    On Feb 7 th , 2005, I will be doing the keynote at VSLive! in San Francisco . Among other things, I will be speaking about ‘ Smart Clients’. One of the key advances that we are adding in Visual Studio 2005 for easy, secure, reliable deployment of smart...
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    The power of the community

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    Wish you all a very Happy New Year! The last week has been quite an emotional roller-coaster. On the one hand, you have one of the greatest natural disasters (combination of an earthquake and tsunami waves) taking away the lives of over a hundred thousand...
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    One year into the journey!

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    It is amazing how time flies when you are having fun. The journey is more important than the destination and it has been a great journey so far. This month marked my first anniversary in the Developer Division at Microsoft. I want to take this opportunity...
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    "Bug of the Week" award

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    Since the launch of the MSDN Product Feedback Center , we have been getting a steady stream of your (customer) feedback on bugs that you encounter, suggestions for product improvements, features that you deeply care about, etc. Each and every piece of...
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    VS2005 November CTP (Standard Edition) now available!

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    The Visual Studio 2005 November CTP (Community Technology Preview) drop is now available on MSDN. This is actually the FIRST CTP of the Visual Studio 2005 Standard Edition (which I announced at VSLive! In Orlando back in September to round out the family...
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    Avalon CTP

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    Last week, MSDN subscribers were offered the Community Technology Preview (CTP) of "Avalon " (our unified presentation subsystem). As many of you know by now, Avalon is going to be available not only for Longhorn (the next major release of Windows) but...
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    Zero Bug Bounce

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    I am excited to announce that as of 6pm, Nov 19, the Developer Division hit the ‘Zero Bug Bounce’ (ZBB) milestone for Beta2 of Visual Studio 2005 . This is one of the key milestones on the way to a major product milestone like a Beta or the final release...
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    VB Refactoring

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    A few weeks ago, I wrote about Edit and Continue support for C# in Visual Studio 2005, in response to overwhelming customer feedback. Thanks for your wonderful words of support and great feedback. We’ve also had tremendous feedback on the MSDN Product...
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    The powerful new C++/CLI syntax

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    What happens when you marry the most widely used cross-platform language on the planet with an ISO-standardized language-neutral runtime environment? You get C++/CLI – the powerful new syntax for building . NET Framework masterpieces in C++. If you haven...
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    Transparency - key to effective product development

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    I am a big believer in making our product development process very transparent with my customer community. The ongoing two-way dialog and feedback is an absolutely critical part of ensuring that we together build the right product for our customers. Earlier...
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    VSTS and 'Software Factories'

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    This week at OOPSLA 2004 , we announced a framework and set of tools for delivering domain-specific visual designers that plug into Visual Studio Team System . In the press release that accompanied the announcement, I mentioned that customers are asking...
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