• Tim Sneath

    A Strike Back Against Telemarketers

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    I liked this item on Slashdot . The United States (like the UK ) has a "do not call list". But the telemarketing firms don't like the idea, and have called these lists "unconstitutional". So the Miami humour columnist Dave Barry encouraged his...
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    Framework BCL Richness

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    There are times when I take the .NET Framework base class libraries for granted. But it saves so much time on a daily basis. Today I needed to update a file timestamp and realised that I didn't have a touch utility on my machine. the FileInfo class...
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    Mono Update

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    Gianpaolo Carraro (one of my counterparts in Microsoft EMEA) pointed me to this presentation on the current status of Mono , delivered recently by Miguel de Icaza. It's impressive to see how rapidly Mono is maturing as a project. With a fairly...
  • Tim Sneath

    Another Critical Security Update

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    Time to update your machines again... :-(
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    Debugging DataSets

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    When you're debugging code with Visual Studio .NET, it's really hard to see what data is currently contained within a DataSet. Sure, the Locals window will show any DataSet objects currently in scope, but finding out what data is contained within them...
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    Snippet Compiler

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    I regularly find myself opening Visual Studio .NET and creating a whole solution / project structure purely in order to test or demonstrate a couple of lines of code. Don't get me wrong - Visual Studio .NET is great, but it's overblown for doing this...
  • Tim Sneath

    Taking Time Out...

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    I'm taking a couple of weeks annual leave and have pledged to my wife that I'll leave the computer switched off for the entire time. Since blogs are hard to update via pigeon post I'll not be updating this for a little while. It's the Microsoft...
  • Tim Sneath

    ADO.NET Tips & Tricks - Part I

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    This is either (a) the start of an occasional series discussing ways to get the most out of ADO.NET, or (b) Tim writing up a series of notes he made while reading Microsoft ADO.NET Core Reference - you decide! If you're trying to create an OLE...
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    New C# Features in Whidbey

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    Old news, I know, but if you want a sneak peek at some of the new C# language features we'll be talking about at the PDC, you can have a look at the whitepaper published here . Good pre-reading material for the conference if you haven't seen it before...
  • Tim Sneath

    .NET Framework Overview

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    If you're new to .NET and you'd like to attend an overview presentation of the .NET Framework, I'm delivering a free webcast on the subject on Monday at 7pm BST / 11am PDT. You can register here .
  • Tim Sneath

    ASP.NET Mobile Device Update 3 Released

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    ASP.NET Mobile Device Update 3 has just quietly snuck out of the door, supporting both .NET Framework 1.0 and 1.1 . This is one of those great sleeper releases that nobody notices for ages; it's therefore one of the most underrated aspects of .NET...
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    Mind Mapping

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    Reading a good book on mind mapping at the moment, and it's revolutionising the way I take notes. If you've never seen a mind map before, take a look at this ,  this  and this . Like many similar concepts, I'm probably years behind the wave...
  • Tim Sneath

    The daVinci Diagram Surface Could Not Be Found - A Lesson in Stress Management

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    It takes me ages to install a new machine. Getting the software on is the easy bit; it's the background activity of setting up those little custom settings like toolbars, environment variables, TweakUI entries etc. to make my desktop feel like...
  • Tim Sneath

    Primate Programming: An Evolutionary Approach

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    Perhaps I'm the last person in the world to see this (thanks Peter!), but I could really see primate programming taking off...
  • Tim Sneath

    CD Ripping with Windows Media Player 9

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    I've recently acquired a tiny  60GB USB 2 hard drive , which travels around with me everywhere I go, and it's allowed me to discover the delights of CD copying with Windows Media 9 . Now that hard disk space is so cheap, I've been able...
  • Tim Sneath

    What's New in Whidbey?

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    I'm sure by now many people will have read the new Visual Studio .NET product roadmap for 2003-2005. This is an update of a similar document published last year , which covered the 2002-2004 period. The latest roadmap provides a good deal of information...
  • Tim Sneath

    New "First Class" .NET Language: COBOL!

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    (Perhaps I should grow a beard and wait another fifteen years before blogging this :-) Fujitsu have been doing some fantastic work on language support that has been underappreciated by Microsoft, and they've just released a new version of their...
  • Tim Sneath

    Red v. Blue: A Halo Parody

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    Eric Gunnerson points out this hilarious set of movies featuring the characters from Halo.
  • Tim Sneath

    Developing Side-by-Side Assemblies with .NET

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    I'm delivering a webcast later today on developing .NET assemblies, if anyone's interested. You can enroll to attend here ; if you've already enrolled, you can download the slides from the webcast here . The session covers the following topics...
  • Tim Sneath

    Microsoft Reader Free eBooks

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    I'm presuming most of you have spotted the free book promotion on the Microsoft Reader site now, but if not, go visit the site now ! This really is something for nothing, as the saying goes - at first I presumed rather cynically that it would only...
  • Tim Sneath

    Late Junction

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    If you're bored with the manufactured rubbish that passes for popular music these days, you really should try the most surprising mix of music you'll ever hear: Late Junction on BBC Radio 3 , Monday to Thursday nights from 10:15pm. Late Junction describes...
  • Tim Sneath

    UK Developer Events Planning

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    We're currently going through the process of planning this year's UK developer events . We run over 30 free developer seminars a year in our Reading and London offices, along with roadshows, product launches, and developer conferences - and that's...
  • Tim Sneath

    Web Service Enhancements 2.0 Tech Preview

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    Just been posted - a technical preview of Web Services Enhancements (WSE) 2.0 . If you haven't come across WSE before, it's a package that provides support for new and emerging web service standards such as WS-Security , WS-Transaction and WS...
  • Tim Sneath

    Musical Scales with (n != 12) Notes

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    Just been listening to a fascinating programme on Radio 4 whilst travelling between offices, which coincidentally managed to follow on exactly from to something I was musing about last night. Western music has twelve notes in each octave, as is well...
  • Tim Sneath

    A Brief Introduction

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    A belated entry to the world of blogging. My name is Tim Sneath, and I'm a developer at Microsoft in the UK Developer & Platform Engineering group. As a group, our focus is to help developers and architects adopt emerging technologies such as the...
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