• 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

    Is the Business Tier Dead?

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    With the PDC in mind, I was experimenting with two of the most broadly advertised features of Yukon earlier this week: CLR hosting in the database engine, and ObjectSpaces. If you missed the TechEd announcements and haven't seen these features at VSLive...
  • Tim Sneath

    Keeping ActiveSync Up To Date

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    If you've got a Windows Mobile device such as a Pocket PC or Smartphone attached to your computer, you might want to take a moment or two out to check that you've got the latest version of ActiveSync installed. I thought mine was up to date, but it seems...
  • Tim Sneath

    DevWeek 2004 - An Independent Keynote

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    I'm speaking at the largest independent Microsoft developer conference this week: European DevWeek in London, delivering one of my first large-scale public talks on Longhorn . I've been focusing mainly on Yukon up to this point, as it's much closer to...
  • Tim Sneath

    Yukon Engine: CLR Integration II

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    In the last instalment , we discussed the support in Yukon for writing stored procedures, user-defined functions and triggers using managed code. At this point, you might be wondering whether these new capabilities are the death knell for writing...
  • Tim Sneath

    Limiting Callers to a .NET Assembly

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    I've been asked the same question several times over the last couple of months, which suggests that possibly the answer isn't as well known as I presumed. Since I have to remind myself of the specifics of the answer each time, I figured I'd post both...
  • Tim Sneath

    PDC05: Breakout Videos Now Online

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    If posting the hands-on labs wasn't enough, we've just hit the big red button on the session breakout content itself. Head over to the PDC05 post-show website to view all the sessions from the event. For each session, you can see both the presenter video...
  • Tim Sneath

    FotoVision: New End-to-End .NET Smart Client Sample Application

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    FotoVision has released to the web (thanks to Ed Kaim for drawing this to my attention). This is a fantastic new smart client application suite developed by Vertigo Software (some of the brightest developers I know, who were also responsible for the original...
  • Tim Sneath

    The Zero-Effort Guide to Preparing a Great WPF Presentation

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    A couple of months ago, I posted a couple of presentations on Silverlight, with the intention of making it easy for others to liberally borrow content for their own internal or external presentations on the subject. They seemed to go down pretty well...
  • Tim Sneath

    Configuring a Web Server to Host Silverlight Content

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    Deploying Silverlight content to a production web server is a pretty easy process. Despite occasional misconception, Silverlight doesn't require a Microsoft-based web server: Apache can host up Silverlight content just as happily as IIS. But there's one...
  • Tim Sneath

    Troubleshooting Windows Presentation Foundation Install Issues

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    By my reckoning, the most recent Feb 2006 CTP of WinFX represents the eleventh public release for Windows Presentation Foundation. (And I'm going to step out onto a limb and conjecture that we've probably got just three or four CTP-style releases to go...
  • Tim Sneath

    WPF Unleashed - New Book from Sams Publishing

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    If you're looking to learn WPF from a book, there are an increasing range of good choices out on the bookshelves that are based on the shipping APIs. I wrote a little about Charles Petzold's latest Microsoft Press title Applications = Code + Markup a...
  • Tim Sneath

    Microsoft Expression Launch Event

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    I'm presuming that almost everyone who follows this blog has at least one of the Expression design tools on their machine; Expression Blend (formeddrly known as "Sparkle" or Expression Interactive Designer) is an essential part of the arsenal for any...
  • Tim Sneath

    Silverlight Isn't Just about Presentation...

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    I wanted to highlight a Silverlight feature that is often overlooked, relating to the way that Silverlight interacts with HTML. Although most people think about Silverlight as a technology for building web-based user interfaces through XAML, it also offers...
  • Tim Sneath

    Silverlight 1.0 - The Release

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    As I imagine almost every reader of this blog knows, yesterday we released the final version of Silverlight 1.0. It's an appropriate time to congratulate the ~100 people involved in building this first milestone in what will undoubtedly be a long journey...
  • Tim Sneath

    WPF Momentum Video

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    For the last few months, I've been featuring a portfolio of great WPF applications that have shipped since we launched WPF. We turned some of those, plus a bunch of new ones, into a keynote "anthem" video that Ray Ozzie just showed. I thought I'd upload...
  • Tim Sneath

    Print Your Outlook Calendar in Style: with WPF...

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    I'm often asked for examples of how Microsoft are using WPF in our own applications. We're building up quite a nice little list of teams who are taking advantage of the technology, but inevitably (and unfortunately) most of them aren't ready for public...
  • Tim Sneath

    What You’ll Hear at PDC2008

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    My favorite conference is almost upon us. If I’ve been quiet for a little while on my blog, it’s because this has been a crazy busy season for me and my team, as we put all the pieces in place for PDC2008. PDC is Microsoft’s flagship conference, both...
  • Tim Sneath

    Esoteric .NET Language Challenge

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    It's Friday afternoon, I'm bored with "conventional languages" such as C# and VB, so let's play a game! I've got four different code snippets from somewhat esoteric languages. They've only one thing in common - they can all be compiled with a .NET compiler...
  • Tim Sneath

    And So It Starts Again... Avalon Community Technical Preview Released

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    The documentation is complete and the bits are signed off and uploaded to MSDN Subscriber Downloads . Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the first Community Technical Preview release of "Avalon"! Avalon is the new graphics display subsystem that we...
  • Tim Sneath

    End of an Era for the ISA Bus

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    What is a PC? Certainly the specification for PCs has changed almost entirely since the earliest examples. Another element of the original PC architecture was finally consigned to the dust this month with the announcement tucked away on the WHDC site...
  • Tim Sneath

    Looking for a Good Photo Sharing Site

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    Over the last few months, I've been developing my interest in photography, in particular as a result of acquiring a new digital SLR camera earlier this year (a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT - it's a great camera, incidentally). Despite my best efforts at...
  • Tim Sneath

    ASP.NET Session State: Architectural and Performance Considerations

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    I recently came across a great post on one of the internal forums describing the strengths and weaknesses of different ASP.NET session state strategies. Its author, J.D. Meier, has graciously given me permission to use it as the basis of a blog entry...
  • Tim Sneath

    TechEd Europe 2004 Data Track

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    [Updated: This is the final list of sessions, based on some of the suggestions in the comments below...] I want to do something which I don't think has ever happened before: invite open peer feedback on one of the TechEd Europe tracks before it's completely...
  • Tim Sneath

    Dream .NET Bookshelf

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    For what it's worth, I've updated my dream .NET bookshelf . Have I missed anything?
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