Stephen Toub

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  • Blog Post: .NET Matters: Stream Pipeline

    My latest .NET Matters column in MSDN Magazine is now available online . In it, I discuss one approach to implementing a BlockingStream and using it to implement a StreamPipeline class.
  • Blog Post: .NET Matters: Debugging finalizers

    My latest .NET Matters in MSDN Magazine is now online: http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/07/11/NETMatters/default.aspx
  • Blog Post: .NET Matters: Deadlock Monitor

    My latest .NET Matters in MSDN Magazine is now online here . In it, I discuss what deadlocks are and ways to detect them when using monitors.
  • Blog Post: Latest column online: Tales from the CryptoRandom

    It's been a while since I've added to this blog; been very busy with some really cool stuff at work (more about that soon). In the meantime, my latest .NET Matters column in MSDN Magazine is now online at http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/07/09/NETMatters/default.aspx (cowritten with Shawn Farkas...
  • Blog Post: Handling window messages in console apps

    If you've ever wondered how to handle window messages in .NET console applications, check out my latest .NET Matters column in the June 2007 issue of MSDN Magazine , which just went online an hour or so ago.
  • Blog Post: Code samples from DevConnections talk

    Thanks to everyone who attended my talks yesterday at DevConnections. For those of you who were at the talk on using managed code to access some of the native-only APIs in Vista, you can get the code samples I used for the demos here . The slides from both talks should be available on the conference...
  • Blog Post: DllPreviewHandler for Windows Vista

    At DevConnections this week, I wanted to demonstrate how easy it can be to write preview handlers for Windows Vista. Using the framework I created for my article in the January 2007 issue of MSDN Magazine , I whipped up this little guy: [PreviewHandler("MSDN Magazine DLL Preview Handler", ".dll", "{1A565B60...
  • Blog Post: April 2007 issue of MSDN Magazine now online

    The April 2007 issue of MSDN Magazine is now online at http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/07/04 . Enjoy!
  • Blog Post: Update to PreviewHandlerAssociationEditor for Vista x64

    John Robbins emailed me tonight to let me know that he found a bug with my PreviewHandlerAssociatedEditor tool with Vista running on x64. The tool first looks in the registry to see what handlers are available, and then it looks at all classes/extensions to see which have handlers registered with...
  • Blog Post: Code for PreviewHandlerAssociationEditor

    I've had several requests for the code for the PreviewHandlerAssociationEditor tool I put up a few weeks back to accompany my MSDN Magazine article on preview handlers . I've updated the download to include the source for the project. Enjoy!
  • Blog Post: Error 2869 when installing preview handlers MSI

    If you're getting an error with error code 2869 when installing the sample preview handlers associated with my preview handler article from the January 2007 issue of MSDN Magazine , make sure you're following the directions in the README file. Open a new console window with "Run as administrator". From...
  • Blog Post: UnauthorizedAccessException in PDF Preview Handler

    For my article on preview handlers in the January 2007 issue of MSDN Magazine , I wrote a sample preview handler for previewing PDF files. This allows you to view PDF files in Outlook and in the Vista shell just as you would other document types for which there are built-in preview handlers, like for...
  • Blog Post: Preview Handler Association Editor

    I received an email from MSDN Magazine subscriber Oren Novotny thanking me for my preview handler article in the January 2007 issue of MSDN Magazine . Oren also wondered whether a tool could be written to make it easy to edit preview handler registrations for particular extensions. For example, what...
  • Blog Post: January 2007 MSDN Magazine now online

    As announced over on the MSDN Magazine blog , the January 2007 issue of MSDN Magazine is now available online at http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/07/01 .
  • Blog Post: MSDN Magazine in 7 languages!

    Starting with the November 2006 issue, MSDN Magazine is now available online in seven languages! This includes English, French, Spanish, German, Russian, Brazilian Portuguese, and Simplified Chinese. Want to read the November issue in Russian ? How about German ? Maybe in Spanish ? We're very excited...
  • Blog Post: November 2006 MSDN Magazine now online

    The November 2006 issue of MSDN Magazine is now available online at http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/06/11 . This includes the November installment of my favorite column, .NET Matters , available at http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/06/11/NETMatters .
  • Blog Post: October 2006 MSDN Magazine now online

    The October 2006 issue of MSDN Magazine is now available online at http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/06/10 . Enjoy! Steve
  • Blog Post: September 2006 MSDN Magazine now online

    The September 2006 issue of MSDN Magazine is now available online at http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/06/09 . This includes the September installment of my favorite column, .NET Matters , available at http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/06/09/NETMatters .
  • Blog Post: Free MSDN Magazine subscription to MSDN Premium subscribers in the US

    I was chatting with a few Microsoft folks last week, and they asked me if they could get a discounted rate on MSDN Magazine. (Not that it's expensive to begin with; at $35 if you buy it through the MSDN Magazine Web site, and at $25 if you buy it through the offers typically distributed at conferences...
  • Blog Post: August 2006 MSDN Magazine now online

    The August 2006 issue of MSDN Magazine is now available online at http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/06/08 . And for those of you on the go, a downloadable CHM file of the entire issue is available at http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/htmlhelp.aspx .
  • Blog Post: July 2006 MSDN Magazine now online

    The July 2006 issue of MSDN Magazine is now available online at http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/06/07 . And for those of you on the go, a downloadable CHM file of the entire issue is available at http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/htmlhelp.aspx .
  • Blog Post: 30

    With the June 2006 issue of MSDN Magazine online as of today, I now have 30 articles published on MSDN. I figure that's a good time for a recap. Here are the articles and the user-submitted ratings information for each (as of this morning). Title Rating Raters ...
  • Blog Post: June 2006 MSDN Magazine now online

    The June 2006 issue of MSDN Magazine is now available online at http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/06/06 . The June installment of my favorite column, .NET Matters , is available at http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/06/06/NETMatters . And for those of you on the go, a downloadable...
  • Blog Post: Low-Level Keyboard Hook in C#

    I answered a question today where someone asked for an example of setting a low-level keyboard hook with C#. I actually have an example of doing so in my May 2006 MSDN Magazine article on Managed Debugging Assistants , but the example is purposefully buggy in order to demonstrate the behavior of certain...
  • Blog Post: May 2006 MSDN Magazine now online

    The May 2006 issue of MSDN Magazine is now available online at http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/06/05 . Enjoy, Steve
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