Stephen Toub

.NET, MSDN Magazine, and other Adventures in Life

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    Free MSDN Magazine subscription to MSDN Premium subscribers in the US

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    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...
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    Sudoku for the Tablet PC

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    In July of 2005, I was visiting my brother and my college roommate John in London. While there, John got me hooked on Sudoku, a puzzle game that was then sweeping Europe and is now sweeping the US. On the way back to the states, instead of sleeping as...
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    Adding Skin Support to Sudoku

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    With the source code for Microsoft Sudoku released on MSDN at http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/en-us/dntablet/html/tbconSudokuSampleFinal.asp , you can take the code and modify it to your liking, adding features, putting a new UI on the game for different...
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    MSDN Magazine in 7 languages!

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    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...
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    MSDN Universal subscribers: get MSDN Magazine for free!

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    MSDN Universal subscribers: did you know that with your subscription you can get a free subscription to MSDN Magazine? All you have to do is ask for it. Log in to the MSDN Universal downloads section at http://msdn.microsoft.com/subscriptions/downloads...
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    Recursive iterator performance

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    Just got back from a very successful week at WinDev in Boston. Not only was the conference good, but it was great being back in Boston for the Red Sox victory. Lots of folks at the conference asked me if I was a Yankees fan as I currently live and work...
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    30

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    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). ...
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    Generic Levenshtein edit distance with C#

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    A friend of mine asked me about common algorithms for determining string similarity. One of the most well-known string similarity algorithms is the Levenshtein edit distance algorithm, possibly because it's frequently used in computer science algorithm...
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    DllPreviewHandler for Windows Vista

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    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...
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    My Least Favorite Day of the Year

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    I’m an honest person. I value truth, sincerity, and candor. I appreciate people who are honest with me and honest with others. And I’m pretty sure that most people in this world feel the same way. Why is it, then, that it’s considered acceptable by the...
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    Sudoku... want the code?

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    In my last post I talked about the implementation of Sudoku we created for the Tablet PC and the Ultra-Mobile PC. Want the source code? How about an MSDN article explaining the ins and outs of how it was created, the algorithms used, how it makes use...
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    Chicago's "Urinetown" is a hit!

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    The Chicago production of the musical "Urinetown" is a hit! Just check out some of these reviews: Chicago Sun-Times "Not only does the show look fabulous in the intimate, brick-walled, 300-seat confines of the Mercury, but it features a hugely talented...
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    .NET Matters: Stream Pipeline

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    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.
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    Donate To American Red Cross Hurricane Relief To Enter Raffle...

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    Charlie Owen from the Media Center team is raffling off a bunch of prizes (Visual Studio 2005, Windows XP, Office 2003) in exchange for donations to American Red Cross Hurricane Relief: http://blog.retrosight.com/PermaLink,guid,615c3873-ec2c-4869-9d8a...
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    VideoFrameReader

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    I'm enamored with the movie capabilities of my Canon Digital Elph. While I love taking pictures, sometimes I don't just want stills from an event, but would prefer to capture the whole thing in the form of a movie. As a result, I take short movies with...
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    February 2005 MSDN Magazine now online!

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    The February 2005 issue of MSDN Magazine is now available online at http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/05/02 . The February installment of my favorite column, .NET Matters , is available at http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/05/02/NETMatters...
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    MSDN Magazine on the go...

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    Scott found a cool .chm reader for the Pocket PC written by Peter Tewkesbury. Since all of the current year's issues of MSDN Magazine are made available in CHM format, you can easily take multiple issues of the magazine with you on the train, on a plane...
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    Missing line

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    I received my October 2004 issue of MSDN Magazine today... woo hoo! I of course flipped to .NET Matters to see how it looked, and I noticed that somewhere during the process of putting out the issue I managed to omit a line of code from one of my code...
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    Media Center and Outlook

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    As I mentioned in my last post , I recently wrote an article for MSDN detailing an approach for synchronizing calendars in Outlook with custom event data sources. I also mentioned that I included a few demo (but usable) CalendarProvider implementations...
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    .NET Remoting

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    June '03 MSDN Article...
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    WinDev Coding Questions

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    I'm up at WinDev in Boston this week (I know, I know, it's really Quincy), and last night MSDN had an Ask The Experts reception where, in addition to the great food and drink, we also gave away some cool prizes for correct answers to .NET trivia and coding...
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    When (a+b)+c != a+(b+c)...

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    In a discussion of C# this weekend, someone said (a+(b+c)) is the same as ((a+b)+c) when a,b,c are all primitive data types, like int, float, double, etc. In pure math, sure. In code, not necessarily. First consider System.Int32 and the following example...
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    Error 2869 when installing preview handlers MSI

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    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...
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    Awesome new version of WebGuide for Vista Media Center

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    I've been using WebGuide with Media Center since the initial version, and Doug Berrett has always done a terrific job with it. But with the newest version, WebGuide 4, he's completely outdone himself. It's brilliant. Works great with Vista, has a terrific...
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    Red vs Blue

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    Go Sox !!!
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