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    Reports tip for beta and soon-to-be beta users (by John Koziol)

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    A lot of the new reports UI is controlled by what's in the system variable _REPORTBUILDER. Wanna play with the new UI? Leave it as is. Wanna run legacy UI? Enter _REPORTBUILDER = “” from the Command Window. The new extensions to the Report...
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    Architecture Journal (by yag)

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    Thanks to a tip on Channel 9 , I've found out about the Microsoft Architecture Journal . Note that to download the PDF you must register, but the articles also show up online. As an example, the first issue contains: Best Practices for Rule-Based...
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    Silliness (by yag)

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    Sometimes you just get things that tickle your funny bone... A video of a dog on a skateboard . Leads me to google the topic... And I get 49,100 hits. The internet is a wonderful thing...
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    A shout out to Julia (by yag)

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    Julia posted about Maryam today. Just wanted to say “ditto”. It was a great dinner - and pretty funny watching Robert's head peek around the partition every time Maryam started talking about him. <g> That's what happens when two groups...
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    AS/400 Data Provider for .NET (by yag)

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    Just catching up on my newsgator folders and saw that there's a beta download of an AS/400 Data Provider available from IBM. Pretty cool.
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    Channel 9 news exclusive on msdn.com (by Ken Levy)

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    Alan Griver (yag) and I were interviewed together for the new Channel 9 video weblog on http://channel9.msdn.com . Both interviews mention Visual FoxPro, our new XML tools coming in Visual Studio 2005, and other tools that the VS Data team is working...
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    New XML and VS 2005 DevCenters on msdn.com (by Ken Levy)

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    There are two new DevCenters on msdn.com, the Visual Studio 2005 Developer Center and the XML DevCenter . A great article titled All About Blogs and RSS online from MSDN Magazine, April 2004. Tip: The msdn.com domain name auto redirects to...
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    More travelling: Prague VFP Conference and Tech Ed Europe (by yag)

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    Hey there - just confirmed my flights for two conferences in Europe: The Prague VFP Conference - June 22-24 Tech Ed Europe - June 29 - July 2 Tim Sneath has a list of reasons to attend Tech Ed Europe, and the Universal Thread has a report...
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    FoxTalk 2.0 (by John Koziol)

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    Got a little sneak preview of the phoenix of FoxTalk. Looks really good. David Stevenson is now editing; he's the former editor of CoDe magazine and has a journalist background from before then as well. Marcia Akins and Andy Kramek are going to spice...
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    Unexpected VFP Exposure at the Product Team Dinner (by John Koziol)

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    So tonight at the MVP summit we were having a dinner at the company cafeteria nearest our offices. I went into the cafeteria right before the 1st MVPs showed up, determined to reserve enough space so that the Fox MVPs could sit together. Found two tables...
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    Phone Number Word Games part 2 (by CalvinH)

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    As I said before in this blog , I have an optimized version of a program to solve a programming challenge To recap, the challenge was to enumerate the possible phrases that can be obtained from a phone number, like 625-329-4741 is MakeAWish1 ...
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    MVP Summit pics (by yag)

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    I couldn't resist - so I figured I'd post a few of my pictures from today ... Scoble proving he's a Longhorn evangelist (one of the MVPs got him the hat ) Some of the Fox MVPs and team in Seattle Center (from back: Alex Feldstein, Garrett...
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    The MVP Summit kicks off (by John Koziol)

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    Today the MVP Summit was launched here in Seattle. Hundreds, probably over a thousand, MVPs from around the world converged today for a host of technical and social sessions over the next few days. Speaking as a former MVP from 1998-2001, it's wonderful...
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    Great day with the MVPs (by yag)

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    Spent the day with the MVPs today. First, a bunch of us went on a walking tour of Seattle. Great day for a walk. Did the usual circuit - Pike Place Market , the monorail to Seattle Center , Space Needle , Experience Music Project and listened to a bunch...
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    Amen, my brother... (by yag)

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    From Don's blog today: I spent most of the last decade honing my ability to absorb complexity and detail and translate that complexity into working programs. I'm spending this decade trying to make that premise seem ridiculous, at least on the platform...
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    Thanks a lot, Roy (by yag)

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    Roy Osherove just posted a blog entry about database projects. He ends his entry with “Very nice.” Just wanted to thank you, Roy - I passed on your entry to the team here. Always nice to get the occasional kudos. <g> D'oh! Jackie...
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    Word games with phone numbers: 1-800-RESULTS (by CalvinH)

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    My boss forwarded me this blog which is a programming puzzle challenge: given a phone number, try to create a mnemonic, like 800-776-4726 is 800-PROGRAM He knows that I’ve been writing word games on computers for years: I decoded a spelling...
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    Having problems with your VS 2005 Community Tech Preview? (by yag)

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    Rick Strahl had some problems with his Tech Preview - it killed ASP.NET and the IIS Management Console. Now, this hasn't happened to everyone (in the blogs I've been checking, most people have been fine), but if it happens to you, we've worked out the...
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    Too much time on his hands... (by yag)

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    I just came across this - and had to post it. Some things just tickle that geek funny bone - y'know? Anyway, it's a SQL Script for an analog clock . <g> Here are the results on my machine: AnalogClock -------------------------------------...
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    Consulting in Hell (by John Koziol)

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    Sometime sitting around with experienced consultants and developers you hear some interesting stories on less-than-optimal situations they were placed in when coding or implementing a solution. An associate of mine years ago told me about racing to...
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    Experience-rated development (by John Koziol)

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    Before Microsoft made the mistake of actually hiring me (heh), I worked as a vendor to the company for the VFP 6 certification tests. The test teams always debated what could reasonably be expected knowledge of a developer. You see, at that time the concept...
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    Late night thoughts on customer care (by yag)

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    Before I came to Microsoft, I ran a consulting firm called Flash Creative Management with my partner, David Blumenthal. One of our first projects was to find software for a department of a large publishing company. The person in charge of the department...
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    VS 2005 Community Tech Preview (by yag)

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    As Robert Green notes on his blog , the first Tech Preview for VS 2005 was given out this week at VSLive . I'm really psyched about these previews because I think that they'll help to make our software better and our beta cycle shorter. Why? One purpose...
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    VFP user group follow up (by yag)

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    Just wanted to say thanks to the great folks at BAADD and the South Bay Visual Foxpro User Group for hosting me last Thursday night in Mountain View, CA. It was a lot of fun – I “threw away” my powerpoint slides and did a couple of hours...
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    Solving a customer problem (by Calvinh)

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    VFP hosting ActiveX control made with Visual Studio 2003 on Win98 The other day, one of our support engineers, Brad Peterson, came into my office and described a problem to me and asked for my help. A customer has an ActiveX control that had...
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