Santomania

Addy Santo's occasional braindumps

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    First day at Microsoft

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    Well, today was my first day as an MS employee :) My email address is addys@microsoft.com if anyone wants to know. Today was spent mostly on my NEO (New Employee Orientation) and getting set up with hardware, network access, etc. My thoughts so far: ...
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    Anti-Patterns

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    Know everything there is to know about Design Patterns? Well it is time to move on to Anti-Patterns. Anti-Pattern: An AntiPattern is a pattern that tells how to go from a problem to a bad solution. (Contrast to an AmeliorationPattern, which is a pattern...
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    there goes the hard disk... there go the blogs... there go the *.*...

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    Well, my HD died at work taking with it almost a year of aggregated feeds and most importantly - my OPML. Since I'm returning my old laptop to my old employer next week and getting a new one from Microsoft the week after (woohoo!), I'll probably wait...
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    Combatting the spyware blues, MyIE2 to the rescue

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    I moved from Israel to New York roughly a year ago. Since a year is a pretty long time to be away from your family, my parents decided to fly in for a quick visit over the holidays. They slept in my guest room (aka “the server room”) and we...
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    [OT] Gollum in da hood

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    I almost died laughing... if you are a LOTR fan, check this out.
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    Happy New Year! Welcome To Microsoft! Resistance is futile!

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    Yep, I got that warm fuzzy feeling which only an email titled “ Welcome To Microsoft ” can give :) In mid January I'll fly over to the campus for a NEO (New Employee Orientation) where I will get b0rg implants , have my personality matrix...
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    Productivity, ListViews, going dark and more

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    I haven't been posting much lately, and chances are that I will go totally dark for the next few weeks. Bummer. But anyway, until I get back: 1. Improve your ListView performance - instead of creating and adding ListViewItems in the same loop, create...
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    To help or not to help [ when Microsoft asks for it]

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    Frans doesn't like when Microsoft asks for help . First of all, although I disagree with his opinion, I want to strongly protest the unfriendly responses to his post. Everyone should be able to freely raise issues and speak their mind without fear...
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    Hello from the Sharepoint Airlift!

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    I'll keep it short since the wireless network here is kind of spotty: Sharepoint developers can expect additional tools in the coming months, including import/export/migration tools (SPIN, SPOUT) and a Sharepoint Biztalk adaptor which can kick-off...
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    Sharepoint Portals + Integration Technical Airlift this week

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    I'm flying out to the Portals & Integration Airlift this week in Seattle... Are there any other bloggers out there who plan to attend? Also, my social calendar while I'm there (all week) is kinda empty, anyone wanna get together to discuss .NET...
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    Oh no, SelectSingleNode is evil!

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    I have been reflecting alot lately, however I was actually tipped off to this one via Lamont Harrington . Since it was news to me (and I'm typically not the slowest fish in the barrel), I find it worth mentioning: Decompile the XmlNode.SelectSingleNode...
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    "Software is like blood"

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    In this article , titled “ Rise of Linux totally unstoppable ” I found the following quote especially interesting: "Customers and governments will have to trust the software and the only way to do it is to show the source code, not just...
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    Random Thoughts

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    1. On the dynamic SQL issue , I vote for Frans . I have architected and developed systems using both approaches, and the amount of time required to code, debug and maintain SPs just isn't worth the marginal perf gains. Enough said on that by everyone...
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    Locality of reference and performance : Things you hope you will never need to use

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    People who can measure their application data's locality of reference using the CPU'S L2 cache scare me :) Personally, I find the biggest single performance improvement tactic is KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) which includes things such as using existing...
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    [OT] clueless tech correspondents :)

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    This guy thinks he is one of the first to review OneNote... Ya gotta love clueless tech correspondents :) Chicago Tribune By James Coates Thursday, November 13, 2003 After a few months of reviewing advance copies of Microsoft's...
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    Sharepoint tip of the day

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    Actually this is more a Web Services tip, but what the heck - When using the WSS Web Services, you will need to bind your proxy to the asmx file in the _vti_bin directory of the site you want to update. Meaning that to work with multiple WSS sites, you...
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    VS 1.2 (Whidbey) start page?

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    Does anyone know how to reach the VS 1.2 Start page, or even better - how to change the default “profile” which defines the docking schemes and keyboard mappings?
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    SharpReader 0.9.3.1 - AlertNewItems Feature

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    The 0.9.3.* ver of SharpReader rocks, but when you update you might want to turn the “AlertNewItems” property default value to FALSE. Or you can just watch herds of wild alerts stampede across your desktop :) In my case I haven't gone through...
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    Bayesian filtering for annoying blog topics

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    Next time I find myself with a few free hours, I know what to do: Take a Bayesian spam filter and modify it to do away with the following families of blog posts (which comprise 80% of my daily weblog intake): 1. I just installed [W hidbey / Longhorn...
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    New SharpReader - 0.9.3

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    SharpReader 0.9.3 is out. [ Luke Hutteman ]: My favorite improvement: Memory consumption has been reduced by approximately 25%. Startup performance has also been improved.
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    Unit tests: How much is enough?

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    Looking back on some of my earlier projects, I noticed that UTs account for roughly 20% of my total code lines. I was wondering if anyone else has similar numbers for their unit tests? It seems to me that my numbers are a bit low, to achieve total test...
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    SharePoint 2003 - what would you like to know?

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    My Sharepoint presentation is running a bit long and I need to cut it down by a few minutes. If you are planning to come & see it this Thursday at NJMSDEV (or even if you aren't) which of the following is LEAST important to you? 1. Walkthrough...
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    Hillel Cooperman’s PDC Presentation

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    With all the very positive buzz surrounding Hillel Cooperman’s PDC Presentation, I hereby add myself to the list of people drooling for an downloadable video!
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    October 2003 .NET Framework SDK Documentation Update

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    5000 new code samples... There goes the weekend... The October 2003 .NET Framework SDK Documentation Update provides the latest version of the .NET Framework SDK version 1.1 documentation. This update includes: Over 5,000 additional code examples...
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    No, Dammit, I'm not there!

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    Grrr....
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