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  • Monad

    Ensuring Script Portability with #requires

    With the MshSnapIn model in Beta 3, there is no gaurantee that a certain Cmdlet or Provider, apart from those in the default MshSnapIns, is available at any point. There could be a number of reasons. The MshSnapIn may not have been installed. The MshSnapIn...
  • Rob Caron

    Visual Studio...Live?

    You’ve probably heard a lot lately about the various service-based initiatives coming from Microsoft under the Live flag (see Windows Live ). See John Montgomery's blog about the prospect of what the latest wave of "Live" announcements could mean for...
  • venkatna's (Venkat Narayanan's) WebLog

    Building a gadget for

    I have been meaning to write about building gadgets for The instructions are out there, but they are scattered across multiple sites. We are also working on getting all of the documentation in one place. However, Mike Ormond did it before any...
  • A View from Elsewhere

    On Being a Program Manager

    My newest job takes me from product management (marketing) to program management (product creation). I've worked with PMs (program managers -- oddly, PM never got to meant product manager) for my 7 years at Microsoft and learned that, despite what the...
  • Rico Mariani's Performance Tidbits

    Buckle up: it’s going to be a bumpy ride

    It’s not easy to get good performance culture. Perhaps at first blush you might think that it would be easy. After all performance planning, like many other quality aspects, is about creating a better product for your customers in a better way. It...
  • A View from Elsewhere

    The Replies Come Piling In

    So far I've had about a dozen emails and a cluster of posts about what a "Live" version of VS could look like. The ideas are really good (meaning, of course, that I agree with them ;-). Some interesting ones: Pair Programming via RTC. Greg Duncan...
  • Jason Sacks's Windows SDK blog

    One Windows SDK Setup problem is resolved

    I mentioned earlier today that a user had a problem with a bad ISO burn of the December CTP of the Windows SDK. If you run into an error that reports that a CAB file is not signed, try re-downloading the ISO and reburning. The user reported success when...
  • Technical Weblog of Eric Charran

    When to use SQL Server Service Broker

    Use SQL Server Service Broker for asynchronous transactional messaging from applications where transactional throughput and scalability is required, as well as rehydratable and failure resistant transactional consistency is required. The example would...
  • NathanA's Mostly Web Services Blog

    New WSE 3 security policy article

    Tomasz Janczuk, lead developer for WSE, has an article in MSDN Magazine going into detail about WSE 3's new policy framework.
  • .NET Security Blog

    LinkDemands and InheritenceDemands Occur at JIT Time

    We previously saw that the SkipVerification demand for calling a method with unverifiable code occurs at JIT time rather than at runtime. Two other types of demands also occur at JIT time, LinkDemands and InheritenceDemands. An InheritenceDemand will...
  • Ali Pasha's WebLog...

    The System Designer's time will come ...

    Bill Gibson has written a series of TechNotes that cover the concept of the System (and the System Designer) and its purpose. While I highly recommend you read all his TechNotes, these I feel are particularly insightful if you are keeping an eye on what...
  • The Wonderful World of TFS Version Control, by KWelton

    Ink and Transforms in Avalon

    There is an excellent entry at discussing some of the key differences between the COM / WinForms and Windows Presentation Foundation ink models. I want to discuss some of the features we have implemented...
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