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  • UK StudentZine Blog

    Mint Source Competition - Win an Xbox 360

    It's competition time…. We need Mint Source Evidence ! We are looking for great examples of how Mint Source is making his mark around the country and need your help! To be in the running to win a cool new Xbox 360 pack with 2 games all you need...
  • I know the answer (it's 42)

    C#: Did if( a = b) lose its sting

    One of the common typo of using if (a = b) in place of if (a == b) gave a lot of grief to programmers working in C and C++. If you make the typo, you have an expression that is always true if b is not 0 (mostly it isn't) and the compiler is not even polite...
  • Gautam Goenka (MSFT)

    How to find if build is in progress?

    In v1, we do not exposed an option in the UI or otherwise to check whether the build machine is free or not. If the build machine is not free and you fire a build, you get an error back, which is fine. However, if you want to queue builds or pick one...
  • Arash Ghanaie-Sichanie Blog

    A human touch....

    Bill and Melida Gates charity work is well known around the world but I particularly found these pictures very powerful and moving:
  • Arash Ghanaie-Sichanie Blog

    What does a Program Manager do at Microsoft?

    I have been asked this question many many times. Mostly when I interview new candidates for Microsoft but also when I am having a frank chat with partners or customers at conferences etc. Steven Sinofsky, who has many years of experince at Microsoft,...
  • Darryl Burling @ Work

    Want to speak at MEDC?

    Mike Hall points out that calls for papers for MEDC is now open. MEDC is the Microsoft Mobile and Embedded Conference in Las Vegas on May 8th-11th. Given that we have two MVP 's in Mobile Devices ( Mauricio & Chris ) and a well known Tablet...
  • SQL Protocols

    VSS: SQL Server does not exist or access denied

    I recently worked on three customer issues. In all those cases, customers were not able to backup databases using Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS). MSDEWriter does not show up with “vssadmin list writers”. And VSS logs the following error message...
  • Alex Barnett's blog

    Blogware interop scenarios

    Here are the scenarios I care about when it comes to blogware interop : Background (these are scenarios , I'm not actually in this situation!): I run a blog. It runs ok, the software misses some features, but I'll make do, because I have so much...
  • Kintan's

    Steven Sinofsky describes Program Management

    While the role of Program Management is one of the very few roles in the software industry that is exclusive to Microsoft, the tangible responsibilities of the role are still not set in stone. Steven Sinofsky (senior VP of Office and a former Program...
  • View from the Cube

    Under Utilized ISV Resource

    The Microsoft Partner Program provides ISVs with many valuable resources. I am always surprised at how few of our ISV partners are aware of and utilize the ISV Advisory Service. This service provides proactive support beyond your break-fix product maintenance...
  • Jamie's Junk

    Extending Analytical Capabilities of SQL Server with SPSS

    For those of you who still want more from SQL BI, you can now download the SPSS Statistical Services for Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Preview which adds statistical analyses to the BI Dev Studio and some custom transforms to SQL Server Integration Services...
  • Rob Caron

    Converting NUnit Tests to Team System

    James Newkirk has released the first RC of his NUnit conversion tool for migrating NUnit unit tests to Visual Studio 2005 Team System: The first Release Candidate of the NUnit Converter has been uploaded to the GotDotNet workspace. It supports the...
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