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  • MSDN Online Media Blog

    MSDN Calendar

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    Nicole Stocker on our webcasts team had this really cool idea to provide everyone with a calendar of upcoming webcasts you can print, keep on a share etc, to help you remember and look at the upcoming webcasts for the month Let me know what you guys think...
  • Mike Swanson's Blog

    Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 Rocks!

    • 24 Comments
    Okay...I have a confession to make. To-date, I've purchased four TiVo units, and I'm currently running the DirectTV DVR that includes the TiVo service. My wife and I are both TiVo addicts, our friends are sick and tired of us talking about it, and I firmly...
  • release_team's WebLog

    Yukon Bug Progress…

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    SQL Server 2005 (code named “ Yukon ”) is built on the Whidbey platform. The integration of the Whidbey .Net Framework with the SQL server engine is well known; this provides the “SQLCLR” functionality that enables managed code stored procedures, user...
  • I know the answer (it's 42)

    software piracy in India

    • 28 Comments
    I always tried to figure out that in spite of the fact that India will become one of the largest PC markets in the future and that India SW engineers are everywhere, why is there no mainstream software in Indian languages. Yea there is Windows Hindi,...
  • Junfeng Zhang's Windows Programming Notes

    Less is more

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    Brad Abrams reports four less dlls loaded in Whidbey than in Everett for his helloworld application. *VERY* poor man's profiler The four dlls are: D:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v1.1.4322\fusion.dll D:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v1.1.4322\mscorsn...
  • James Newkirk's Blog

    Refactoring: Introduce SetUp Method

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    Tests in a TestFixture share common initialization code. Create a method in the TestFixture, move common initialization code to the method, and execute the method prior to each test. Before: [ Test ] public void UponCreationCountIsZero() { BookmarkCollection...
  • Junfeng Zhang's Windows Programming Notes

    System.EnterpriseSe#?

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    If you are brave enough to look at Whidbey's native image cache, you will see some odd directories ended with '#'. C:\WINDOWS\assembly\NativeImages_v2.0.40607_32>dir *# Volume in drive C has no label. Volume Serial Number is 685B-4400 Directory of...
  • James Newkirk's Blog

    Bookmark Collection: Implementing the Add Method

    • 6 Comments
    The first test I implemented last week turned out to describe an excellent example of the Fake It ('Til You Make It') pattern. As we continue with the next test let's see if we will continue to "Fake It" or do we have enough tests and information to begin...
  • Junfeng Zhang's Windows Programming Notes

    Codebase hint in config files

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    If your assemblies cannot be found by the standard fusion probing logic , you have two options: 1. Hook up AssemblyResolve event. 2. Specify a codebase hint in config files. The syntax for specifying codebase hint in a config file is in MSDN http://msdn...
  • Mike Swanson's Blog

    Sanitize Your Clipboard Text

    • 10 Comments
    I'm guessing this is mostly a geek problem, but I frequently find myself starting up NOTEPAD, pasting in some formatted text, selecting all of the now-unformatted text, copying it again, and pasting it into some other application. Does this sound familiar...
  • MSDN Student Flash

    Save that Command Prompt

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    Do you like the Command Prompt? Don’t let that blinking cursor go to waste. Install the Visual C++ Toolkit 2003 package which is the same compiler and linker that ship with Visual Studio .NET 2003 Professional! With it you can compile apps using the Command...
  • Ed Draper

    G4-TechTV sucks

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    The G4-TechTV merger has to go down in history as the worst corporate bungling since the new Coke and it continues to get worse. Finally, I see a TSS host that's not only a geek, but who's actually funny and is not card carrying Linux or Apple bigot ...
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